27.10.2022 | News, Volunteer

Volunteer as a GT Community Champion

The Gardens Trust wants to recruit a cohort of GT Community Champions who can help us share our passion for historic parks, gardens and other designed landscapes, and our purpose to protect them, with their local community.

Volunteer as a GT Community Champion

We’re looking for volunteers from active local community organisations across the UK to deliver a one off ‘Garden History Lucky Dip’ activity. The aim of this activity is to share garden history stories with new audiences, helping us to promote the importance and wonder of these historic spaces with more members of the public. Traditionally, our events and activities have been designed for those with some existing knowledge of garden history, but the ‘Garden History Lucky Dip’ activity is accessible to everyone.

Frankie Taylor ready to share our Lucky Dip activity

You can find out more about how to run  the Lucky Dip activity here:

Garden History Lucky Dip Entry Level

Lucky Dip ‘Curiosity’ Level

By delivering this activity to your local community group and becoming a Gardens Trust Community Champion, you will be helping to share our mission and increase awareness and support of vulnerable historic designed landscapes across Britain.

Who are we looking for

We’re looking for someone who:

  • Currently volunteers for an active community group in the UK
  • Can deliver at least one Garden History Lucky Dip activity session in 2023
  • Is available to undertake an activity training session
  • Would like the opportunity to learn more about garden history
  • Wants to help protect and promote historic parks and gardens in the UK

No prior experience in heritage or knowledge of garden history is required!

Frankie discussing Hahas using the Lucky Dip

We’d particularly like to hear from you if your organisation has never been involved with a heritage or landscape project before or if you volunteer with communities currently underrepresented in these sectors including Black, Asian and ethnic minority communities, LGBT+ people, people with disabilities, and those with experience of socio-economic disadvantage.

What we can offer

In return what we can offer is:

  • Relevant training needed to deliver the session
  • A resource pack containing all the materials needed for the Garden History Lucky Dip activity (which you’re free to keep and reuse!)
  • Support from our Audience Development and Engagement Officer and the wider Gardens Trust team
  • An opportunity to be involved in future events with the Gardens Trust
  • A year’s free membership of the Gardens Trust (including discounted tickets for online events, membership magazine and our respected journal Garden History)

If you’re interested in being a GT Community Champion we’d love to hear from you. To apply, please complete and return the Community Champions Application Form to Frankie Taylor, Audience Development and Engagement Officer.

Please feel free to contact Frankie for more information or to arrange an informal chat about the Community Champions scheme.

This opportunity is part of the Engaging With Our Future Project made possible with support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.