Volunteering at Northern Roots

From family-friendly micro-volunteering sessions to eight-week Urban Farm and Environmental volunteering programmes and corporate volunteering days, Northern Roots aims to offer a variety of volunteering opportunities.

Volunteers make a valuable contribution to the development of Northern Roots and we are grateful for the hard work, enthusiasm and support of everyone who volunteers with us. Our team of Northern Roots staff and existing volunteers are a friendly and inclusive group, so if you join our volunteering programme, you’ll get a warm welcome!

Northern Roots Urban Farm and Environmental volunteers can expect to get involved in by sowing, harvesting, composting, weeding, mulching and creating no dig beds in our Phase 1 Urban Farm.

You could learn new skills such as woodworking and landscaping with our experienced land team and support the management and conservation of the 160-acre Northern Roots site, which consists of woodland, meadows, moorland and ponds. Get involved in litter picking, path maintenance, habitat creation and much more.


Our Spring 2024 intake of Northern Roots Urban Farm and Environmental volunteers has closed. 


What our volunteers say

“I’ve learned how to plant garlic, which has reignited my passion for growing food. I don’t usually grow anything over the winter, but this has made me think actually, I could  grow stuff in winter as well. Volunteering is also a bit of respite because I’m a carer for one of my kids. This helps give me a good break.” Flora, Urban Farm & Environmental Volunteer

“I wanted to join this year and it’s been great. I’ve enjoyed it. The people have been brilliant, staff are nice, everything’s brilliant.” John, Urban Farm & Environmental Volunteer

“I’ve learned teamwork, planting, mulching, weeding, planting hedges, and I’m hoping to learn woodwork.” Gill, Urban Farm & Environmental Volunteer

“I’ve recommended volunteering at Northern Roots to many people. I keep badgering them to come. The first thing I talk about is the size of the project, how big it is, the plans and the vision. It’s absolutely amazing for an industrial town like Oldham to have a project like this right in the middle of it. So I tell people about how it’s world leading, the first of it’s kind in the UK.” Simon, Urban Farm & Environmental Volunteer


Where is Northern Roots?

Northern Roots is fifteen minutes on foot 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, where it looks out onto the foothills of the Peak District. It is bordered by the communities of  Glodwick, Fitton Hill, Hathershaw, Alt, Park Bridge and Bardsley.



Volunteers, Northern Roots, Oldham
Volunteers at Northern Roots, Oldham.
Community Litter Pick at Northern Roots.