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Garden Buddies

Garden Buddies is a five-year lottery funded project where volunteers provide practical help to elderly and disabled people, who have no other means of support, enabling them to maintain and enjoy their gardens.

This community project aims to offer support to the most needy while also providing a positive focus for volunteers of all abilities.

The idea came about as a result of a large number of gardening-related enquiries we received at the volunteer centre, highlighting the need for a service like this in South Northamptonshire. Following a successful bid to the Reaching Communities Big Lottery Fund, Garden Buddies burst into bloom in May 2012. 

In order to benefit from the Garden Buddies service householders need to join the scheme as a member.

Full details of how to become a member can be found here.

However, anyone can sign up to become a Garden Buddy! To find out how you could get involved with this fun and friendly project, take a look at the volunteer role description below and contact Barry on 01327 358264 or email for more information.


Garden Buddies takes delivery of a new machine

We have found that some of our gardens are particularly overgrown with long grass, weeds and brambles.  It became increasingly clear that we needed some specialist kit!!

Therefore the project has obtained a brand new DR Premier Trimmer/Mower from George Browns Garden Machinery in Daventry.

Checkout the team making short work of some long grass in Blisworth!!


What are people saying about Garden Buddies?

“Volunteering with Garden Buddies has already boosted my confidence and I feel so much happier!”


“The Garden Buddies are new friends; they are always happy and cheerful! It is so nice to have their help.”


“Absolutely brilliant! I can use the garden now and enjoy it. Thank you all so much”


“A fantastic change! I now have much more daylight in my kitchen and the whole garden is now a brighter place.”


“It has made such a difference. I have never seen the garden look so good.”


“I don’t know how to describe what you have done for me, I am just so grateful. Thank you very much.”


“100% improvement, it has light up my room with sunshine. I can’t believe the difference it has made.”

“The Garden Buddies have done a fantastic job and I’m really grateful.”


“I can see my garden ornaments for the first time in years. I had forgotten that I had so many!”


“I look forward to your next visit and the kettle will be on!”

Could you be a Garden Buddy?

Do you like gardening? Would you like to join a friendly team of volunteers helping elderly or disabled people in your community? snvb has launched an exciting new gardening project and is looking for volunteers!

The Garden Buddies project offers gardening services to people who have no other source of help. As a Garden Buddy, you will be providing a valuable service to people in your area and in return could benefit from:

  • meeting new people
  • learning new skills
  • gaining experience/skills

to add to your CV or just being part of a team.

Our Garden Buddies project worker will be on hand to supervise every session.

The time you give can be flexible and volunteers can opt for lighter duties, if preferred. All tools, equipment and training will be provided.

To find out more contact Garden Buddies on 01327 358264 or email



Membership details