Volunteer for Plant Heritage and enjoy getting in touch with plant enthusiasts, having access to rare and unusual plants, and simply enjoying plants!
The work of Plant Heritage is carried out in the main, by volunteers. From the fundraising and educational work done in local Groups, to the certification and review of National Plant Collections, managing seed donations, organising the national plant exchange, Board trustees, office administration, flower shows, PR and of course the National Collection Holders themselves.
Collections coordinators (volunteer)
We have vacancies for collections coordinators in a few areas. Coordinators play a vital role as the link between Collection Holders in their area and the central organisation. They mentor and advise people who are interested in starting a collection; help to support new applicants; visit existing collections in their area, and act as a source of advice or local point of contact if a Collection Holder has queries.
Coordinators work principally with the plant conservation team who will train, advise and support you. If you are in (or near) any of the counties below, and would like to find out more, please contact the conservation team.
Essex, London, East Midlands (covering Leicestershire, Northants, Nottinghamshire, together or individually) or the county of West Midlands.
Plant exchange coordinators (volunteer)
If you enjoy being involved with plants and people, discovering new aspects of plant conservation, meeting like-minded people and travelling once a year to the national exchange, you may be a perfect Plant Exchange coordinator!
The Plant Exchange is open to all members, and we have areas of the country where we’d like to involve more people by having a county coordinator. It is an excellent way to learn about and perhaps acquire rare and unusual plants. Please get in touch, particularly if you are in Devon or Cornwall, Scotland (apart from the South-West), central England, or Wales.
We would also like a volunteer who is reasonably computer-minded and knows a bit about plant names, to help get the plant lists onto our plant records database – this can be done from anywhere with an internet connection.
Volunteers - office roles
We need volunteers who can come into our office at Loseley Park, Surrey on a regular basis for the following roles:
Digitising our archive
We have over 40 years of information about the National Plant Collections, much of which only exists on paper. We need to get these files scanned, saved and tagged for ease of retrieval, to make information more accessible and to insure against loss.
We have numerous images that need to be sorted and labelled/tagged for ease of reference, so we have a useful resource that is more accessible.
Volunteer roles - remote
Events support: to help local groups add events to the website and ensuring the calendar is up to date. Full training will be given.
Seed volunteers: to help to sort, list and pack seed. Also to assist with the list of seeds (useful, but not essential, to know a bit about plant names) and to help source images. You don't need to do all of these tasks - just let us know what suits you.
Video editing: we are keen to include more video content on our website and are looking for help with producing/editing video clips.
Are you looking for an opportunity to give something back through volunteering as a charity trustee? We are currently looking for trustees with experience of Fundraising.
Applicants are invited to complete the short application form and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org.