Volunteering with London Parks & Gardens Trust

What do volunteers do?

At London Parks & Gardens Trust volunteers carry out a wide range of roles depending on their own interests and abilities, from Area Co-ordinators for Open Garden Squares Weekend to Website Manager, and from Membership Secretary to organising activities and undertaking research. As a volunteer you should be given a role description, which outlines what work you will be doing and how that fits within the wider team.

Who can volunteer?

Our volunteers represent all ages and abilities; they come from all over London and from all backgrounds, bringing a variety of skills and experiences. What unites them is a passion for London and its historic green spaces, as well as a desire to work together to increase understanding and concern for them.

Why volunteer with us?

Volunteering has many benefits for both you as a volunteer and for us as an organisation. We believe it's educational, inspirational and fun. It's also a great opportunity to meet new and like-minded friends.

Further information

Please consult the Volunteers' Handbook »

Sounds interesting?

Please complete the Volunteer Registration Form (in Word format) »

Duck Island Cottage

Duck Island Cottage

The Trust is fortunate to have use of Duck Island Cottage as its h.q. and office. The Cottage is owned by The Royal Parks.


We would like to recruit six volunteers to help the lecture evenings run smoothly.  The team will prepare and deliver the annual programme of six winter lectures, supporting the Lecture Coordinator. The aim is to encourage people to learn about the heritage and horticulture of the London’s parks green spaces.

Please click here to read the full Role.  Applications should be emailed to volunteers@londongardenstrust.org

Planning & Conservation


Our Planning & Conservation Working Group is looking for volunteers willing to join the group as active members.

The group's main remit is to draft responses to planning applications which affect London's parks, gardens and green spaces (historic or otherwise) on behalf of the Trust, in its role as statutory consultee. (for The Gardens Trust).

We are especially interested in volunteers with knowledge of the planning system and historic environment issues, however the main requirements are passion and enthusiasm for the subject, a willingness to learn and the ability to commit some time, however much as you are able.

If you are interested, please contact:  volunteers@londongardenstrust.org


Are you excited by London's green spaces? Would you like to help discover the fascinating history behind them? If so, this is the group for you.

One of the most important activities of the Trust is its research into London's parks, gardens and open spaces. The Research Group is friendly, lively and very active; we meet in central London every few months to report on research findings, attend training days and educational visits, and share good research practice. Our all-important research findings feed into not only our local Inventory of London Historic Spaces but also the national Parks & Gardens UK resource.

Further information »

Open Garden Squares Weekend

Every year we are looking for volunteers for Open Garden Squares Weekend in June. Their main duties are to welcome visitors, check and sell tickets, and ensure that the garden is treated with respect.

No one has to be on duty for more than half a day and every volunteer receives a free ticket to the whole two-day event.

If you are able to help, please email us at volunteers@londongardenstrust.org .

We are also looking for Area Co-ordinators to join our team. One of the key parts of the role is discovering new gardens that might be suitable to take part in next years Open Garden Squares Weekend.  To read the role in full please click here.  If you would like to apply, please email volunteers@londongardenstrust.org