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​Glow Volunteer​RHS Wisley​Wisley

1st December- 3rd January

Glow at RHS Garden Wisley is the biggest event in the calendar. This year with more than 100 illuminated Jigantics floral lights it will be wonderful to explore a world of magical illuminations in the garden as dusk falls. We are looking for those who wish to engage with the public and show them along the beautiful lit route making sure they enjoy the atmosphere of the festive season. From sharing the story of the Christmas Display in The Glasshouse which is inspired by the poem 'A visit from St Nicholas' by Clement Clarke Moore with magical festive woodland glade with poinsettia trees, ferns and red flowering azaleas, to insuring safety and being on hand for any questions along the snowdrop avenue and floating water lilies on the lakes. This truly would be a magical experience to be involved in.

 

No previous experience is needed, but this role would be perfect if you are:

  • Looking to build your confidence.
  • Enthusiastic and open to talking to members of the public.
  • Interested in being part of a large scale, creative event.
  • Looking for a rewarding volunteer experience.
  • Looking to try something new and have some fun!

The specifics:

  • Shifts are from 4pm- 8:30pm
  • Any time from 1st December- 3rd January, with a minimum of two shifts.
  • There will be other volunteers and staff around for support.
  • You will have an opportunity to move around different areas of the garden during your shift.
  • We will reimburse your travel expenses up to £15 each day you volunteer with us.

 

If you would like to join us as a Glow volunteer, please fill in the application form on the volunteer webpage.

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Contact: Nelle, at nellejervis@rhs.org.uk ​ ​ ​ ​

 

​Butterflies in the Glasshouse Volunteer​RHS Wisley​Wisley

Butterflies in the Glasshouse is a breath-taking experience, especially for jungle explorers learning about the life cycle of the butterfly in our fantastic hands on educational zone where you can share your knowledge and engage with the visitors. The butterfly event at RHS Garden Wisley welcomes thousands of tropical butterflies where you can spot different varieties and help the visitors guide their way through the beautiful floral paradise. You will support with customer service, meeting and greeting and assisting the team within the tropical Glasshouse, visitors can view free roaming butterflies and you will show them further information about butterflies in our exhibition space and help our younger visitors see butterflies up close under microscopes and learn some exciting facts about these wonderful creatures.

No previous experience is needed, but this role would be perfect if you are:

  • Looking to build your confidence.
  • Interested in science, nature or conservation.
  • Enthusiastic and happy to talk to lots of different people.
  • Looking for a rewarding volunteer experience.
  • Looking to try something new and have some fun!

The specifics:

  • Flexible weekday and weekend shifts available from 13th January- 4th March.
  • We ask that volunteers commit to a minimum of two shifts.
  • We will reimburse your travel expenses up to £15 each day you volunteer with us.

If you would like to join us as a Butterflies in the Glasshouse Volunteer, please fill in the application form on the volunteer webpage.

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​Contact: Nelle, at nellejervis@rhs.org.uk ​ ​
​Therapy Garden Volunteer​The Therapy Garden​Normandy, Guildford
The Therapy Garden is a horticulture and education charity that uses gardening to generate positive change. We work with adults and teenagers with learning difficulties, physical disabilities and a range of mental health challenges. Green School offers teenagers aged 14-18 the chance to gain a City & Guilds vocational qualification- ‘Skills for Working Life: Horticulture’. Our Grow to Work project supports 19-25 year olds with their transition from school or college to the workplace by offering further training and work experience, maintaining local gardens or in our shop selling our home grown produce. Stroke survivors and clients living with dementia are offered social and therapeutic horticulture, reducing social isolation. Adult clients with anxiety, depression or other mental health challenges are referred to us by Social Services. We aim to help our service users improve psychologically, physically and socially and provide the opportunity to enter into further education, training and employment.

We are always looking for volunteers who can help in the garden and assist our clients. This is a great opportunity to gain experience that may support a job application at a later date. ​ ​
​Contact: charlotte.brady@thetherapygarden.org  ​ ​

 

Countryside Volunteer​Waverley Borough CouncilWaverley​

​Why join the Waverley Countryside Volunteers?

Help improve your local wildlife habitats and make a real difference to the animals and plants that live there.

Meet lots of new people interested in looking after the countryside.

Conservation volunteering is a great way of keeping fit, getting fresh air and relieving stress.

What are practical conservation tasks?

Spring and summer

Tasks include:

removing invasive plants by hand such as ragwort, himalayan balsam and bracken

improving paths

creating steps

installing seats for visitors

litter-picking

hay-making.

Autumn and winter

Tasks include:

hedge laying (a traditional method of stock-proofing hedges)

coppicing (cutting down poles of hazel and chestnut to regenerate woodland)

pulling out stray Scots pine sapling

removing gorse and birch on heathland

planting trees

clearing ponds of excess vegetation.

Tools and equipment provided .

All tools, protective equipment and supervision are provided by the countryside rangers. They will also explain how to use hand tools safely and give the reasons for the work being carried out. Most importantly, they will provide tea and coffee (but bring your own lunch).

​Contact: The Parks and Countryside team on 01483 523394 or by email: parks&countryside@waverley.gov.uk