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Ways you can volunteer in Bedford's parks and open spaces

Whether you have half an hour to spare or more, there are lots of ways that you can volunteer in Bedford's parks and open spaces. A number of opportunities and details about how to get involved are found on this page. No experience necessary and all training will be provided.


Priory Country Park Volunteers

Contacts: Park Guardians (01234) 718012 please leave a message on their answerphone


The Priory Country Park Volunteer Group Programme operates on the first Sunday of each month (unless otherwise advised by the Park Rangers). Weekend volunteers are set group tasks but Priory also welcome volunteers every Monday and Thursday to join in with whatever Priory Rangers happen to be doing.

If you cannot join them for the whole day feel free to come along when you can, all help is appreciated.

Meet at the back of the Visitors Centre (9.00am to 9:30am) unless otherwise specified. Tasks will vary depending on the time of the year but all hands, skills and abilities are welcomed.


Friends of Harrold-Odell Country Park

Contact: Park Guardians (01234) 720016

The Friends of HOCP have been working with the managers of the Park, Bedford Borough Council for over ten years. In that time they have helped to maintain and improve the site for both visitors and wildlife.

The Friends of HOCP fall into two broad groups, active volunteers and interested supporters. The active volunteers work with staff on a wide range of practical activities, some routine work and some taking the form of special projects. Routine work carried out by the volunteers includes ground clearance, hedge maintenance, woodland coppicing, path clearance, equipment maintenance.

This friendly, supportive group welcome new members to join them in retaining the beauty of the HOCP.


Bedford Park Volunteers Bedford Park herbaceous border

Contact: hdarbon@ntlworld.com

The Bedford Park volunteer gardening group meets on the 1st Sunday of every month at East Lodge at 10.00 am for a two hour session. Working under the direction of the Park’s staff, the group undertakes a range of necessary functions, including the maintenance of the community herb garden created by the group some three years ago. New volunteers would be most welcome


Friends of Putnoe Woods and Mowsbury Hillfort

Contact: contact@putnoemowsburyfriends.org.uk


The Friends of Putnoe Wood & Mowsbury Hillfort are a local voluntary conservation group based in Bedford.

The Friends are an integral partner in helping safeguard the future of Putnoe Wood and Mowsbury Hillfort. Membership is free.

The group work with Bedford Borough Council to manage, promote and enhance both sites. Informal meetings are held every two months with Borough representatives to discuss and arrange weekly tasks and special events.

The Friends meet every Wednesday afternoon 1.30pm to 4.00pm for their weekly tasks. Come along and enjoy Putnoe Wood and Mowsbury Hillfort and help keep them in good heart for the enjoyment of all.


Friends of Bedford Cemetery - Foster Hill Road

Contact: Margaret Carpenter (01234) 360003

This small group meet alternate Thursdays between 10-12 noon to do various task around the cemetery including sweeping, tidying up, ivy removal etc.  The group are also undertaking research into the graves as well as establishing the wildlife and plant life that live on the site.


Green Man Garden Volunteers - Addison Howard Park

Contact: volunteering@bedford.gov.uk

This proactive volunteer group operate in a small garden located at the back of Addison Park (near to The Grange/Pidgen Club). They take part in tasks on a weekly basis, from planting to clearing to hosting community events and have completely transformed the garden in 2017/18, back into a tranquil and natural environment for all to enjoy. The wildlife is certainly relishing the new garden installations, from a small pond to numerous herb, veggie and fruit boxes. If you would like to join this friendly and social volunteer group, do get in touch. The more the merrier, and no experience necessary.  


Abbey Fields Roundabout Volunteers

Contact: volunteering@bedford.gov.uk

Bedford Borough Council in partnership with local residents and looking to form a new roundabout gardening group in 2018 to support the maintenance and enhance the look of the roundabouts in Abbey Fields.

If you are interesting in joining this group and coming along to one of our forthcoming action days, please take a look at the flyer below. Due to the nature of this activity, volunteers must be over 16years of age.

Abbey Fields Roundabout Task Days


Rights of Way Volunteers

Contact: Phil Fox (01234) 276070

There are over 900 kilometres of public rights of way throughout the Borough of Bedford and volunteer help is invaluable in helping to keep this network clearly marked and accessible for all users.

Help the Rights of Way Team to carry out condition surveys and help fix issues that have identified from the survey. All volunteers will be given training, support and the materials needed.

The Team are now also carrying out volunteer task days on the third Tuesday of every month.  Tasks run 10am- 1pm.



Other Local Projects


Golden Gardens

Contact: Nursery Gardens (open every day)- Jim Robinson 07747704558

Milburn Gardens (open every Tuesday morning) - Kathy Wright 07714338630Goldington in Bloom logo

Originally two disused garage sites, the plots at Milburn Road and Elliott Crescent in Goldington are now two thriving community gardens.  There is always plenty going on in the gardens and help is always appreciated in the maintenance and ongoing development. If you are interested in getting involved in the award winning gardens please contact

All ages and abilities welcome, visit www.goldengardenbedford.co.uk



Webpage Last Updated on 30.07.2018

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