Spending time in green space or bringing nature into your everyday life can benefit both your mental and physical wellbeing. For example, doing things like growing food or flowers, exercising outdoors or being around animals can have lots of positive effects. And doing these things as a volunteer will benefit you even more!

Sutton is London’s greenest borough, with the highest percentage of green space so there are a wealth of volunteering opportunities outdoors. To celebrate the arrival of Spring, we’re shining the spotlight on some of the roles and local groups that you could get involved with. We’ve also found some great activities to try.

Ecolocal

Ecolocal is a charity that runs a number of environmentally friendly projects from cycling training to the monthly Wallington Farmers Market, to grow your own allotment sessions and the annual Carshalton Environmental Fair. They always have several volunteering roles and this is just a selection. Click on the role to find out more:

Food Growing Volunteer

Greenhouse Volunteer

Market Stall Assistant

Victorian Walled Garden renovation

Sutton Community Farm

The farm is a 7 acre organic veg farm based in Wallington. They grow veg for a non-profit VegBox scheme and have many volunteering opportunities. Click on the role to find out more:

Buddy Volunteering

Veg Farm Volunteer

Beddington Park

There is lots going on in Beddington Park. Click on the role to find out more:

Beddington Park Gardening Club

Beddington Park Tree Warden

Sutton Nature Conservation Volunteers

Sutton Nature Conservation Volunteers (SNCV) needs volunteers of all ages to help with conservation projects. Find out more… 

Sutton Ecology Centre

This popular attraction is a great place for a stroll and to find out about wildlife habitats and wildlife gardening. The Centre runs educational visits for schools as well as events for adults, families and children, birthday parties, volunteer days and much more. Find out more…

Downlands Partnership

The Downlands Partnership works with volunteers to carry out countryside management work across NE Surrey. Find out more...

Lower Mole Project

The Lower Mole Project works with volunteers to carry out countryside management work across the Lower Mole region. Find out more...

Friends of Nonsuch

Anyone interested in Nonsuch Park, Nonsuch Mansion or it's grand predecessor Nonsuch Palace can join the hundreds of members of the Friends of Nonsuch and help them carry out their important work. The Friends are involved in a number of projects all staffed by volunteers. Find out more...

Age UK Merton

Could you support Age UK Merton’s walking club for people over 50? Find out more...

Mary Frances Trust

Could you help with a weekly walking group on Epsom Downs? Find out more...

Queen Elizabeth's Foundation (QEF)

QEF is a national disability charity working with  adults and children, who have physical or learning disabilities, or acquired brain injuries. They have a number of gardener volunteer roles across their sites in Carshalton, Banstead and Leatherhead. Find out more...

London Wildlife Trust

This charity looks after the nature reserves at Wilderness Island and Spencer Road wetlands, and they always need volunteers. Find out more...

Other local activities

Sutton Befrienders walking groups

Age UK Sutton Nordic Walking group

Carshalton Lavender field work groups

Wandle Valley Walks

Nonsuch Park Run

Carshalton Community Allotments drop-in sessions

Group cycling sessions at Beddington Park (cycles and helmets provided)

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