There are some great ways to give your time if you’re feeling green fingered or want to develop your own gardening knowledge. You can join others, or do your own spot of guerilla gardening. And don’t forget that your neighbours could benefit from your skills. Your local WRVS or Age UK might run gardening schemes for those needing help with their gardens.

Fed up with seeing dull grey streets when you step out of your front door? Then how about ‘pimping your pavement’? You could be transforming shabby flowerbeds into chic head-turners or personalising tree pits. To get involved join their Facebook page

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  • Turning your hand to a bit of guerrilla gardening and fight the filth with forks and flowers.

If you prefer doing something more traditional, some of the country’s best known institutions rely on green-fingered volunteers.

  • The Natural History Museum, has over 200 volunteers involved in a range of roles, from teaching and interacting with visitors, being a wildlife gardener, cataloguing the collections or helping behind the scenes. 
  • The National Trust has an impressive 40,000 volunteers, outnumbering their paid staff seven to one. You could be getting out there in the countryside or helping tend to one of their gardens. You can also be a steward in a trust property, or work on the administrative or research side. The Trust even runs working holidays for volunteers. 
  • Volunteer with the Eden Project and help make it an even friendlier and more interesting place for visitors by joining one of their teams.
  • Inspire the young and old alike with the power of plants by volunteering at Kew Gardens. You could join their schools and family, information, discovery and horticultural teams. 

Prefer getting your hands down and dirty? How about joining one of the Deep Clean projects run by Thames21? Over 8,000 volunteers clean up the London’s rivers and canals every year. Everything from motorbike shells and ship parts to a World War II grenade have been discovered – find out what else is down there.

See also our ‘conservation’ section.

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