Volunteer

Philips Park Gardens

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

Most Saturday mornings 10am-1pm

Prestwich, M45 7QJ

About the project

The main volunteering session at Philips Park for 2023 is every Saturday morning from 10am until 1pm. We have have regular volunteer group but new people are always welcome. We are working over 3 sections, main garden, forest garden and herb garden. Tasks include preparing and maintaining raised beds, clearing and weeding areas and raising plants from seed in the polytunnel. Philips Park is also the location of Incredible Edible’s Apple Day (October) and Wassailing (January).

There is also a session on most Wednesday mornings 10am to 12pm, so please e-mail Mark at marklo@ntlworld for details.

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.

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 courses we’ve run over the last 5 years.

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Link to the exact location of the garden: Animal Spider Copies

Volunteer at one of our next events

02
Mar

Philips Park sessions

This is our largest site and also includes a forest garden and orchard. Work at the moment involves preparing the beds for planting, sowing seeds and growing and harvesting them.

10:00–13:00

Philips Park Gardens

09
Mar

Philips Park sessions

This is our largest site and also includes a forest garden and orchard. Work at the moment involves preparing the beds for planting, sowing seeds and growing and harvesting them.

10:00–13:00

Philips Park Gardens

16
Mar

Philips Park sessions

This is our largest site and also includes a forest garden and orchard. Work at the moment involves preparing the beds for planting, sowing seeds and growing and harvesting them.

10:00–13:00

Philips Park Gardens

How to get there

Philips Park Gardens
Prestwich

Have a look at what we do

Planting onions

Planting onions

It's a team effort

It's a team effort

We have 2 polytunnels so we can grow in almost any weather.

We have 2 polytunnels so we can grow in almost any weather.

We also have a few bee hives producing local honey

We also have a few bee hives producing local honey

A rich harvest

A rich harvest

The beds always need tending

The beds always need tending