Volunteering at Northern Roots

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

This year, volunteers have been involved in conservation activities including habitat creation and maintenance in the woodland and across the wider Northern Roots site. Volunteers have also worked with us on the first phase of the Northern Roots Urban Farm, helping us to create growing space, getting involved in building polytunnels, composting, planting and harvesting, and supporting on our very first Urban Farm produce sales.


Our current Urban Farm & Environmental volunteering programme is fully subscribed, but we will be opening up more opportunities to get involved in volunteering in early 2024, including some more Community Litter Pick events.


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 in future,  you’ll get a warm welcome!

What our volunteers say

“I’ve learned how to plant garlic, which has reignited by 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 it 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.