FOBS Volunteers

Garden Volunteers

Wednesday 10 January 2018 is the Curator's Briefing Day for volunteers. 10-12 in the Education Centre.
Ian Turner will be explaining plans for the coming year and go over health & safety procedures that all volunteers need to be aware of.
He will then lead a tour of the Gardens - but this is weather dependent.

The first actual working day for volunteers in 2018 will be Wednesday 17 January.


Whether you are a beginner or an experienced gardener you are welcome to join our team of volunteers who work with the Curator and Gardens' staff to keep the Gardens looking beautiful.
If you are tempted to help why not come along and join in? You don't have to be a member of FOBS to volunteer

Wednesday Morning Volunteers - 10.00am-12.00noon

Sign on in the big greenhouse where a list of urgent jobs is always available.
Please wear appropriate clothing for the weather, including sturdy footwear and gardening gloves. Volunteers may also wish to bring a flask and a snack for a short break around 11am.

Current duties

Depending on the time of year: digging, weeding, pruning, edging, planting - A task list is provided next to the sign-in sheet in the greenhouse.

For more experienced gardeners there are opportunities to lead teams in specific areas of the Gardens. Other tasks involve care for our National Collections, plant identification and labelling.

If you would like to volunteer in the Gardens but can't make Wednesday mornings, please contact us, as we are piloting volunteer sessions on other days, including weekends.

Garden Volunteer help

Volunteering 2017

December, and 156 hours from the volunteers. A total for the year of 3276 hours. So close to breaking last years record

A big thank you to all the volunteers. The hard work you do is greatly appreciated.

Volunteering 2016

The Wednesday morning volunteers contributed 178 hours in December. In spite of all the difficulties resulting from the building works, our amazing volunteers have actually exceeded last year's total by contributing 3282 hours this year.
Well done everyone and many, many thanks for helping to maintain our lovely Gardens

Volunteering 2015

The final total of volunteer hours worked in the Gardens on Wednesday mornings came to 3078 hours.

FOBS Management

The committee rely on a group of volunteers to help the society run smoothly. Members help with activities such as: planning tours, organising the lecture programme, helping run the library, mailing out newsletters or learning how to be a Tour Guide.

Fundraising in support of the Gardens is also a major effort [see About FOBS for details].
New ideas are always welcome.


FOBS executive committee are seeking help from interested and talented FOBS members and volunteers.

Wanted someone to write articles about events in the Gardens and to liaise with the local newspapers to publicise FOBS activities

There are vacancies on the committee, an essential part of FOBS. No special skills required, just an interest in the Botanical Gardens and a willingness to help plan for the future.

If you are interested and can help - please email the FOBS Committee or speak to the Chairman at any FOBS meeting.