Volunteer Community Gardening with Alton Local Food Initiative

Alton Local Food Initiative (ALFI) is run entirely by volunteers for the local community. We encourage and enable the local community to be involved in planning, growing, buying and eating local, responsibly-produced food.

We garden ten public sites around Alton. They range from roadside planters full of herbs, to larger plots growing a full range of vegetables, herbs and fruit and a small orchard of fifteen young fruit trees. When vegetables and fruit are harvested they are left out for passers-by to help themselves. 

We have regular monthly working parties (through spring, summer and autumn) at our three main plots: the Station Plot on the first Sunday of the month, the Vicarage Plot on the last Sunday of the month and Westbrooke Plot on the second Friday of the month. These last for a couple of  hours and consist of planting, weeding, watering and harvesting depending on the season (overseen by a lead gardener). In between these sessions watering and harvesting tasks are divided up on a rota basis.  Some volunteers focus on one plot and some attend more than one depending on how much time they have to give.

We are happy to welcome any individual keen to be involved, no previous experience of gardening is necessary.  We can provide gardening tools.and we are equally happy to welcome those with gardening experience.  We offer the opportunity to get involved in the community, have a relaxing and sociable time, gain experience of gardening or the opportunity to pass on your skills to others.

We also have non-gardening volunteers who focus on activities such as publicity, organising and staffing events, administration and liaison with local schools and community groups.

If you would like to find out more about our activities please visit our website where you will find previous newsletters and articles: www.altonlocalfood.org.uk. 

We also have a public group page on Facebook, search for Alton Local Food Initiative.


No skills or experience of gardening required.

If you are a knowledgeable gardener we welcome those who have more experience to share their knowledge with those who are beginners.


  • Accessibility
  • Age restrictions
  • DBS check required
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
    not normally but gardening materials bought by ALFI with agreement, e.g. compost
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Training provided
    if needed
  • Volunteer induction
    mentoring on job
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 01/04/2019

End Date: 01/11/2019

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning No No No No No Yes Yes
Afternoon No No No No Yes Yes No
Evening No No No No No No No

Availability Details

Garden working parties are held at our three main plots: the Station Plot on the first Sunday of the month (morning), the Vicarage Plot on the last Sunday of the month (morning) and Westbrooke Plot on the second Friday of the month (afternoon). These last for a couple of hours and take place through spring, summer and autumn. Other gardening work is carried out by individual or pairs of volunteers fitted in with their availability. Our three annual events take place on Saturdays. The Seed Swap in early February, the Seedling Swap in May and the Harvest Feast in October. We also take part in other community events through the year.


Westbrooke Road

St Lawrence Vicarage
Church Street
GU34 2BW

Alton Station
Station Road
GU34 2PZ

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