Gardening/Conservation/Environment


Green 'n' Tidy'
is scheme run by the Wokingham Volunteer Centre. It provides a basic gardening service for elderly and disabled residents of Wokingham Borough who cannot maintain their own properties, do not have local family support or lack the financial resources to employ commercial companies. This project provides basic gardening, including lawn mowing, hedge trimming and weeding, to vulnerable people in need. It enables them to remain in their own homes longer, cuts down on them being targeted by rogue traders and prevents them trying to access an unsafe garden which may lead to them falling and getting injured. We are very keen to hear from people who would like to give some time to volunteer and help with the scheme on Mondays and/or Fridays from approximately 9am-1pm. You do not need to be a gardener - you just need a few hours of spare time once a week, enjoy being outdoors, want to have fun as part of a team and would like to help people.

Norwood is the largest Jewish charity in the UK and supports vulnerable children and adults with learning disabilities. Norwood is their Berkshire home, based between Wokingham and Crowthorne and is home to approximately 140 adults with learning disabilities.  The home is fortunate enough to take on regular teams of employees from corporates and other local companies and they are looking for volunteer help to support these groups of volunteers. They need two volunteer gardener who have professional experience in either area, to help assist with their corporate volunteering days. These will usually take place on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and/or Thursdays on an adhoc basis, so the volunteer will be required as and when needed but probably 3 to 4 times per month on average.

The Wokingham Garden Share Scheme brings unused and underutilised gardens back into productive use. It is a scheme whereby the resident shares their garden with a paired up volunteer who wishes to grow vegetables. They then both share the vegetables free of charge. We now have 10 garden shares in operation and do 'one off's' to help older residents who need extra support. All this is free of charge. They have a team who volunteer who volunteer during the week from 10-12 noon but they are in need of some more volunteers. This scheme is inclusive to all. Volunteers are DBS checked as well as the resident. Volunteers are fully insured. Volunteers may wish to have their own growing plot or work alongside other volunteers in garden maintenance. As a thank you, the scheme tidies the residents garden free of charge. This scheme supports the local community, helping to reduce isolation for some residents and reduces vandalism because of regular visits to properties.

Thrive is the leading charity in the UK using gardening to change the lives of disabled people.  Thrive uses gardening to bring about positive changes in the lives of people living with disabilities or ill health, or who are isolated, disadvantaged or vulnerable.  They are looking for garden support volunteers to work with their clients and for volunteers for their monthly Saturday gardening group.

Moor Green Lakes Group are responsible for maintaining and developing the Moor Green Lakes Nature Reserve in Finchampstead, monitoring and the protection of the wildlife on the reserve. They are looking for help from volunteers with conservation on a Tuesdays and Sundays from September to March time. No particular skills are needed, training is provided.

Holt Copse Conservation Volunteers (HCCV)- Holt Copse is a small, semi-natural wood in Wokingham which Holt Copse Conservation Volunteers (HCCV) manage on behalf of Wokingham Town Council.  Work parties are held mainly on Saturday mornings, every two weeks, between October and February, with no sessions during the summer. Activities include coppicing, planting hedges and installing and monitoring bird and bat boxes. 


 








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