Gardens volunteer

Why do we have Gardens Volunteers and what do they do?

Having Gardens Volunteers allows us to undertake additional projects and enhance the gardens even further for both animals and our guests to enjoy.
The gardens at Bristol Zoo contain one of Bristol’s most important collections of plants. There are unusual trees, shrubs and plants from around the world, including rare and endangered species.   Of course gardening in a Zoo also means creating and maintaining planting inside animal exhibits, providing naturalistic and interesting habitats. 

Who are we looking for?

  • People who enjoy being part of a team.
  • A willingness to learn and to keep up to date.
  • Good levels of physical fitness- you will be on your feet the majority of the day and some tasks will require stamina.
  • People who are happy volunteering outside – in all the different weather conditions that Bristol can throw at you!
  • People who enjoy interacting with our zoo guests.
  • Reliability and regular attendance.  We would like Volunteers to attend one week day a week from 8am – 5pm.  Please note this scheme is weekdays only and not available at weekends.

What’s in it for you?

By becoming a Gardens Volunteer you can…

  • Gain valuable new gardening skills and experience in a unique environment. 
  • Spend time outdoors in inspiring surroundings.
  • Meet new like-minded people.

“I really enjoy volunteering as part of the gardens team and I am learning a lot of new skills in gardening and grounds keeping. To be able to do this in such a pleasant environment with all the animals and the flora, and in the middle of Bristol, is a joy and quite a privileged.”  Jeanette, Gardens Volunteer.

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