FOBS Volunteers

Garden Volunteers


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 - 10.00 am - 12.00 noon
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.

Volunteer Appreciation Day - Wednesday 19 December 2018

After the gardening session mince pies and hot drinks will be served at 12 noon to all our wonderful volunteers. Just a small way of saying thank you for all your efforts to keep the Gardens looking beautiful. This will be the last working day of the year.
Volunteer sessions for 2019 will start on Wednesday 9 January with a short meeting in the Education Centre to discuss health & safety issues, followed by a tour of the Gardens when plans for 2019 will be explained. First working day will be 16 January - weather permitting.

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 2018

Total hours for the year so far comes to 3883. Thank you

November - 277 hours
October - 406 hours
September - 393 hours
August - 537 hours
July - 363 hours
June - 362 hours
May - 401 hours
April - 528 hours
March - 312 hours
February - 204 hours
January - 100 hours

Can't make Wednesdays? see the note above.

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.