Join the Festival Gardeners

The Festival Gardens team welcome enthusiastic, committed volunteers who want to make a real and lasting difference to Festival Gardens. Because volunteers are so important to the success of the gardens, we decided to give them a name to be proud of.

Introducing… the Festival Gardeners.

The Festival Gardeners are a team of dedicated volunteers who are committed to protecting and improving the gardens for everyone. As a Festival Gardener, your mission is to support the Festival Gardens team to maintain and enhance the gardens to the highest standards, promote the location to visitors and provide a high class visitor experience.

At Festival Gardens, no two days are the same! One day you might find yourself leading a visit from a local school, planting new foliage or building a habitat hotel and the next you could be organising a photo shoot under the Pagoda, building new benches or repairing the Japanese gardens.

The two Festival Gardener volunteer roles reflect different skills, experience and qualities. You can apply to join either:

It is important that all Festival Gardeners are able make a long term commitment to a consistent number of days per month to volunteer at Festival Gardens. If that’s more than you are able to offer, fear not - there will be opportunities for more casual one-off volunteering to help out with special projects, events and conservation tasks all year round. If you would prefer to get involved with these one-off opportunities, just let the rangers know and we’ll be sure to get in touch with an invitation to take part.

Volunteering is a great way to learn new skills, share old ones, make new friends and make a real difference to your community. If you are searching for a dream job but lack experience which you hope to gain from joining the Festival Gardeners, just let us know and we’ll do our best to help. Likewise, if you have valuable skills you would like to share or teach to others, we’d be delighted if Festival Gardens could be the place where that happens.

Sounds like my cup of tea! How can I join the Festival Gardeners?

If you would like to join the Festival Gardeners, we would love to hear from you! Please complete the application form and email to and we will be in touch.

There are limited volunteer places are available and we are keen to recruit volunteers of all ages and all backgrounds with a wide range of skills and experiences. Please be aware that we may be unable to accommodate all volunteers immediately but opportunities will continue to arise as Festival Gardens grows.

For more information, questions or advice, please email, pop down to the rangers hut in the gardens or call 07795 800970 to speak to one of the rangers.