Listed 8.7.24

Groundwork have a variety of volunteering opportunities in an around Rother and Hastings.  Please see contact details for each opportunity

Combe Valley Community Garden and Conservation sessions @ Combe Valley

Discovery Centre

New Monday mornings 10 – 12

Conservation volunteering, including hedge and meadow management

Wednesday mornings 10-12.30

Seasonal gardening and conservation tasks in the Combe Valley community garden and occasionally in the wider Combe Valley Countryside Park.

For queries and booking contact: 07718043148

Check us out on our Facebook page:



Conservation Volunteering @ The Bale House, Hastings Country Park

Join us in Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve to help with a variety of practical conservation tasks that benefit local wildlife and the people who visit. No experience is necessary and there are a variety of tasks during each session to suit your fitness level. Refreshments and tools are provided.

Fridays 10.30am – 1pm

Please contact or 07849 095129 if you are interested in coming along



Visitor Centre Volunteering @ The Bale House

We’re looking for volunteers to help out in The Bale House visitors centre in Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve. No experience or knowledge necessary! We are particularly looking for people to volunteer on

Sundays for 2-3 hours, but there are volunteering slots to be filled throughout the week.

If you’re interested in joining our volunteer team, please contact Sue at  or call on 07736 132 451


Bee Project

Groundwork South in partnership with Hastings Borough Council have received funding from Natural England to help several bee species recover by providing extra food sources and nesting habitats throughout Hastings.

The long-horned bee, brown banded carder bee, tormentil mining bee and oak mining bee will be a focus of this 2-year project, although the new nectar sources will be beneficial to all pollinators.

Wildflower areas will be created in areas which include Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve, West Hill, Summerfields and Hastings Museum. There will also be other habitat improvements taking place such as hedgerow planting, woodland edge scalloping and the creation of bare earth scrapes and bee banks, ideal for mining bees which nest in the ground.

Several bee surveys will take place over the summer months to monitor the impact of the wildflower areas and to see which bee species are using them.

‘’Funding for enhancing and creating foraging habitats for pollinators around Hastings is a wonderful opportunity not only to support nature, but also to upskill and involve our community which is at the core of all of our projects. The wildflower swathes will look beautiful as well as be beneficial.” – Michelle Pletsch from Groundwork South

If you would like to get involved with the project, contact


Drop-in wildflower meadow maintenance @Summerfields Leisure Centre Tuesday July 16th, 10 – 2pm

For more information contact 07849095129


Greener Futures Activities – Conservation and Gardening

Conservation Group @ Shornden Conservation Area and Shornden Meadow

Tuesdays, 11am-2pm

Meet outside Shornden Meadow (top of Shornden Reservoir)

This session is led by our lead volunteer, Sean. The sessions focus on releasing and improving the conservation status of a small wooded area in Alexandra Park to make it a better habitat for native plants and local wildlife, and also maintain Shornden meadow. The locations are not accessible to the public and are a safe space to meet a group of like-minded people.

Contact Philippa for more information and to register your interest in joining the group:



Allotment Gardening for Wellbeing @ Bohemia Walled Garden

Thursdays 1 -3pm – Meet outside Summerfields Leisure Centre

This is a self-managing group, led by our lead volunteer, Mark. It is an opportunity to enjoy the sheltered Victorian Community Garden in a quiet spot surrounded by woodland, perfect for getting immersed in nature.

Take time to chill over a cup of tea in a small group, then you may choose to plant vegetables [to harvest and take home] in the small Groundwork plot, or do some weeding.

Contact Philippa for more information and to register your interest in joining the group:




Greener Future Volunteers

We have openings for volunteers interested in supporting family activities

We are hoping to recruit some more volunteers to support our Greener Futures family activities and work alongside Groundwork staff in various locations across Hastings. Some opportunities are regular weekly sessions, such as at Farley Bank on Tuesdays, and others are ad-hoc and flexible.

Please contact Philippa or Shelley for more information.

Shelley Pletsch, area programme manager on 07715631766

or Philippa Beagley, senior community outreach worker, on 07736132771


Greener Futures creative activities for families @ Farley Bank

Wednesdays 3.30 – 5pm – for residents and friends of Farley Bank FREE, Parents are responsible for their children at all times

Join the Farley Bank Community Facebook group to find out more, or contact Philippa

We would love to recruit a couple of volunteers who are interested in working with children and families to support these sessions.

Please contact 07736132771 to find out more.


Conservation Volunteering, Activities and Courses with local groups New Midsummer Meadows @ Church Wood Community Orchard and Marline Valley

Sunday July 7th July 2024

11 – 1 Insects and flowers in Church Wood

2 – 3.30 a walk with Owen Johnson in Marline Meadow

Church Wood Community Orchard is looking for Volunteers

Check out the Facebook page:

Or email


Friends of Comber Valley

Join the Friends of Combe Valley on the third Saturday of every month 1-3, and every Thursday 10 -1 to help maintain the pathways and environment in Combe valley. Meet at the Discovery Centre Café in Freshfields. Refreshments are provided for volunteers.


Conservation Volunteering @ Summerfields Wood

Join the Friends of Summerfields Wood on the second or third Saturday of every month, 10 -1, to help maintain the environment in Summerfields Wood. Meet at Summerfields Leisure Centre.

Children over 8 are welcome


Gardening @ Alexandra Park Greenhouse

Alexandra Park Greenhouse sells community donated plants on Thursdays 2.30pm till 5pm and Saturday 10.30 till 1.30pm.

New volunteers are welcome to join a dedicated team who care for the plants and are on hand to advise visitors on various aspects of gardening.

Events talks and workshops are also held at the greenhouse and volunteers are needed to help organise these.

Please visit and share your ideas on how we can GROW TOGETHER in this lovely historic greenhouse in the wonderful Alexandra Park.



Gardening with Bexhill in Bloom @ Egerton Park, Bexhill

Join volunteers from Bexhill in Bloom to maintain the sensory garden in Egerton Park, Bexhill, on Thursdays from 1 -3. Just turn up and ask for Margaret Lea. Please note that sessions do not run if it’s raining


ORE in Bloom are looking for Volunteers

Ore in bloom is a community group aimed at improving the horticulture in Ore , Hastings. We maintain street planters, display hanging baskets and annual bedding displays as well as running a gardening competition for Ore residents. We’d love to grow our volunteer team , if you’d like any more information please contact us at


Hastings Woodcraft Folk are looking for volunteers

Tuesdays 5:30-6:30pm in Hollington

Woodchips (0-5), Elfins (6-9) & Pioneers (10-12) – Woodcraft Folk offers a place where children will grow in confidence, learn about the world and start to understand how to value our planet and each other.

We need volunteers to help out at our weekly group nights where we play games and run activities. We also need help with planning events and promotion if you prefer to be involved in that way.

Web: https://hastings[1] Email:


Community Gardening @ Rye Community Garden

Saturdays 10-12

Email or just turn up to meet the group



Volunteer Gardeners Needed @ Veterans’ growth

Veterans’ Growth is a registered charity based near Westfield and provides horticultural therapy to veterans of the Armed Forces from our 5-acre, rural site.

We are looking for volunteers who can help by performing all types of horticultural duties. There is a relaxed atmosphere on-site and we will help you work to your strengths and develop your skills. All abilities are welcome – you do not need previous experience of gardening or the military.

Our volunteer days are Mondays and Thursdays and we generally operate from 9.30am – 3.30pm. Although these days are fixed, we can be flexible around hours/frequency of volunteering depending on your availability.

For More information contact: