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St George and St Mary’s Church


Groundworks in preparation for a new Community Garden

SDCVS Project Reference PRJ-23-0300

The church has managed to secure funding from the National Lottery to establish a Community Garden to the rear of the church.  The garden will comprise of raised beds and walkways for accessibility, to enable members of the local community to come together to grow their own and share their own produce.


This project is to complete the necessary groundworks to start the project.  This will comprise of clearing areas of overgrown vegetation and rubbish, cutting back trees and shrubs, trimming grassed areas and establishing a composting area and mini beast log pile to the rear of the space.


Tools will be provided (for example wheel barrows, spades, forks, mower/strimmer (subject to risk assessment) etc), however, the volunteers will be responsible for ensuring they are dressed appropriately and have suitable personal protective equipment (PPE).


Adjacent to the area being cleared is the church hall which will be available as a warm dry location to dry off in the event of inclement weather - toilet facilities - and a kitchen is available for preparing and serving food.

Supported by:


St George and St Mary’s Church, Church Street, Church Gresley, Swadlincote, DE11 9NR

Volunteer Duties:

(including the physical requirements involved)


  • Moving and working on the project site, involving:

    • Lifting and carrying equipment and materials;

    • Bending;

    • Hand pulling of weeds;

    • Planting (where appropriate);

    • Standing; and

    • Walking.

  • Use of hand tools, involving:

    • Hand dexterity.

  • Use of machinery, involving:

    • Lifting and carrying equipment.

  • Working amongst existing garden and on uneven ground, involving:

    • Balance; and

    • Adequate eyesight.

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