When? Every Tuesday and Friday and on every first and third Sundays of every month.
Time? From 10:30 to about 15:30 in the Winter, and a little later as the weather warms up.
Bring? On Tuesdays and Fridays, bring a packed lunch with you.
On the first or third Sundays of the month, if you stay for the day helping out, a free hot vegetarian meal will be provided for you.
Wear? Old clothes and comfortable walking shoes. If you have steel-capped protective boots, that would be ideal. A pair of good work gloves if you have them, but we will find you some if you don't have your own. Dress according to the weather. During very hot sunny wether, a cap and sunglasses would be useful.
Tasks? The work is very varied and some of it can be quite physically challenging, but the sense of achievement is huge. Obviously we do take into account people's ages and physical condition when selecting jobs for them to do. There is always something for everybody to do. So if you don't mind 'potluck' on the tasks front, you'll fit in very well. We have an ecology centre with schoolroom and various workshops, a wildlife sanctuary, with seven wildlife ponds and an old varieties' orchard, where our two eco-mowers (Sam and Ben, the sheep) keep the grass under control.
If you are thinking of volunteering, we would love to hear from you. We would be delighted to see you at any of our workdays.The camaraderie is very good so come along and find out for yourself how you fit in. We have been running for fourteen years now and volunteers that started back then are still with us today, so they must be getting some satisfaction from their volunteering efforts to stick with it all this time!
We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to Heathfield.
Lorraine Chatfield (Warden)
Running the produce stall on an Open Day