Volunteer at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

There are many ways that you can get involved and help to support our gardens now and for years to come

Volunteer with us

The Sir Harold Hillier Gardens operate a highly successful and rewarding volunteer scheme.

We have a wonderful team of about 160 volunteers who help in many areas of the Gardens, including:

  • working with the Horticultural Team in the Gardens
  • photography
  • working in the Education Team
  • helping at events
  • working in Visitor Services

You can volunteer part-time on a weekly or monthly basis. Training is available with the opportunity to learn gardening methods and attend workshops and talks.

Whatever skills you can offer us, volunteering at the Gardens is a great way of meeting like-minded people and making new friends.

Tree adoption

Adopting a tree is a very special living gift. Over the years it can be enjoyed and treasured by you and future generations. It also helps us to continue to develop and maintain our beautiful collection of trees and plants within the Gardens.

We know the importance of selecting the right tree. You may have a favourite species or wish to adopt a tree in an area that you particularly like. We will discuss your request with you to make sure that you are happy with your decision. Once a suitable tree is chosen, it can be labelled with a personalised message (max 20 words, subject to approval).

Our trees can be adopted from £500. You will receive an adoption certificate for your tree along with six complimentary tickets to visit the Gardens.


We would love to hear from you if you would like to sponsor a feature within the Gardens.

Sponsorship by grant-giving organisations, private companies and individuals has made the following features possible:

  • the All Ability Path network
  • replanting the Centenary Border
  • the new Wisteria Border
  • the redevelopment of Hydrangea Walk
Leave a legacy

Once you have looked after family and friends, please consider remembering Sir Harold Hillier Gardens in your will.

As a charitable trust, our work relies on donations. Leaving a gift in your will means you can continue the support you have given us during your lifetime. This help means that our beautiful gardens are maintained and developed into the future.

There are many ways to leave a legacy gift to us and we would always recommend you speak to a solicitor. But if you want an informal and no obligation conversation, phone our director on 01794 368787.


Over the years your kind donations have helped us:

  • develop the Gardens
  • add to our plant collection
  • buy specialist books for our library
  • undertake education and interpretation projects
  • help support trainees at the Gardens

Any size donation is much appreciated and lets us continue our work in:

  • horticulture
  • conservation
  • education
  • recreation

If you wish to support the Gardens you could make a donation by; visiting the Ticket Desk, call us (01794 368787) or donate online.