Volunteers wanted! April 17, 2023

Volunteer Recruitment Session, Sat 22 April, 2pm  -3pm (free but let us know you are coming!) 

Are you interested in volunteering at Martineau Gardens? We’re on the look out for volunteers. We are recruiting for two voluntary roles – Visitor Welcome Team volunteers and  Therapeutic Horticulture Support Volunteers. We will be having an information session about these roles straight after the Martineau Gardens Jumble Sale, 2pm – 3pm. It’s free to attend the info session, but we’d like you to drop us a line so we know you are coming.

About the roles:

Find out more about the roles here – read the role description and download an application form

Visitor Welcome Volunteers

Therapeutic Horticulture Support Volunteers

How to attend:

Please send an email to Sarah Hill-Daniel to let us know you are coming – sarah@martineau-gardens.org.uk    It would be helpful if you can let us know which role you’re interested in.

Interested, but can’t attend?

If you can’t make the information session, do get in touch to register your interest and we will get back to you, via:

Visitor Welcome Voluntering:  sarah@martineau-gardens.org.uk 

Therapeutic Horticulture Support volunteering: jane@martineau-gardens.org.uk 

Opening times over Easter April 5, 2023

Martineau Gardens is open until 4pm on Thursday 6 April, closed Good Friday (7 April), closed Easter Sunday (9 April) and Easter Monday (10 April). We’re open Easter Saturday, 10am until 4pm

Hot composting in the gardens March 31, 2023

Though we’re closed until Tuesday 4 April whilst our building works are in progress, here’s an update on some of the activity the garden team have been doing, earlier in the month.

Buoyed up by all the inspiration and tips we got from the The Compost Connection CIC workshops recently, it was great for us to get some hands-on experience in emptying the hot composter.

Though the day wasn’t as cold as it has been, one of the things that’s really nice about hot composting is lifting the lid and feeling the warmth – even on a relatively cool spring day – hot composting works by trapping the heat that is produced – micro organisms in the garden waste break down the organic material and this release water, carbon dioxide and heat. It’s the heat which speeds up the composting process – our hot composter produces compost several months quicker than our compost bins.

First early potatoes are in! March 17, 2023

After all the snowfall and blizzards last week, it’s been great to get back outside to garden. The mild weather has been beautiful for gardening in. Our fab volunteers have been doing a terrific job all week – here’s a few highlights.

The Plant Sales area and the Pavilion Garden have been given a good spruce up and up in our vegetable beds we’ve been planting first early seed potatoes, Casablanca. Our therapeutic horticulturalist Jacky showed us how to plant these in the trench – won’t be long before we’re harvesting some tasty treats.

Come and be a rotter – Compost Week March 13, 2023

It’s British Science Week and Compost Week and here at Martineau Gardens we are very excited to have The Compost Connection CIC running two brilliant compost workshops for us. Our volunteers are joining


Building works update March 10, 2023

Pictured here is the Mollie Martineau building (where the volunteers’ base and offices were).


Martineau Gardens is closed due to snow March 10, 2023

The gardens are looking beautiful in the snow, but due to poor weather conditions, we are closed today and tomorrow (Friday 10 – Saturday 11 March). Keep an eye here and on social media for updates.

Here’s a little glimpse of the gardens, blanketed in snow.

May be an image of tree, snow and nature

Work for us! March 3, 2023

Just in case you haven’t spotted this, we are recruiting for a Therapeutic Horticulture lead.


Martineau Gardens in January January 20, 2023

Despite the cold weather, our brilliant volunteers have been turning up and doing their bit to look after Martineau Gardens – compost has been turned, tools cleaned and ordered, winter prunings dealt with, bird feeders topped up. There’s plenty to do and the icing on the cake is sharing a tea break in the January sun or around the fire.

LoveBrum – Thankyou! December 7, 2022

We’ve had some great news, we’ve been awarded funding via LoveBrum to run our Wellbeing Martineau Mondays again in 2023 – thank you for voting for us! Watch our social media channels and our website for more news soon.🌳 What a great start to 2023🌳#therapeutic#communitygardens#wellbeing

We were one of three charities nominated for LoveBrum’s December causes. Here’s Jenni Fryer (Martineau Gardens CEO) explaining the benefits of the £2,000 funding, if successful in this, the people’s vote.

Martineau Mondays