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, we’ve got a range of volunteering opportunities available.

Environmental Volunteer – 8 week group programme

This is a new opportunity to join an eight week volunteer programme at Northern Roots.  You will work with the Northern Roots team in a small volunteer group, helping to improve access and pathways, and develop new habitats for wildlife on the 160-acre Northern Roots site.

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 by Monday 18th October.

Northern Roots Environmental Volunteer Role Description Sep 21

Northern Roots Environmental Volunteer EOI FORM Sep 21

 

Environmental Volunteer (18 plus) – Saturday volunteering sessions

Got a couple of hours to spare? Like to contribute to a major new green space transformation project, help support wildlife and improve habitat? Want to get outdoors and meet new people?

We recognise that not everyone has the time to commit to regular volunteering, so our Saturday morning Environmental Volunteering programme is now open! You can dip in and out of our volunteering programme with minimal commitment. Sessions run from Saturday 6th November to Saturday 11th December and can be booked via the link below.

Tasks will vary each week but will include activities like litter picking and clearing vegetation. Tasks will be light, involve no heavy lifting. You’ll have the opportunity to find out more about the Northern Roots project and our plans for conservation and biodiversity on the site.

Family Environmental Volunteering – Saturday volunteering sessions

Looking for an opportunity to get the kids out in fresh air being active? Like to get them involved in volunteering and learning about the natural world? Want to enjoy volunteering as a family?

Northern Roots is running a small number of Family volunteering sessions this autumn. Sessions run on Saturday October 30th,  Saturday 20th November and Saturday 4th December, and can be booked via the link below.

Tasks will vary each week but will include activities like litter picking and clearing vegetation. Tasks will be light, family friendly and involve no heavy lifting.

Whilst volunteering you’ll have the opportunity to find out more about the Northern Roots project and learn about the wonderful natural world of the Northern Roots site!

 

What do I need to know?

Volunteering sessions run between 10am and midday and are two hours in duration. Each session will start promptly at 10am.

Saturday volunteering is limited to 10 places per session and is allocated on a first come, first served basis.

You must book your Saturday volunteering session via Eventbrite. Volunteers must be 18 and over to participate in Environmental Volunteering (18 plus) Saturday sessions.

To ensure safeguarding, children and young people (5 to 17 years) booking on to the Family Environmental Volunteering sessions must be accompanied by an adult or guardian who has also booked a place.

Northern Roots will provide volunteers with hi viz, gloves and tools, but please come with appropriate footwear, weather-proof clothing and your own drink.

A portable toilet is available on the Northern Roots site. The nearest built toilet facilities are in neighbouring Alexandra Park.  Volunteering activities will take place on the Northern Roots site in walkable distance to these facilities.

You’ll be volunteering with and directed by Northern Roots Landscape Manager Alan Price. You’ll receive a warm welcome, a quick Health & Safety briefing, including relevant Covid-safety guidance, and get to work straight away.

The meeting point for Northern Roots Environmental Volunteering is the car park at the juncture of Kings Road and Honeywell Lane. The best Sat Nav to use is OL8 2BH.  Parking is limited but free.

The Northern Roots 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.

If you’ve got any further questions, please drop us an email at northern.roots@oldham.gov.uk  We look forward to welcoming you.