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Volunteering

Volunteering with us is a great way to get involved with the many projects in the Garden and connect with others!

Our volunteers are an incredibly valued part of our team and play a key role in supporting our projects and developments, we are always delighted to welcome more people to join our volunteer team.

“We’re so lucky to have such a brilliant group of people volunteering at the garden. They are involved in all kinds of activities, whether that’s helping with gardening, keeping our plant records up to date, or making sure that events run smoothly. The difference they make to the garden is enormous.”
- Beccy Middleton, Curator St Andrews Botanic Garden

Benefits of Volunteering With Us

Volunteering provides opportunities to meet new people, make friends, learn new skills and advance your career as well as making you feel happier and healthier. Volunteering with us also allows you to connect with your community and make the garden a better place for everyone to enjoy in 2022.

Our volunteering opportunities can help you develop specific skills and will provide valuable work experience or can simply be a warm community of people to spend time with.

You can help us with our development and maintenance activities whilst benefitting from spending time in nature. Our volunteers have had the opportunity to make connections with new people, grow confidence and gain a real sense of achievement whilst learning new skills. There are opportunities for everyone, based on your interests and abilities!

Hear from our volunteer!

“I started volunteering about six months after I retired, as a means to stop me going "stir crazy" in the house and on a quiet walk through S.A.B.G. saw a poster asking for staff to work there! That was just over six years ago and I've done a variety of jobs since! Some of the work that I have done, makes me wish I'd discovered it a lot earlier in life, but at least I have discovered it! Volunteering has got me out of the house, gave me new interests and views of a life that I hadn't really experienced before! It's had me working with a great team of garden staff and volunteers and stopped me stagnating! I've branched out to work at two community gardens also and found the same great attitudes and knowledge there also, I can't recommend it enough!”
-Mike Ashburn, regular volunteer with the St Andrews Botanic Garden

We have lots of exciting plans and developments for 2022 and we would love you be involved. To learn more about volunteering opportunities, please get in touch at volunteer@standrewsbotanic.org, or drop by the Garden and speak to our team.

Accessibility: If you have any health conditions or specific access requirements, please let us know by indicating them in the application form, or get in touch with us at volunteer@standrewsbotanic.org so we can best support your participation.

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Current Volunteering Opportunities

Education

The education team’s volunteering sessions are especially helpful if you are looking to gain experience and skills for a career in teaching or public engagement! Becoming one of our education volunteers is great way to show dedication to education and engagement work. Our volunteers are involved in a variety of projects, both in the run up to and during events, such as our Little Oaks Toddler Group and seasonal activities. We also have sessions where education volunteers will work together to prepare activities and resources for future classes and events.

Garden Maintenance

Come and help the Garden with maintenance tasks! Garden maintenance will include activities such as weeding, planting, trimming, pruning and edging. You can choose to do tasks that work for your abilities. Wednesday: 10:30am – 12:30pm

Garden Project

These sessions will allow you to get involved in a whole variety of tasks, from painting and repair work to work within the garden. Depending on what projects we are working on at the time, you will be able to learn new skills or put your already developed skills into action. Wednesday: 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Nursery

Garden nursery volunteering involves helping with a variety of tasks in the nursery including weeding and repotting. Thursday: 10:30am – 12:30pm

Meadows in the Making

Meadows are important habitats that are support a variety of biodiversity including small mammals, birds, pollinators, insects and amphibians. The Meadows in the Making project works on developing a network of meadow habitats to support key species. Volunteering with this project will include activities such as hay raking and seed gathering, wildlife surveys and monitoring, events and training on biodiversity and conservation. This project is a great way to get involved with practical conservation. You will be able to get hands on experience and learn more about practical conservation skills and Fife’s local biodiversity. To learn more about the project please visit Meadows In The Making information.

This is project is run in partnership with Transition. To get involved with this project please e-mail transition@st-andrews.ac.ukg and stay updated on events and volunteering opportunities by following our social media pages.

We looking forward to hearing from you! Get in touch with us at volunteer@standrewsbotanic.org if you have any questions or you’d like to learn more about specific volunteering areas.

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