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 1½ 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.
When: Variable times
Age requirements: All ages
About Westonbirt, The National Arboretum (VG)
The arboretum's mission is to 'connect people with trees to improve the quality of life.' They achieve this through the following objectives:
- To maintain develop and document the arboretum as a world-class resource for science and learning
- To provide opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to learn about trees, their cultivation and importance in our lives
- To maintain and develop the arboretum as a place for healthy, enjoyable and rewarding recreation
- To conserve the arboretum's distinctive historical landscape and heritage
- To encourage a wide and diverse community of individuals and organisations to participate in their work
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