Volunteering

Currently, we have three sessions of volunteer gardening each week. These run from 10.00 am to 13.00 pm, although you are not obliged to stay the whole session if this doesn’t suit you – any time you can give is most welcome.

Tuesday’s sessions are at the Rose Garden, Wednesday’s at The Rockery (over the other side of the A23), and Thursday’s at the front flower beds and sometimes the Dahlia Walk (between the tennis courts).

Tools and gardening gloves are available but you may like to bring your own gloves and trowel. The groups of gardeners are very friendly and welcoming.

If you’d like to volunteer, we first recommend that you join the Friends of Preston Park which costs nothing and only takes two minutes. That way you are ‘in the system’.

Then, if you like, you can just turn up at one of the sessions and make yourself known. Go to the chalet at the Rockery at 10 am on your chosen day where City Parks Garden Manager Andy Jeavons will have a quick chat and tell you all about the day ahead. Who knows? You may even get one of our new volunteer T-shirts.

If you have a question you’d like us to answer before you get started, just use our Contact Form.


Meet Tom

Hello, I am Tom. I’ve been a volunteer since February 2021, so almost a year, which is not that long as I know people who have been here for ten years. I volunteered because Preston Park is a lovely place and I am proud of it as a resident of Brighton. If you’re going to be proud of something you should do something, so I volunteered.

Andy (the Head Gardener) and the volunteers are lovely people, a joy to work with, and being outside and in such lovely gardens is so nice. The plans for 2022 are exciting, such as planting new cherry blossom trees and an orchard.