Hour or Two

ShrubHub community diggers!

Gloucestershire Archives need help to create an attractive, accessible and wildlife friendly community garden at the Heritage Hub in Alvin Street, Kingsholm.  Students at the Cotswold School of Gardening have produced a great design, we’ve been busy fundraising since the Spring, and we’re now all set to make a start. 

What's involved?

We need volunteers to dig out and prepare four large borders ready to be planted up with flowers, shrubs and herbs on 30 July.  The borders have been marked out and we will talk you through the task before you start.  We have spades you can use although it would be great if you can bring your own.


You can come and dig for as long or as little time as you like any time we’re open before the 30th July planting begins:


Monday           10.00 - 16.30 

Tuesday           9.00 -16.30

Wednesday   9.00 -16.30

Thursday         9.00 -16.30

Friday               9.00 -16.30


If you want any more information before you come along please just give Kate Maisey a ring on 01452 425297 or email her on  kate.maisey@gloucestershire.gov.uk 

Why get involved?

This is a great opportunity to help create the ShrubHub garden, the focus of the outdoor space at Gloucestershire Archive’s Heritage Hub. The garden will be a tranquil place to relax, take a break from research or simply to watch wildlife and nature go about its day. And we do hope that there will be lots of wildlife in our garden. Our planting will be bee and insect friendly and in turn we hope that will encourage in birds (the site is popular with Blackbirds and we’ve already had one enthusiastic pair raise two broods with us this season) and maybe, just maybe the odd hedgehog.


Time spent outdoors and engaged with nature is excellent at boosting mental and emotional health and the digging should be a good bit of exercise as well. There’ll be a chance to chat with other volunteers as you set about digging and of course there are facilities for a refreshing cup of tea afterwards (and Roots café is practically next door if you want that slice of cake as well.)

How to get involved?

  1. Sign into your account or sign up to Volunteer Makers.
  2. Accept the challenge
  3. Wait for a reply from the Gloucestershire Archives.

Ideal Skills

  • Conservation
  • Gardening
  • Maintenance and Repair
  • Working independently

Ideal Interests

  • Community Work
  • Conservation

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