A warm welcome
On volunteer days or Friends work days we'll gather together at the start of a session over a cup of tea or coffee for introductions and catching up. We'll take a walk around the site and work out what gardening jobs need doing and match these with peoples preferences that day. There's no pressure and no previous gardening experience required – there will always be something you can do to make a difference. About halfway through the session we prepare and eat lunch, using fresh harvested produce whenever we can. Then we'll clear-up together and share the story of what has been done. People often take home a bunch of flowers or fresh herbs and if there are fruit and vegetables to spare they take some of these too.
PLOT 22 is a shared experience, yet everyone is unique. To help us look after ourselves and each other as we garden together we ask that you observe our Way of Being. As a new person arriving at PLOT 22 we also like to give you a little card inviting you to look after yourself by:
choosing how often you come along
choosing how long you stay
choosing activities that suit you
choosing how sociable you want to be
choosing what you talk about
choosing how you contribute to the communal meal
If you like it here and want to come back we will ask you to complete a short volunteer registration form, so that we have your emergency contact details. Just in case. Find out more about how we look after each other at PLOT 22.
Other good things to know before you come
We have great composting toilet facilities on site and all gardening tools and gloves are provided. On family friendly days children under five need to be supervised closely by a parent or carer at all times. Dogs are welcome at PLOT 22 but we ask you check first. You may need to keep them on the lead.
Even though the volunteer days and Friends days are run as drop-in's it is essential to contact us first by phone or email before you come. This is for practical reasons and so we can look forward to meeting you! Also if you want to come to the Friends events we'd like you to sign up first here – this is how we share the cost of resourcing these sessions.
To keep up date between visits you can join our mailing list and receive a monthly newsletter with the latest PLOT 22 news.