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Venue: Ecoworks, St Anns Allotments, Nottingham

Date: Saturday May 11

Time: 10am- 4.30pm

Price: £20 (£12 for Permaculture Association Members) 


Lunch and refreshments will be provided

Join Permaculture Educator Paul Paine for a day at Ecoworks in Nottingham, to learn about how you can create a volunteering programme that supports the physical and mental wellbeing of your volunteers.


  • Learn about how Ecoworks has created a volunteer programme for vulnerable adults and what they have put in place at the project to support them.


  • Find out about their popular Dig and Dinner programme, how and why they set it up and the impact that it has had on their volunteers and wider community.


  • Take a 90 minute tour of the site, learning about their 30 year history, current projects and see their unusual perennials, our straw bale buildings, water saving systems and forage areas.


  • Explore how you could develop a volunteer programme that focuses on wellbeing at your project


  • Experience a delicious Dig and Dinner style lunch using produce from the garden and enjoy plenty of opportunities to share and network with other participants.


Places are limited to 30 people, to ensure that all participants get their individual needs met. 

Meet your Host 

Paul Paine is a certified permaculture educator, specialising in community garden design and implementing food forest and foraging systems. 

He is a founder member of Ecoworks and has a wealth of experience of leading projects, working with volunteers and fundraising. He is also a keen orchardist and cider maker.

Paul plays an active role in his community and  has been a longstanding member of the local Radical Routes housing co-operative. 

Paul paine

About Ecoworks

Ecoworks is  a community garden charity situated in the heart of St Anns in Nottingham.

For 30 years, they have opened their garden gates within the St Anns allotments, and welcomed the local community to take part in a range of opportunities and activities including organic gardening, green build, permaculture, seasonal cooking, eco-craft and willow basketry, wildlife conservation and art. 

They have a strawbale building, green rooves, sustainable water management and unusual edible perennials.


Ecoworks can offer a quiet space for participants to take time out if needed and can accomodate service animals. As the site is in the middle of a very large allotment sites we will meet people at the gate. Late arrivals can give us a ring to be collected. parking is on Ransom Rd, but if access is an issue limited numbers of vehicles can drive onto the site. 


There are paths throughout the site, but expect some uneven ground. Please bring weather appropriate outdoor clothing so that you can be comfortable on the 90 minute site tour. 


The nearest bus stop is the 42 which stops on Ransom Rd, alternatively you can catch a bus to the St Anns Wells Road and walk up the Hill, or catch a bus to the top of Ransom Road, via Woodborough Road and walk down the hill. More details will be given after booking. 

Paul may be able to help with accommodation for anyone travelling from out of the area. Please contact [email protected] if you need this and we will put you in touch with Paul.