Green fingers? Wild Place Project is looking for horticulture volunteers

May 29 2018

People who love propagating plants and tending seed beds have a rare chance to become horticultural volunteers at Wild Place Project.

 They are needed to give help and support to full-time staff at its nurseries where thousands of plants are grown each year.

 Christina Reade, nursery supervisor, said: “Ideally we would like people to be able to give us one day each week so they can help regularly with members of staff.”

 She said horticultural volunteers come from a wide range of backgrounds and from all walks of life. 

The current horticultural volunteers include retired Jill Colley who has been at the nurseries for the past two years. 

Jill, who for 30 years worked on the Muppet Show as a production co-ordinator and later as a performer co-ordinator, began volunteering sometime after she moved to Bristol from London.

 She spends a day a week helping at the nurseries and says she really enjoys it.

 Jill said: “I get involved in coppicing, planting trees, propagating, planting up plants, a wide variety of things. It’s just great.

 “It’s a fun place, with fun people to work with and every day is different.” 

Jade Stott, volunteer co-ordinator at Wild Place Project, said anyone interested in becoming a horticultural volunteer should apply through the Wild Place website.

 She said: “People volunteer for many different reasons, some will have retired and are looking for new challenges but anyone is welcome to apply.”

 People can apply either by ringing volunteer services on 0117 428 5605 or email volunteers@wildplace.org.uk or following this link http://www.wildplace.org.uk/about-us/volunteers