Not a bad view from the office window
Ever fancied being a volunteer at one of the finest gardens in the UK? Whether you could give the gardeners a hand, meet and greet visitors or have any weird or wonderful skills to offer, Bodnant Garden needs you!
The National Trust garden near Conwy is holding a Volunteer Recruitment Day on Thursday, June 6, when people can drop in and talk to staff and current volunteers about the varied opportunities available.
Visitor Services Manager Ann Smith says: “Our volunteers are the lifeblood of Bodnant Garden. They help us in all every aspect of life, from gardening to engaging with visitors to catering to handiwork. They are part of the team here and have a huge input in everything we do.”
Bodnant Garden currently has around 40 visitor services volunteers who meet and greet coach parties, help with guided tours, assist with garden events from weddings to falconry displays, do carpentry and maintenance, tend bar at Walk and Wine evenings, run storytelling for children – and more.
In addition there are 30 garden volunteers who muck in with the team and help with all aspects of daily routine maintenance, help in the nursery and even work in the office engraving plant labels.
Ann says: “Volunteering is a great opportunity if you have time to give. People have so many skills to offer and we welcome all of them. With our new summer programme for families this year we are particularly looking for volunteers who can help with children’s events. I am also keen to find people who can help in the tearoom. We are grateful for any time people can offer but at the moment weekend volunteers are especially welcome.”
As well as the chance to work in the beautiful surroundings of one of Britain’s most famous gardens, volunteers get free entry to National Trust properties in the UK and a discount card for National Trust outlets. They are also invited to regular staff meetings where they play a full part in discussion and planning.
The Volunteer Recruitment Day takes place from 11am to 3pm. No booking is necessary. Call the office on 01492 650460 for details.