Volunteering - City Gardens - City of London
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volunteers in City Gardens

There are various ways that you can get involved in volunteering with in the City Gardens, including joining the Friends of City Gardens, Barbican Wildlife Group or completing a corporate volunteering day.

Friends of City Gardens

The Friends of City Gardens are a group of volunteers who love the City’s green spaces.

They are working with the City Gardens team to enhance the gardens biodiversity and provide a range of enjoyable activities for people of all ages.

Current projects include the creation of a new garden on the disused platform of Barbican Station where they are partnered by TFL and the Barbican Centre and Gensler, the international architecture practice who have provided the design.

The Friends also organise City in Bloom on behalf of the City Gardens team. City in Bloom  is a celebration of the wonderful floral displays and biodiversity enriched planting that is created and maintained by residents and City businesses. As well as regular biodiversity surveys and work with school children to encourage vegetable growing and outdoor learning, the Friends organise fun activities for all ages in a number of gardens throughout the Square Mile.

If you would like to join in please visit the Friends of City Gardens website 

Membership is free and open to everyone that lives, works in or visit the Square Mile.

Barbican Wildlife Group (open to Barbican residents only)

The Barbican Estate’s garden on the corner of Fann Street is the largest wildlife garden in the City. A dedicated team of volunteer residents (the Barbican Wildlife Group) have weekly work sessions on Wednesday mornings at the garden. The group was set up in August 2004 to work with the Barbican Estate Office and the City Gardens team to improve the diversity of wildlife in the Estate as a whole, with a focus on the Wildlife Garden. The group works closely with the City Gardens team and a variety of agreed tasks are carried out depending on the season and needs of the site.

Corporate volunteering days

We offer a range of corporate volunteering activities within our City Gardens, including painting, planting, building bug hotels and lots more. Come and get stuck in and learn more about the gardens on your doorstep.   

If you would like to become a member of the Friends of City Gardens or the Barbican Wildlife Group or enquire about a corporate day, contact the City Gardens Team.

We are part of the Open Spaces Department's Volunteer Improvement Group which looks at improving volunteer opportunities and experiences across our Open Spaces.

We ensure volunteers receive appropriate training and support to carry out their volunteer duties. We encourage volunteers to learn practical skills and experience from within the City Gardens Team.


27 November 2015
Last Modified:
07 August 2018