To mark Volunteers’ Week (3-9 June), we are appealing for volunteers to help at our tree nursery, located in Trewoon near St Austell.

Our nursery – Emmaus Community Trees – overlooks Carlyon Bay and launched in autumn 2022 as our first social enterprise. In the last year, we have grown approximately 100,000 trees for sale with the help of a volunteer team. All proceeds go towards our aim to open a residential community for homeless people, which will provide accommodation, work opportunities, tailored support and training.

We are urgently seeking new volunteers for one-off sessions or a regular commitment. Activities change throughout the year depending on the season, but usually tasks include looking after young trees and plants, gardening, planting, weeding and preparing orders for sale. From August to November, the charity will also need volunteers to help collect tree seeds from the local area.

Here is an aerial view shot of our nursery:

Andrew is a regular volunteer at Emmaus Community Trees and said:

“I enjoy volunteering outdoors and learning more about trees every time I visit. It’s a great way to get out of the house and meet new people. I also really love seeing all the wildlife around the site too.”

No previous experience in tree care or gardening is required as Emmaus Cornwall will provide all the training and guidance needed. Commenting on the volunteer appeal, Rod Richardson, Trustee at Emmaus Cornwall, said:

“We are in desperate need of new volunteers to help keep our tree nursery running smoothly. We’re looking for individuals or groups interested in supporting a worthwhile cause and getting hands-on experience in tree care and gardening. It’s a great opportunity for anyone who would like to meet new people, spend time outdoors and learn all about trees and plants. Our site has a fantastic view of Carlyon Bay and is a very tranquil place to volunteer.

“Homelessness in Cornwall has increased over the last few years and our accommodation offer is needed now more than ever. Every volunteer that helps at our tree nursery, will also be contributing to our goal of opening accommodation in Cornwall for people who have been homeless.”

To volunteer at Emmaus Community Trees, contact [email protected]