Wildflower growing volunteer

Closing Date: 31/07/2024
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Slimbridge
What type of role are you interested in
Volunteer
Wetland conservation, creation and management

About The Role

Wildflower growing volunteer in the Community Growing Hub

The Community Growing Hub Project aims to grow and distribute meadow plants of local provenance to enhance the wildflower diversity of local community projects as well as the grounds and reserve areas at WWT Slimbridge.  We are growing these plants in a recently refurbished polytunnel at Slimbridge.

 Floodplain meadows are not only beautiful, but these rare, species-rich plant communities are part of the heritage of the Severn Vale.  Floodplain meadows can store more carbon than woodlands, are incredibly biodiverse and can help mitigate flooding. Unfortunately, today just over 1000ha remain in England and Wales.

To aid efforts to restore floodplain meadows and other wet grasslands in the Severn Vale, we are looking for volunteers to assist with growing wildflower plug plants in our polytunnel. 

Volunteers are an essential part of the WWT team. You'll get a warm welcome, including information on training, equipment and anything else you need. 
 
If you are interested in volunteering for WWT but don't wish to apply online, please email [email protected] or leave a message at 01453 891 231 with your name and number. 
 
 
 

About You

Who are we looking for?

This role would suit you if:

  • You have the ability to work under your own initiative with guidance.
  • You are able to travel independently to WWT Slimbridge
  • You have a relatively good level of fitness. Tasks may involve lifting plant trays, using wheelbarrows, standing at plant benches, lifting compost bags etc.
  •  You have your own sturdy footwear and outdoor clothing.
  • If you have some knowledge of plants and horticulture that would be great although it is not essential.
Tasks will include:
  • Caring for plug plants e.g. weeding, hand watering, potting on.
  • Moving trays
  • Preparing plants for orders.
  • Looking for pests and diseases
  • Keeping work areas clean and safe.
 
 

About Us

We’re WWT, and we’re on a mission to restore the super-powered ecosystems we call wetlands. There’s never been a more important moment for our work, and we’ve got some phenomenal people on the case.

Whether they’re taking a new visitor under their wing, or conducting ground-breaking research further afield, our team are second to none. And there’s nothing we love more than watching them soar.

Whatever you do here, you’ll be helping to restore wetlands and unlock their power. So, the only question left is, what role will you play?

Why you'll love volunteering at WWT
  • Feel good knowing you are helping to restore wetlands, and our world
  • Be surrounded and inspired by like-minded wetland lovers
  • Hear from the people who inject their energy, passion and expertise into wetlands and wildlife - talks, walks, webinars, tea and cake...
  • Free entry to all our wetland centres, including your family
  • Volunteer discount on shopping and memberships
  • Access to webinars and practical information to help you manage daily life

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