Volunteer work - St Ives Cornwall

Volunteering at the Community Orchard is a great way to improve your strength and fitness. It's also a beautiful and tranquil place to enjoy the natural world and meet new people. No experience is needed and you can work at your own pace. All skills and general help are much appreciated. New volunteers are always welcome (there's no membership fee). We also welcome 'Corporate Volunteering' groups at organised times.

Work party dates & Times

  • We have recently switched late afternoon work parties due to the darker evenings. Currently we will be having weekly work parties on Sundays 10.30am - 12 pm and twice a month on Tues afternoons . Dependant on weather & what suits best with our regular volunteers so best to check here or on our facebook group or txt 07585777110 to find out when it's on.
  • Sunday 18th Nov, 10.30 - 12
    Tuesday 20th Nov,  2 - 4pm
    Sunday 25th Nov: 10.30 - 12
    Sunday 2nd Dec: 10.30 - 12
    Tuesday 4th Dec 2 - 4pm

The work we do includes -  planting trees and bushes, clearing brambles & bracken, protecting and nurturing our trees, clearing paths in the nature reserve, maintaining grassy areas and helping organise and run community events. We have worked on various other projects with volunteers, like building our cob oven, building a shed, making pallet furniture and have lots of other plans for more projects. We are very easy going, no commitment is expected, even just offering one hour once a month would be wonderful.

We provide the tools, gloves and biscuits /fruit and show you what's needed doing. We plan to plant gardens around each tree - see more info about this and we also look after our apiary.

Families with children are welcome. The orchard is right next to a playpark and skatepark so when the kids have had enough in the orchard, there is plenty for them to do.

See more reasons to volunteer in this interesting article which explains why volunteering is as important as paid jobs.

If you have any questions, please contact us on info@stivesorchard.com or 07585777110 (Elise) or just come along to one of our work parties.

Donate to our community orchard

We really appreciate any donations - money goes mostly to more trees, tools and various projects at the orchard. For £50 you can also adopt/ gift / plant or sponsor a fruit tree in the orchard.  It goes onto our online tree map and you get a certificate.