Join our working groups

The garden is run by volunteers, operating in working groups. Read a description of each working group below and if you’re interested in getting involved, we would love to hear from you! You’ll be joining a vibrant, friendly team who share skills and ideas openly, working together to ensure the garden continues to serve the community.

Please email burgessfoodproject@gmail.com for further details.

Finance and fundraising
The finance and fundraising group ensures the garden receives enough funding to keep going, researches funding opportunities and partnerships with other organisations, diversifies sources of income for the garden, writes funding applications and sends reports back to funders.

The group also monitors and manages the garden’s finances, including the bank account, budgets and invoices.

This group would particularly like new volunteers who have: knowledge about useful funding for the garden, experience of applying for funding, or skills in admin, budgeting, figures, managing spending and writing reports.

Site
The site group carries out repairs around the garden, and plans and organises improvements to the garden. The group also maintains tools and equipment and storage.

This group would particularly like new volunteers who have: experience using tools or in basic carpentry, plumping, 12V electrics, landscape and other gardening, risk assessments and accessibility requirements, ecological building techniques or project management skills.

Governance
The governance group manages the garden’s structure for decision-making and makes sure paid workers and volunteers are treated well. The group writes and updates policies for the garden and is responsible for risk assessment procedures. They also coordinate the garden’s steering group meetings.

This group would particularly like new volunteers who have: experience of governance and legal issues involved in running community/non-profit groups, experience of volunteer management, knowledge of organic gardening/permaculture and experience of cooperative/horizontal decision-making structures.

Communications
The comms group is responsible for telling people about the garden, through social media, flyers, posters, newsletters and the garden website. This can include physical signage around the garden itself. The group also develops new illustrations and pictures for use on garden materials.

This group would particularly like new volunteers who have: experience or knowledge of social media, web design, e-newsletters, or illustration and graphic design.