Volunteering in the City

FoCG organises volunteering activities in many gardens in the City. These include regular sessions in Bunhill Fields, where we are responsible for maintaining one of the areas ‘behind the railings’ as a woodland wildlife area. We have made many biodiversity enhancements including building insect hotels, planting bulbs, wildflowers and a native hedge. We have also created leaf composting bins and carried out plant and insect surveys.

We have planted bulbs in the churchyard of St Andrew Holborn, provided TLC to the herbaceous planting in Christchurch Greyfriars and helped organise resident bulb planting sessions in the Barbican, Golden Lane and Mansell Street estates.

We organise City in Bloom and participate in Open Garden Squares and London Open weekends.

We support curriculum-based learning at St Paul’s Cathedral School and after school Gardening Club and Holiday club sessions at Prior Weston Primary school.

Barbican Station pop up garden is a major project entirely created, built and maintained by our volunteers - and we hope to do other major projects in coming years.

We also contribute to and initiate art and cultural projects in City gardens, such as an evening talk in Postman’s Park on the Watts memorial and a video project with artist Melanie Manchot.

If you would like to join us as a volunteer please contact us.

Participation of individuals as volunteers in our regular activities is completely free and we provide gloves, tools and materials. Volunteers are also covered by our Public Liability insurance.

Corporate volunteer days

We also organise corporate volunteer days with bespoke activities for groups of staff.

Corporate volunteer days are charged on a cost recovery basis where the cost of materials, plants or the engagement of experts, such as ecologists is covered by a charge per head for the volunteers participating in the session. Please contact us for more information.

Time Credits

If you volunteer with us  you are eligible to join the City of London Time Credits scheme. For every hour you volunteer you can claim a voucher that can be used to pay for gym sessions, borrowing DVDs from the Barbican Library, cinema tickets and entry to attractions across London. More information can be found here.