Charity/ Voluntary/ NFP

Volunteering - Garden Conservation and Restoration

  • Croydon
  • MHA
  • 0-10 hours per week

THE COMPANY

MHA is a charity providing care, accommodation and support services for more than 18,000 older people throughout Britain. Our mission is to improve the quality of life of older people, inspired by Christian concern.

Founded by members of the Methodist Church back in 1943, today we support:

 

  • 5,000 older people living in our care homes, many receiving specialist dementia or nursing care
  • 2,500 older people living independently in purpose-built retirement living communities, with access to social and leisure facilities and flexible care should they need it
  • 10,500 older people living independently in their own homes with the support of our Live at Home schemes across the UK.

We rely on the commitment and dedication of 7,000 staff and 5,000 volunteers who share our mission and values. Together we are a truly special organisation that aims to provide quality housing, care and support services to meet the needs of more than 18,000 older people across the UK, of all faiths and none. 

 

It gives us great pride to be recognised as a leading provider of care and support in later life. Read more about our ground-breaking work and achievements in our Annual Impact Statement

THE ROLE

The Wilderness was the original home on the site on Shirley Church Road, built by the Rev William Wilks, complete with a seven-acre garden designed by him on his retirement around the turn of the 20th century.

The site was formerly part of Shirley Common, or Addington Hills as it is known today. It includes natural heathland and the little pockets of acid grassland and heathland heather. One of the most interesting features is the sphagnum bog, which is home to some very rare plant species. In addition, the bog area is the only remnant of a once more widespread habitat in the area and means that The Wilderness is designated a Site Metropolitan Importance for Nature Conservation.

 

Wilks approach to gardening was non-interventionist and he sought to accentuate the natural beauty of the landscape rather than impose upon it. He managed The Wilderness and the work he put in to it is still visible today, albeit overgrown with many of the original paths and plant species either dormant or overtaken by more invasive plant species.

 

We will be holding an open day on April 1st to discuss the opportunities available in more detail and for you to ask us questions. So Join us to find out more on volunteering opportunities to revitalise a historic and ecological garden.

THE CANDIDATE

Our volunteers will help to develop a magical multi-generational outdoor experience for the residents of Hall Grange and of the local community through a range of conservation, restoration activities and tasks along with the promotion of the unique heritage of The Wilderness.

 

Join us to find out more about this exciting programme, the roles we have available, how we will support you and the benefits this exciting programme will bring to the local community.

OTHER INFORMATION

To find out more about this opportunity please contact Sam on 0208 604 7471.

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