All the work of the Lakeland Horticultural Society is carried out entirely by volunteers.  Although a few tasks such as tree surgery and tarmac-laying are put out to contract, everything else is done by Society members.






Members, who need not be experienced gardeners, are always welcome to work in many areas of the gardens and for specific jobs. Gardeners learn on the job and are helped by colleagues. We also have a "Heavy Gang" who move large objects and do other strenuous work.


The labelling team maintain the Holehird plant database and produce engraved plant labels.  Wardens preside over Reception, meet and talk to visitors, sell guides, postcards and other material, and generally help and advise visitors.  Garden guides show visiting groups around the Gardens.


The plant sales area at the Gardens is open every day from Easter until October.  Volunteers to help on the plant stall are always welcome.  The job is not onerous as all the plants are clearly labelled and priced, and it is an opportunity to welcome visitors to the Gardens.









Volunteers help with projection and sound equipment at lectures.


Information about the library contents, archive and Society members is kept up to date by several teams of members.


The web site is maintained on an ongoing basis, and several photographers update its picture galleries.


The LHS publications not only include contributions from members but are edited and prepared for printing by the publications team.


Volunteers provide refreshments, including the baking and preparation of cakes and sandwiches for events, plus provision of coffee and tea to members on weekday mornings.



  • Wardening

    How to become a warden at Holehird Gardens.