Welcome!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.
Access may change as building work progresses on the toilet block. Please take extra care in this area.
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.
Volunteering 2017310 hours worked by volunteers in May, down slightly on April, perhaps due to holidays , giving a total for the year to date of 1370.
Volunteering 2016The 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 2015The final total of volunteer hours worked in the Gardens on Wednesday mornings came to 3078 hours.
Current dutiesDepending on the time of year: digging, weeding, pruning, edging, planting - See task list next to 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.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to organise voluntary work at weekends.
Please contact the volunteers if you can help. Garden Volunteer help
FOBS ManagementThe 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 and particularly for the proposed new Education Centre is also a major effort [see About FOBS for details]. New ideas are always welcome.
HELP WANTEDFOBS 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.