What do we do?

When gardens and lawns become overgrown, most of us find it a nuisance. People who are physically unable to do their gardens find it distressing, particularly those who are housebound. The aim of this service is to provide gardeners and volunteers to maintain the gardens of people who cannot do it themselves, free of charge.

The work of this project contributes to independent living making clients feel much safer in their homes and less vulnerable. Clients have reported that an untidy garden can attract unwanted attention, inviting crime and making it difficult to access.

Tasks undertaken by the VAEF Gardening Service include:Garden_2

  • Grass cutting
  • Hedge cutting
  • Shrub pruning
  • Weed and bramble removal
  • Application of weed killer if supplied by the client

The Voluntary Action Epping Forest Gardening Service provides a free of charge practical service which enables people to go on living independently. The project also brings together clients and volunteers who benefit from the social interaction of the project.

Who can use our service?

This free service is available to residents of the Epping Forest District who are elderly, disabled, EFDC Council tenants and cannot maintain their gardens on their own and do not have family support networks.

We also offer a chargeable gardening service for elderly, disabled homeowners in the Epping Forest District.

Voluntary Action Epping Forest’s Gardening Service is available Monday to Friday between February and November. No service is provided during December and January.

Office hours between February and NovemberGarden_1

Monday 9 am – 4:30 pm
Tuesday 9 am – 4:30 pm
Thursday 9 am – 4:30 pm







Interested in Volunteering?

We are looking for volunteers to help with our challenging and worthwhile project. If you would like to volunteer and make a difference to those in need of garden maintenance, please contact the Epping Forest Volunteer Centre 01992 564 256.








Contact Us

If you would like further information about the Gardening Service, please contact the Gardening Project Administrator on 
01992 564 592