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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?

Great project to support – in addition to the great suggestions others have provided perhaps connect also with Volunteering New Zealand – they may be able to provide you with some further channels / suggestions to assist you as well as perhaps helping you with connecting with active Volunteers registered with them.

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Best of luck!

“The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul”.

— Alfred Austin