Get Involved

There are so many ways to get involved at the garden. From volunteering with the team to taking on a community plot yourself there are opportunities a-plenty. The programme of courses that we deliver is an innovative and varied range, covering all elements of horticulture and supporting all levels of learning.

Current courses:

Grow Your Own Course

  • Our popular ‘Grow Your Own’ course is the perfect opportunity to learn the basics of growing your own fruit and vegetables. Spend the time getting hands on experience while learning the practical skills that will allow you to start growing on your own.

Master Composter Course

  • Do you see food as a valuable resource? Why not learn how to use it to grow more! This two day workshop explains the science behind composting whilst giving you practical experience on how to get the best of what we leave behind.

Seed Saving Course

  • This is an important way to start and maintain a sustainable vegetable patch or allotment. This workshop will explain why you should practice seed saving, how to do it and how to get the best results.

Bee Talk

  • Learn about the important role that bees take in the environment, the part pollination plays and how we can care for them and look after them to give our ecology the best possible start.

Hazel Tree Pruning

  • Time for a trim of the hazel trees. November is the time to cut back the growth of the hazel trees planted as part of the Bute Carbon Free Food project. This is a valuable skill that you can use in your own garden so come along to find out more.

This year all of our courses have been funded by the Climate Challenge Fund, and so places on these courses are FREE for anyone to attend. A full programme and course Order Form can be downloaded here, giving dates and times of all events.


Whether you want to volunteer to be part of the gardening team at Bute Produce or want to turn your hand to the Bute Carbon Free Food Project in West Church and Battery Place, there is a job to match your skillset. From joinery to sales, from gardening to beekeeping there is a chance to get involved. If you are artistic and want to turn your hand to designing some signs or are good with your hands and want to get ‘stuck in’ with a trowel and fork we are always keen to hear from you.

Volunteering is an excellent way to meet new people and learn new skills. It’s a great thing to add to your CV and is sure to be an experience you wont forget. Call 01700 503181 to become a volunteer and learn more about the BCFF project.