FOBS Volunteers

Garden Volunteers

Covid-19 - update 8 July 2020

Some work may be possible under very strict rules.
Please do not come to the Gardens without checking first as only a very limited number of volunteers will be permitted to be on site.
email: for instructions

The section below is not applicable during Covid-19 conditions

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, near the Dorothy Fox Education Centre, 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.

Can't do Wednesday mornings?
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.

Volunteering 2020 Despite it being the wettest February on record (from 1882 in Sheffield) our wonderful volunteers managed to contribute 260 hours, bringing the year's total to 607 so far.
January 347

Volunteering 2019 In addition to Gardens maintenance, our volunteers have also worked hard to propagate and grow plants from seed for the special plant sales and for the Gardens. Volunteer hours for 2019 were a fantastic record-breaking total of 4448.
Many thanks for all your efforts.

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. Elections are held at the AGM in November.

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