Public Speaking Volunteer  with Westonbirt, The National Arboretum (VG) (Ref: 1473)
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Westonbirt's Speakers provide external talks to interested stakeholder groups; sharing their passion for this world famous collection of trees, and they provide an important role in promoting the value of the arboretum as an internationally important scientific resource, learning destination and a place to enjoy. Using an agreed presentation they provide an introduction to the arboretum during all its wonderful seasons and encourage future visits to the arboretum.

There are usually about 2-3 talks each month, throughout the year; talks last about 1 hours. On average Westonbirt asks for volunteers to undertake 1 talk per month.

The duties of the volunteer will be to visit prearranged venues throughout the year and deliver talks to a wide variety of adult groups, including horticultural / gardening clubs, U3A, WI etc. Many of these talks will be in the evenings, and volunteers should be prepared to drive in the dark through the winter months. All groups are booked in advanced through the forestry Commission Team.
What are they looking for?

Volunteers should be reliable, enthusiastic and be confident in speaking to and engaging with audiences, with a keen willingness to learn and become part of a team. They should also be able to move presentation equipment (projector) into venue – although Westonbirt do ask for adjacent parking and support from the host organiser in each venue, and while knowledge of Westonbirt and its trees would be advantageous, it is not essential.


All necessary equipment and materials will be provided with appropriate instruction.

An initial training day will be provided to familiarise you with the kit and presentation.

Two team meetings are arranged annually for additional training and to facilitate feedback.

A mobile phone with access to the Forestry Commission Lone Working system (PEOPLESAFE) is available.

Mileage expenses may be claimed from the external organisation

When: Variable times
Age requirements: All ages


About Westonbirt, The National Arboretum (VG)
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Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, located three miles from the Cotswold town of Tetbury, has 17 miles of accessible paths winding through a picturesque Victorian landscape which is home to internationally important tree and shrub collections, managed by the Forestry Commission.

Westonbirt attracts over 400,000 visitors per year and is known worldwide for its spectacular autumn colour and the spring rhododendron, azalea and magnolia displays

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