Environmental Volunteering – Northern Roots

Northern Roots is creating the UK’s largest urban farm and eco-park on 160-acres of beautiful green space and we’d love your help!

If you’d like to contribute to a major new green space transformation project, help support wildlife and improve habitat, whilst being outdoors and meeting new people,  our new eight-week Environmental Volunteering programme is now live.


Environmental Volunteering – eight-week programme

You will work with the Northern Roots team in a small volunteer group. Task will vary but include improving access and pathways, litter-picking and helping to develop new habitats for wildlife on the 160-acre Northern Roots site.

Volunteering sessions run between 10am and midday on Saturdays and are two hours in duration. Places are limited to 10 places per session.

If you love being outdoors, enjoy practical work, and want to improve the natural environment whilst developing your skills and knowledge, we’d love to hear from you.

To apply, please complete the Expression of Interest Form below and email or post to Northern Roots by Friday 27th May.


Northern Roots Environmental Volunteer Role Description May 22

Northern Roots Environmental Volunteer EOI FORM May 22


Successful participants will be notified by Wednesday 1st June . The eight-week volunteer programme will start on Saturday 4th June and close on Saturday 23rd July. 


Environmental Volunteering – Rachael’s Story

“I live on the edge of the Northern Roots site. I spend most of my spare time walking around photographing the amazing wildlife that makes Northern Roots home, and taking my two young boys for adventurous nature walks. When I heard about the future plans for Northern Roots and how the project plans to improve biodiversity and habitat on the site, I knew I had to get involved, so I signed up for the eight-week Environmental Volunteering programme.

I’ve really enjoyed meeting new people and had so many chats about life in general, as well as about nature, and it’s been nice to share my photos with the group. Even in the cold, once we got going it soon warmed up and time flew!

I’ve enjoyed getting involved in litter picking and the general clean-up of the area and can already see a massive improvement. We’ve spent much of our time working on a small area of woodland at Northern Roots. This has involved thinning spindly saplings, removing dead and broken branches from trees, clearing overgrown vegetation, and making the woodland more accessible for both wildlife and humans. Any trees we remove that are small and healthy will be planted in a tree nursery for a while, until they are ready to be replanted somewhere else on site. As we worked, we were often watched by a beautiful Robin. This little bit of woodland will be a perfect place to put up bird boxes and my boys will have a new space to explore and bird watch and get closer to nature.

I’m so excited about what’s to come next with Northern Roots. It’s something that benefits all locals and the children that will grow up and be a part of nature on the site. It’s full of wonderful amazing wildlife and I’m happy to be a part of helping and seeing the hard work pay off. I look forward to spending many years at this place and seeing how I’m making a difference to improve it for everybody to enjoy. “

You can enjoy Rachael’s amazing photographs of wildlife and birds at Northern Roots by following her Instagram account at @rachaelrosephotography

Where is Northern Roots?

Northern Roots is ten minutes from Oldham town centre. The 160-acre site stretches from Alexandra Park in the north, past Park Bridge Heritage Centre, to Bankfield Clough in the south. It is bordered by Glodwick, Fitton Hill, Hathershaw and Alt.

Other volunteering opportunities at Northern Roots

The Community Food Growing Project, a partnership between Oldham Council and Northern Roots, is currently looking for new volunteers on Tuesday afternoons.  If you’d like to meet new people, learn how to grow fresh fruit and veg, and make a difference to communities in Oldham, take a look.


Environmental volunteering at Northern Roots.
Robin at Northern Roots. Photo courtesy of @rachaelrosephotography.
Environmental volunteering at Northern Roots.
Roe Deer at Northern Roots. Photo courtesy of @rachaelrosephotography.
The 160-acre Northern Roots site in Oldham, Greater Manchester.