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Horticulture at Wakehurst

Help us maintain the gardens at Wakehurst by becoming a horticultural volunteer.

Flower beds at Wakehurst

Volunteer in this beautiful horticultural setting

Overview

Over 100 volunteers support Wakehurst staff in a range of activities that help Kew deliver its aims. These activities include education, research, horticulture and interpretation. Enthusiastic team players with a passion for the environment, a desire to learn new skills and meet new people are sought to help in our high profile public areas.

There are a number of horticultural volunteer opportunities at Wakehurst. Browse our list below and find one that suits you.


Nursery volunteers

Volunteers will assist the Plant Propagation and Conservation Unit in the production of quality plants for the Gardens and Kew's Millennium Seed Bank.

  • Volunteer tasks include: weeding, mulching, general tidying, pruning, planting, propagation and path repairs.
  • Time commitment: One day per week.

Gardens volunteers

Volunteers will assist the Gardens Unit in the maintenance of the Asian Heath Garden, a collection of Asian plants recreating a natural mountain habitat, or in the Water Garden, a collection of moisture loving and woodland flowering plants.

  • Volunteer tasks include: general maintenance including weeding, lawn edging, mulching, general tidying, pruning, planting and path repairs.
  • Time commitment: One day per week.

Visitor centre grounds maintenance volunteers

Volunteers will assist the logistics team in maintaining the high profile visitor centre surrounds at Wakehurst to a high standard.

  • Volunteer tasks include: general maintenance including weeding, lawn edging, general tidying, pruning, planting, mowing, strimming and assisting with Garden events setup.
  • Time commitment: One day per week

Conservation grazing project volunteer

A volunteer will assist the Conservation and Woodlands Unit to improve and enhance the diversity of grasses and wildflowers throughout the estate, including the Loder Valley Nature Reserve.

  • Volunteer tasks may include: assisting the Wakehurst shepherd with routine animal husbandry tasks and maintenance of fences and sheds and assisting with other routine horticulture and arboriculture tasks including tree planting and general maintenance.
  • Time commitment: One day per week

Wildflower meadow volunteer

A volunteer will assist the Conservation and Woodlands Unit with the development of the Wild Flower Meadow surrounding Kew's Millennium Seed Bank.

  • Volunteer tasks include: weeding, edging, turf laying, strimming, mowing, mulching, seed sowing, planting and helping with the management of the Wakehurst sheep and interpretation of the area to the public.
  • Time commitment: One day per week.

How to apply

For an application form, call Sarah Bell on 01444 894055 or email sarah.bell@kew.org.

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