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Horticulture at Kew Gardens

If you have a passion for plants and conservation and enjoy getting your hands dirty, join our thriving community of 150 horticultural volunteers.

Horticulture volunteers clearing brambles

Horticultural volunteers at Kew Gardens


Our horticultural volunteers support the work of our trained horticulturists by helping out with the basic maintenance of Kew’s plant collections, for example, propagation, planting, weeding, pruning, mulching, tidying and lawn edging.

Opportunities are available from Monday to Friday only, both outdoors and in our glasshouses. There are no weekend horticultural volunteering opportunities.

Volunteers usually donate one day per week, Monday to Friday, normally starting between 8.30am and 10.30am and then finishing between 3.15pm and 4.15pm. We try to place volunteers according to their preferences.

How to apply

Although we currently have a waiting list of horticultural volunteers and are not actively recruiting to our Horticultural Volunteer programme at present, you are welcome to send in an application. Recruitment is carried out when a number of placements become available – there is no set recruitment period during the year. There is a high demand for placements and our aim is to provide opportunities for a diverse range of people so we do not recruit on a first come first served basis.

During recruitment drives application forms held on file will be considered and, if selected, applicants will be invited to Kew for an informal chat.

If you wish your name and details to be held on file please complete and return Horticulture Volunteer application form

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