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Volunteering at Ness Gardens

If you love plants, gardens and meeting people, come and join us.

We depend on volunteers to help support our gardens and even if you don't like gardening there is always something to do.

We currently have over 200 volunteers of all ages and backgrounds from students to retired people.  The roles are varied including...

  • Meet & Greet
  • Manning Admissions point
  • Serving in Gift Shop and Plant Sales areas
  • General Gardening
  • Representing the Gardens at shows and other public places
  • Guided tours for both adult and school parties
  • Herbarium duties
  • Plant label production
  • Inputting plant data for curatorial purposes
  • Input of visitor data for statistical information
  • Collecting, cleaning and packing seed for sale
  • Assisting at on-site events
  • Bench cleaning and painting

Volunteer benefits

The experience of working with people within such a stunning environment.

We will give you tea/coffee and biscuits in return for your help!

Once you have completed 50 hours you will be able to bring a friend into the gardens for FREE whenever you like.

Please bring a passport size photo to your introductory interview.

Volunteer Application Form


Select an interest, then use the up/down buttons to alter it's priority.

Please state available days and whether to cover others by advanced notice