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Vital Volunteers! by Dave Squire

Posted by sheiladearing on 27 Jul 2011 at 11:48 AM

It’s no exaggeration to say that our RHS Rosemoor volunteers (all 80 of them!) are vital! We simply could not achieve what we do without them.

Volunteer team work day planting spring bulbs

Although most work in the garden, others help in the library, recruitment, events, education, administration and the shop. 

So often they are the public face of Rosemoor and they play a big role in our customer relations.

Some of our volunteers have been helping us for over twenty years and while each may have had their own individual reason for joining us, the reason they stay is universal… they enjoy it!

Nell helping out in the Nursery

Sue weeding around the trees by the lake

Yes, there are some benefits that come with being a volunteer, but the time they give us is effectively free, and all of us paid staff admire them very much for their commitment and skills.

I was speaking too a ‘long time’ garden volunteer recently, and I asked her what her own garden was like. “A mess!” she laughed, “I don’t know what I’m doing here really…I should be at home doing that, but it’s not as nice as this one and not so many people see it”.

The volunteers are as much a part of the Rosemoor team as any of us, and as my friend implied, there’s real satisfaction in creating something special for the people who visit.

If you would be interested in volunteering, contact our Volunteer Coordinator on 01805 626862. But, be warned, the volunteer scheme is so popular, you might be put a waiting list, particularly for the garden!

Dave Squire.

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