Volunteer at an RHS Garden

Our garden volunteers offer us their time, support and passion at all five of our RHS Gardens. They deliver garden tours, help to maintain plants, welcome visitors and inspire the next generation to get involved in horticulture.

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Looking after our Gardens

Garden volunteers enhance the work of the garden teams at all five of our gardens – RHS Garden Harlow Carr in Yorkshire, RHS Garden Hyde Hall in Essex, RHS Garden Rosemoor in Devon, RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey and RHS Garden Bridgewater in Greater Manchester.

Helping our visitors

We have a number of visitor services roles at our gardens, some roles are combined at specific sites. 

  • Mobility Vehicle Volunteer Drivers enable our less able volunteers to see important garden features
  • Volunteer Tour Guides deliver garden tours, describing the garden and its history
  • Membership Recruitment Volunteers answer visitor queries about membership and recruit new RHS members
  • Welcome Volunteers provide visitors to Wisley with a warm welcome on arrival
Welcoming families or school visits

RHS Gardens are renowned for engaging thousands of children every year with horticultural activities. Family Events Volunteers assist the Education and Learning team with the preparation, set up and delivery of workshops and activities.

School Visit Volunteers assist with visits from groups of school children. They greet students, their teachers and deliver tours.

Assisting our Science teams

Volunteers help our science teams, based at RHS Garden Wisley, supporting all areas of our scientific work. Many Science Volunteers are scientists or horticulturists themselves and enjoy sharing their expertise or continue this work following their retirement.

Cataloguing items in our libraries
Library Volunteers assist in the cataloguing, filing and archiving of all books and collections. Library Volunteers also help our visitors to access books, magazines and other information.
Working in our offices

Administration Volunteers can assist staff with mailings, update spread sheets, input data onto RHS databases and perform other administrative office work.

Some computer skills and knowledge of filing and administrative tasks are preferred for these roles. 

Explore our current vacancies

Please note: Better Impact is a third party. When applying for a volunteer role, you are leaving the RHS website, and will be governed by both the RHS and Better Impact’s privacy policies. Please read the Volunteer section in the RHS Privacy Policy.

What qualities do I need to volunteer at a Garden or Library?

  • A passion for gardening and an interest in the charitable work of the RHS
  • A positive, polite manner and a 'can do' attitude
  • The ability to use your own initiative and to follow instruction where needed
  • The desire to spend long periods of time outside and on the go

Where needed, you will be given the information and/or training needed to complete your role to a high standard.

We want to inspire more people to volunteer and we commit to:

  • Providing high quality, meaningful and engaging volunteer opportunities
  • Ensuring volunteers feel valued, recognised and engaged throughout their time with us
  • Offering a diverse range of opportunities which will enable us to be more inclusive
  • Welcoming, training and supporting all volunteers, where possible utilising the skills they have to offer
  • Treating all volunteers with dignity and respect

Explore our gardens

Volunteer at our Libraries and Reading Room

Get involved

The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.