Like a glorious tree, our volunteer family grows larger each year! We wouldn't be here today without the dedication and motivation of hundreds of volunteers since our journey began back in 2015.

We're so grateful to all these wonderful people who helped with the harvests, constructing the polytunnel, planting food in the garden and the day-to-day running of our communal spaces.

covid-19 update

As lockdown eases, we are pleased to be opening up our volunteering program again. 

We have many additional safety measures in place to protect the hygiene of our residents, employees and volunteers. We encourage visitors to check in with the people they are working with to ensure that everyone’s space and safety is respected.

For more information on this, take a look at our COVID-19 guidance here.

If you have any specific questions, feel free to email volunteer@hempen.co.uk.

There are a few different ways to volunteer with us:


There are regular opportunities for people living locally to help out on site. This would normally be gardening or basic carpentry jobs, but if you have a particular skill or interest, let us know in your application form – chances are we’ll have just the job for you!


For those living a little further afield, you can apply to stay for 3 days (Tuesday-Thursday). At the moment our capacity is limited due to COVID-19, but we hope to offer volunteerships for longer periods soon. You would normally need to bring your own accommodation (tent or vehicle) but if this is a problem, let us know in your application so we can find a solution.


If you’ve already completed a short-term volunteership and want to volunteer again, you can enrol in our 4-month volunteer program. Availability is dependent on how many people are already on-site and whether we’ll have enough work for you to do. The best thing to do is send us an email at volunteering@hempen.co.uk so we can discuss what will work best for everyone.

Ready? Set??


Just fill in this application form and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

The more information you can give us about yourself, the better so we can find the best way for you to join our community and ensure you get the satisfaction you’re looking for from volunteering.

It’s also really useful for us to know if you have any specific access needs so we can be sure to provide everything you need to fully participate.

Burning Questions?

Most of the information you need can be found in our FAQs here.

However, if that incredibly detailed 2-page document doesn’t quite cut it (or if you’d rather chat directly with our volunteer coordinator) then send us an email at volunteering@hempen.co.uk


Fill out an application form