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Reply To: West Lynn Garden Society has 2.5 hectares of garden open to the public. We are run mostly by retired volunteers. We also have a function centre and take bookings for various events. We pay a gardener 20 hrs and a bookings officer 16 hrs per week. We have lost all bookings from March to June due to Covid-19. We have also lost 5 elderly committee members. At present we have a Treasurer to co-opt onto the committee as soon as we can call a meeting and have a secretary considering whether to take on the task or not. How do we go about attracting more volunteers as gardeners and helping welcome visitors to the garden by working in the office and people interested into coming on the committee?

Hi Margaret
I’d echo some of the above, use digital and social marketing (via Facebook and Insta) and focus on local community groups that are there to support local enterprise such as the local town centre manager for New Lynn business association (web link below) to help – there could be a great opportunity for local businesses to use a “day in the garden” as team building / give back exercise in the outdoors and at a Covid friendly place in the fresh air… out of those visitors, you may get some that want to do more on a voluntary basis.
You can also post governance roles (voluntary or paid) at http://www.appointbetterboards.co.nz

New Lynn Business Association – https://www.newlynnbusinessassociation.net.nz/about-new-lynn