Cordwainers Grow is looking for regular volunteer trainees to learn about and assist with our natural dye and natural fibre projects. They grow plants for dyeing and fibre at Cordwainers Garden in Hackney, as a way to show the different uses of plants and to inspire people to get involved with nature on their doorsteps.

They need people to help with their projects and workshops. Volunteer trainees will learn about growing, tending, harvesting and drying plants for colour and fibre. They will also have the opportunity to develop their own practice through experimentation at the garden and gain experience of working on community projects.

Volunteers will also help with community and school workshops and looking after the dye beds.

Flexible hours, according to your availability – expected average 2-4 hours a week.

Availability – between February 2017 and August 2017 for training during the growing season. (Our first flax workshop will be at the Chelsea Physic Garden in the evening of 2nd March.)

No experience necessary but enthusiasm, commitment, resourcefulness, good social skills and a desire to learn are essential.

Cordwainers Grow don’t have guaranteed funding for this scheme so can only provide travel expenses for paid workshops at the time of writing.

For more information and how to apply, phone 07714 288286 or email

Chelsea Physic Garden Events

The first flax workshops of the year will be at the Chelsea Physic Garden on 2nd March.

We are presenting a Twine and Wine evening where you’ll get the chance to learn how to turn flax into thread, then decorate a flax seed packet using cyanotype – the oldest form of photography – with Zoe Burt of Seeds of Fashion.