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, Northern Roots Environmental Volunteering is now open.

What’s on offer?

We have weekly, weekend and Family volunteering sessions available. Each environmental volunteering session is two hours long.

Tasks will vary each week but will include activities like litter picking and helping to control invasive plant species such as Himalayan Balsam. Tasks will be light 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.

How do I book?

Volunteering places can be booked via the Eventbrite links below and will be offered on a first come, first served basis.  Our Family Environmental Volunteering session is on the last Saturday of each month. Children over five and young people aged 18 and under are very welcome to come and get involved, as long as they have an accompanying adult with them.

To allow as many different people as possible to get involved, we’ll be releasing volunteering opportunities in four week blocks. Our first block starts on Thursday 22nd July and finishes on Saturday 14th August.

Places are limited to small groups of 10 individuals to ensure a quality experience and to keep everyone safe in line with current Covid guidelines.

Book your place

10:00-12:00 22nd July Book here

13:00-15:00 22nd July Book here

10:00-12:00 24th July Book here

10:00-12:00 29th July Book here

13:00-15:00 29th July Book here

FAMILY SESSION 10:00-12:00 31st July Book here

10:00-12:00 5th August Book here

13:00-15:00 5th August Book here

10:00-12:00 7th August Book here

10:00-12:00 12th August Book here

13:00-15:00 12th August Book here

10:00-12:00 14th August Book here

What do I need to know?

All details are on the Eventbrite booking system, but here are some of the key things!

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

There are currently no toilets or built structures (shelter) on the Northern Roots site. The nearest 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 Covid-safety guidance, and get to work straight away.

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

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