Volunteering at Ford Park

Volunteers are the heartbeat of Ford Park. From planning and running events, plant care to gardening, food growing and grounds maintenance – even regular bin emptying (someone has to do it!) – volunteers help to ensure Ford Park is a place everyone can enjoy.

You may be surprised to learn you don’t have to be an expert gardener or an events planner to volunteer with us. Our volunteers come from all walks of life and do everything from office admin to directing traffic on the field, to running a tombola on our ever popular Apple Day to path maintenance and delivering family activities.

In return, we offer regular training opportunities, and the chance to be a part of a fantastic, dedicated team, sharing skills and shaping the future of Ford Park for generations to come. We will even give you your own Ford Park T shirt!

We are incredibly proud of our dedicated volunteers – past and present – who have given their time to ensure Ford Park is the well-loved community asset it is today.
This hard work has been recognised on a national level and in 2019, the volunteers were honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service – the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. A brilliant achievement.

Ford Park certainly is a wonderful place to volunteer and the team is a friendly, welcoming bunch, so if you would like to know more about becoming a Ford Park volunteer, we’d love to hear from you.

Contact our Volunteer Team Leader, Cath, at catherine.elliott@ford-park.org.uk or on 01229 588164, to organise an informal chat over coffee about how we can utilise your skills and how you can get involved as part of the Ford Park team.


The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, which is made annually, recognises and rewards excellence in voluntary activities carried out by groups in the community. The Queen announced the Award in 2002 to mark the occasion of her Golden Jubilee. The Award is given every year in recognition of outstanding achievement by groups of two or more people in the United Kingdom, Channel Islands and Isle of Man who volunteer their own time to enhance and improve the quality of life and opportunity for individuals or other.

Placements and Work Experience

Placements and Work Experience
If you are interested in completing a work placement at Ford Park, please contact our Volunteer Team Leader, Catherine Elliott, ...

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