Why our volunteers enjoy volunteering at Westonbirt
Tina, one of Westonbirt's Propagation volunteers:
"I volunteered for Propagation at Westonbirt three years ago for two reasons - to contribute something to the conservation of a place I had been enjoying as a visitor for many years, and to enjoy one of my great passions, which is growing new plants. It is an interesting and rewarding role and it gives me enormous satisfaction to see a tree planted into the collection which I have helped to grow from a tiny seed or cutting."
Thelma, a welcome volunteer at Westonbirt:
“I have been volunteering at Westonbirt for about 14 years now. It is such a lovely place to be at all times of the year, but my favourite time is spring when everything is waking up! I love it and can't wait to get there! It has been a great opportunity to meet people from all over the world and help them to enjoy what Westonbirt has to offer. We're now in the new Welcome Building, which has great facilities to help our visitors enjoy a great day out at Westonbirt.”
John, one of Westonbirt's volunteer guides:
"I really enjoy guiding visitors around this world-famous collection of plants and sharing my passion for it with others. Westonbirt is a dynamic organisation where my humble contribution is really valued. All of the staff are friendly and supportive and very willing to share their time and knowledge."
Dee, one our Westonbirt's fundraising volunteers:
"Westonbirt has a very personal significance for me as it was the one place my husband always wanted to visit when he was very ill. Not only did we enjoy the wonderful atmosphere created by the trees but it was great to see so many people of all ages enjoying the experience in their own way. In particular, the children having fun and freedom in natural surroundings. I have adopted two trees, one for each of us, very close together so their roots will always be entwined. Now I am pleased to be a very small part of the fundraising effort which will see Westonbirt continue to provide pleasure for many generations to come."