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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?

Question submitted 05/05/20 @ 04:55pm
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  • Might be worth trying to get in the media, eg 7 Sharp and try posting on Neighbourly website. Also try to get a story in your local community paper / magazine eg Ponsonby News etc
    And combine all that with a Facebook group.
    People need to know you exist and what you offer so that they can make contact

    Hi Margaret

    I second that advice.

    Community facebook groups are pretty powerful and people are willing to help their communities wherever they can right now.

    This is the link to the New Lynn page:
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/989378804442415/?ref=share

    If you don’t have Facebook we could post for you.

    I would post what you shared above with a lovely pic of the garden.

    Good luck and keep us posted.

    If you would like to contact media, drop me a note and I can put you in touch.
    B@bravebear.co.nz

    Bee

    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

    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

    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.

    Home

    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

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