Volunteer work - St Ives Cornwall

Volunteering at the Community Orchard is a great way to get outdoors, get fit, enjoy the natural world in a beautiful and tranquil location, meet new people and make a difference in your community. 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.

Work party dates & Times coming up:

  • 10.30 - 12 on Sundays:  27th Jan, 3rd Feb
  • 2 - 4pm every Tuesday

Wassail: Sat 9th Feb 4 pm

Dates can be changed occasionally so it's best to check here before you come, on our facebook group to find out when it's on.

We also welcome 'Corporate or Team Volunteering' groups at organised times. Get in touch if you'd like to organise one.

Earn Time Credits: You can also earn Time credits every time that you work at the orchard which you can use at various places around the country. For example you can get a free swim or gym at any of the Better Leisure Centres in Cornwall, shows at Minack Theatre, Acorn Theatre, Penlee park open air theatre, free entry at Tate, Tremenhere sculpture gardens, Barbara Hepworth and Rollers Roller Rink in Pool

More info on how and where you can spend the timecredits.

The work we do includes -  planting trees and bushes, clearing brambles & bracken, protecting and nurturing our trees, clearing paths in the nature reserve, planting wildflowers, looking after our apiary (bee garden) and helping organise and run community events. We work 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.

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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.