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 - 10.00am-12.00noon
Sign on in the big greenhouse as usual, but access via the gate through the hedge further up the AGM Border avoiding the building site.. 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.
While demolition of the classroom and building work is taking place FOBS Wednesday morning volunteers should not enter the yard. Steve Beech will put all tools and equipment in the big glasshouse.

Volunteering 2017

At this time of year there are often more volunteers in the gardens than members of the public, especially if the weather is inclement. 278 hours devoted by volunteers in February, giving a total for the year to date of 412.

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.

Current duties

Depending 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 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 and particularly for the proposed new Education Centre 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.