Volunteer for the Garden

Volunteers are an important and valued part of the National Botanic Garden of Wales

As one of the most visited Gardens in the UK, we are noted for our friendly atmosphere and approach to our visitors. We value and very much appreciate our volunteers and regard them amongst our important ambassadors, whether on site or wherever they go in the world, contributing to developing and promoting our reputation.

How can I volunteer?

If you are a regular visitor to the Garden or new to the area, have a few hours to spare a week and would like to support the Garden, learn new skills or utilise old skills and make new friends, then we are looking for volunteers to help in the following departments:-

Horticulture

We are looking for volunteer gardeners to undertake various gardening activities on either a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.  We only request a minimum of 4 hours on any one day from 10am to 2pm.

Growing the Future

We are looking for volunteers to support staff with training courses, helping to set-up, organise refreshments and assist the tutor with the trainees – lots of different courses are held at the Garden, so if you are interested in the various horticultural courses that we run or learn about making beeswax candles, cosmetics or beekeeping, then please contact for further information.

Information Desk

This is based in the Great Glasshouse and the team deal primarily with handing out information, dealing with any inquiries and generally chatting to our visitors, a good knowledge of the Garden would be helpful but not essential.

Buggy Driving – Visitor Services

Our volunteer buggy drivers operate this complimentary service for visitors 363 days of the year.  We are looking for buggy drivers to cover Friday morning (10am-1.30pm) and Wednesday afternoon (1.00pm to 4.30pm).  Full training is provided.

Butterfly House

If you like butterflies and moths and are interested in our pollinator project and would like to get involved, then we are looking for Butterfly Stewards for our Plas Pilipala Butterfly House on a Tuesday morning (10am to 1pm) and a Friday afternoon (1pm-4pm).  Full training will be provided.

For further information please contact the volunteer co-ordinator, Jane, on 01558 667118 or email:  jane.down@gardenofwales.org.uk

 

Why we support and need Volunteers

The Garden recognises that the activities of volunteers are an important positive force in raising the organisation’s profile and support in the community.  Volunteers are a vital part of the Garden’s lifeblood and are amongst its ambassadors. Volunteers are able to bring special extra skills, experience, and dimensions to benefit the Garden. They also help link the Garden closely with the wider community – the community of place and the community of people. Engaging a wide diversity of perspectives and approaches is widely acknowledged as bringing added value to organisations.

As with a lot of charities in the UK, the Garden’s resources are limited. Therefore, to enable the Garden to meet its objectives it has developed and maintains an essential, balanced, effective, and mutually beneficial staff/volunteer partnership. This is based on the principle that Garden staff provide the structure, organisation, direction and day to day management, whilst volunteers add value to the Garden’s work by performing a wide range of roles, contributing their time, flexibility, experience and specialist skills. Thus within this framework, volunteering is a legitimate and crucial activity which is supported and encouraged by the Garden.