Volunteering

Lots of opportunities to join in.

  • Occasional visitors welcome
  • Become a regular volunteer and receive training and certification
  • Have your own micro-allotment plot
  • Take part in courses and open days
  • Regular gardening events, seed saving and swapping, seedling swaps and more.

We have regular volunteer days: currently on Wednesdays from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm

No need to book, just come along to Pen Dinas, (Just on the Newtwon side of Coleg Powys/ Theatre Hafren, Llanidloes road, Newtown, Powys, SY16 4HX

We have a safe gardening policy and all volunteers will undergo a short induction. Please take a moment to read the information below.

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Info for all visitors, volunteers and allotment holders

All visitors, volunteers and community gardeners are requested to read this information
and to encourage other visitors do so as well.

Please ask if you have questions, or call or text Steve our community outreach officer on 0771 981 8959 for any further information or email us via this website

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This is an Organic garden
We do not use inorganic fertilizers or pesticides such as weed killer, slug pellets etc. We value wildlife and diversity and aim to work in partnership with nature to create a balanced, healthy and productive environment. Please ask if unsure.

Micro allotment plots available on a first come first served basis, and plots are guaranteed for one year at a time. Unused plots will be offered to other users. There is a fee of £10 per year per plot. We will need your contact details and all visitors are required to sign in and out when visiting.

Plot holders are asked to keep their plot and the surrounding paths tidy and accessible and are encouraged to help develop and maintain the allotment area.

You are welcome to use our tools; however these must be brushed clean and returned to the tool shed when finished with. Tea and coffee available for a small donation

Safety
Your safety is important, please do not attempt any activity which you feel is unsafe in your judgement, always ask if you are unsure and please be proactive in supporting any other users on the site to maintain a high level of safety.
NB Tools left lying on the ground is the commonest source of gardening accidents!

We provide work gloves and workboots: Regular gardeners are advised to get their own safety and protective gear, however we have a stock – stored in the main shed, which we are happy to make available to anyone who requires it. Please make all visitors aware of this fact.
Power tools: Our preference is to use hand tools only, we generally don’t use power tools, occasionally we use a strimmer, mower and hedge trimmers, these are not available for general use, training and supervision is required, please ask first.  Please do not bring your own power tools onto this site

Lifting: Look after your back! Heavy lifting to be kept to a minimum, ask for help and please read the safety notices about techniques to reduce risk in these circumstances

First Aid: Steve, Emma and Gary are first aiders, there is a first aid kit in the kitchen and main office. Please notify permanent staff members if you have an accident of any kind and ensure it is recorded in the accident book.

Fires
In event of a Fire, please leave all buildings immediately and ensure no one is left behind. The assembly area is in the front garden/ on the road in front of the building.

We have a dedicated fire area in the field; please check with a staff member before lighting a fire, no fires to be set anywhere else please. Please conserve materials if they have another, better potential use.

Respect others
We value human diversity and expect community gardeners to do so as well. We work to create a supportive working environment and respect all individuals regardless of their ability, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic background etc.
Please report any breaches to this code of behaviour.

Dogs
We welcome considerate dog owners who can take full responsibility for their animal, dogs must be on leads at all time and waste cleared up immediately.

Smoking
Smoking is no longer allowed inside any public buildings or places of work, this includes the roundhouse, polytunnels, in the shed etc. It is an offence to disregard this requirement.

Staff, apprentices and work experience placements are advised to smoke in designated break times only. The designated smoking area,  is on the tarmac/ yard area.

Thank you
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Page updated 02/01/13