Urban Farm & Environmental Volunteering – Northern Roots

Interested in growing produce? Want to help us set up the first phase of the urban farm at Northern Roots? Keen to learn conservation and landscape management skills and contribute to a major greenspace project? Got time and skills you’d like to share with us? Our new, eight-week Urban Farm & Environmental Volunteering programme is live.

During the programme, you could be involved in setting up the urban farm, creating growing areas, constructing polytunnels, growing vegetables, as well as woodland management and conservation tasks, including habitat creation, hedge maintenance and tree planting.

The volunteer hours for this role are:

  • 3 hours per week, Thursdays 10.00am – 1pm, for 8 weeks.
  • The programme starts on Thursday 2nd February 2023 and finishes on Thursday 23rd March 2023.

Interested in finding out more before you apply?

  • Come and meet Georgia Forsyth, Urban Farm & Landscape Manager, and the Northern Roots team, for an informal volunteer information session. The session will take place at the Cabin at Northern Roots, OL8 2BJ, on Thursday 19th January 10-11am. Everyone is welcome.

Apply to volunteer

Please read the Urban Farm & Environmental Volunteer role description below carefully before using the Expression of Interest form to apply. If you’ve got any questions, please get in touch with us at info@northern-roots.uk

Northern Roots Urban Farm & Environmental VOLUNTEER Role Description JAN 23

Urban Farm & Environmental VOLUNTEERING January 23 EOI FORM

Please send your Expression of Interest form to us via email or post by 10am Wednesday 25th January 2023.  We will let you know the outcome of your application by Monday 30th January 2023.


Northern Roots 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 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. It is bordered by Glodwick, Fitton Hill, Hathershaw and Alt.



Could you help us create the first phase of the urban farm at Northern Roots?
Interested in learning conservation and landscape management skills through volunteering?
Robin at Northern Roots. Photo courtesy of @rachaelrosephotography.
The 160-acre Northern Roots site in Oldham, Greater Manchester.