Become a Herb Garden Volunteer!

Become a herb garden volunteer!

We’re looking for volunteers to shape a heritage herb kitchen, inspired by everything from the kitchen plants used in Edwardian times when Stanley Arts was opened to the Asian, Caribbean and African seasonings which are popular in local cooking today.

The project will run on weekends between May – September and will give volunteers a chance to learn about gardening, connect with their community and share their experiences of food and history. This will be part of our new heritage engagement programme which we’re launching to celebrate the people, past and present, who have shaped South Norwood as we approach our 120th anniversary at Stanley Arts. 

Volunteers are invited to join us over a series of sessions which will include researching the history of kitchen gardens, taking cuttings and sowing seeds, supporting a community gardening event and maintaining the herb garden over the summer. 

No prior experience is required to participate. Volunteers will receive training during an induction day and sessions will be led by a member of staff from Stanley Arts. From mid July, volunteers are welcome to come and tend the herb garden independently although support will also continue to be available. 


The full volunteer role description can be found here.

If you would like to apply, please email by 10pm on Thursday 19th May answering the following questions in no more than one paragraph per answer: 

  • What interests you about the role?
  • What do you hope to gain from taking part?
  • Why would you be a good fit for the role?
  • Are you available for all of the dates outlined above?

If we think you are a suitable candidate for the role, you’ll be invited to a 30 minute phone call to discuss your application further. Please include your preferred time for this call in your application. All applicants will be contacted via email by 5pm on Friday 20th May. 

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