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?
Volunteers have played, and continue to play, a vital role in making the Garden such a wonderful place to visit. There is always plenty of work to do here and there are always vacancies for volunteers, so do please get in touch.
Volunteers carry out a wide range of activities and tasks at the Garden, from buggy driving to gardening, tour guiding and assisting with school visits, to organising exhibitions and painting fences. The vast majority of our volunteers usually dedicate one day a week to volunteering at the Garden, some usually do a morning or afternoon a week and others volunteer on a bi-weekly or monthly basis, or, as and when we require their help.
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.