Volunteer

Philips Park Gardens

We maintain two sites in Philips Park; a fruit garden and a nursery.

Most Saturday mornings

Prestwich, M45 7QJ

About the project

We maintain two sites in Philips Park; a fruit garden and a nursery We meet at our ‘office’ behind the Philips Park barn most Saturdays at 10.15am and work on one, or both, of the sites for a couple of hours. We are represented on the board of the Community Intertest Company (CIC) that has recently taken over the barn, and our work in the park will develop in partnership to our mutual benefit.

Philips Park is also the location of Incredible Edible’s Apple Day held in October every year.

In 2017 we plan to add new raised beds to provide a children’s area to encourage more families to volunteer. There is plenty of opportunity for new volunteers to help and including providing ideas on how to develop the site.

Fruit Garden

Over the past six years we have transformed the abandoned former fruit garden set up by the Philips family more than a century ago.   We have large areas of raspberries, currant and gooseberry bushes and some thriving rhubarb plants.   We also have plum, fig, apricot and nectarine trees against a wall, a healthy medlar tree and a couple of stepover apple trees.

We have been enlarging the herb bed on the site recently and will complete it in spring 2017.

Nursery

A couple of years ago, the Trust for Conservation Volunteers left the park and we inherited a substantial part of the nursery that they had been maintaining.   This area has the potential to provide us with different crops each year in sufficient quantities to help out community cafes or develop a relationship with a local veg outlet.   It is also a good site to run courses, like the apple grafting course we ran early in 2016.

Volunteer at one of our next events

25
May

Philips Park sessions

This is our largest site and also includes a forest garden. Sessions are on Saturday mornings from 10am until 1pm, although on March 9th there’s a seed swap instead of the usual session. Please contact Mark on either 07748 873200 (more)

10:00–13:00

Philips Park Gardens

01
Jun

Philips Park sessions

This is our largest site and also includes a forest garden. Sessions are on Saturday mornings from 10am until 1pm, although on March 9th there’s a seed swap instead of the usual session. Please contact Mark on either 07748 873200 (more)

10:00–13:00

Philips Park Gardens

08
Jun

Philips Park sessions

This is our largest site and also includes a forest garden. Sessions are on Saturday mornings from 10am until 1pm, although on March 9th there’s a seed swap instead of the usual session. Please contact Mark on either 07748 873200 (more)

10:00–13:00

Philips Park Gardens

How to get there

Philips Park Gardens
Prestwich

Have a look at what we do

Gardening in Philips Park amongst the brambles

Gardening in Philips Park amongst the brambles

It's a team effort

It's a team effort

Lots of work to do at the garden

Lots of work to do at the garden

Area for children's garden ready for the willow shelter and raised beds

Area for children's garden ready for the willow shelter and raised beds