Become a volunteer

Why we need you

The NGS is run by volunteers based in each county. Over 350 people share the fun and work involved in organising thousands of open garden events.
Ideally you will have access to a car, and we encourage our volunteers to use email and the internet to help with their work.

The busiest time of the year for our volunteers is the spring and summer, and we are always grateful for more occasional help.

Here’s an idea of what you could be doing as an NGS volunteer: promoting the NGS at local shows and events; supporting garden owners, particularly new ones, as they prepare for and during their openings; finding new gardens to visit; and distributing booklets to garden centres, libraries and tourist information centres.

What’s in it for you?

As a volunteer, you will be helping to raise vital funds for nursing, caring and gardening charities, as well as celebrating our national heritage!  Volunteering is also great work experience, for anyone looking to improve their CV.
Help and training is always given to our new volunteers.

Which role will you play?

In each area, we look for people to fill three key roles:

  • Team Co-ordinators to organise openings and provide help and advice to garden owners.
  • Press and Publicity Officers to promote garden openings in local press and media.
  • Treasurers to keep account of income and expenditure and organise banking.

We also look for people who can support these lead roles.

Who can volunteer?

Although knowledge of gardens is always helpful, the main requirement is good organisational skills and being happy to work as part of a team.
If you are over 16 years of age and have an enthusiasm for gardens, the natural world and fundraising, and have time to help in the summer, we would love to hear from you!

Contact us

If you are interested in volunteering please contact Georgina Waters, Head of Operations.

Click here to go to our Core Sponsor Investec page Click here to go to the NGS Volunteers Area
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