The Friends of Summerhill is a volunteer-led organisation and we rely on the support of volunteers to help keep the organisation going.

Currently we have 3 main areas of Volunteer activity:

  • Orchard
  • Allotment
  • Wildlife garden

General information can be found on the noticeboards around the site about volunteer tasks and upcoming volunteer days.

Orchard

We acquired the lease for a piece of land behind the pavilion in June 2014. We are currently in the process of turning it into an orchard. At the moment the site is still a bit overgrown and work is underway to clear it and make it ready for the arrival of fruit trees and soft fruit bushes in the winter. Volunteer activity in the orchard is led by Caroline and Barbara.

We are also looking forward to welcoming the Newcastle Beekeepers’ Association on to the Orchard site where they will be keeping their hives.

Contact Caroline Gant for more information.

Wildlife Garden

The Wildlife garden occupies what was originally a tennis court. It has undergone a dramatic transformation in the last two years from an overgrown patch of wasteland into a beautiful garden with a pond, flower beds and nature-friendly planting.

The wildlife gardeners generally meet on Sunday afternoons to work on the patch. Plans for the future include the development of a camomile lawn and new flower beds.

Contact Paul Usherwood for more information.
Allotment

The allotment group meet on Wednesday afternoons, usually from about 3:30pm. They grow a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, all organically. The produce is shared around the allotment gardeners and the local community. Contact Maysie for more information.

You can also offer to help for specific, one-off tasks. Help is needed with a variety of projects – e.g. site clearance, clubhouse re-decoration and grounds maintenance. If you can offer occasional time and are willing to join our pool of ‘occasional’ volunteers then please get in touch with us.