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Become a volunteer Garden Guide

Hume City Council/Hume Volunteer Gateway

About the volunteer role:

During a visit, conversations are had about the wildlife the person wishes to attract and the various habitat elements in their garden, so that appropriate advice is offered. After a visit, Garden Guides prepare a personalised report with some recommendations about plant selection and the habitat features ( e.g. nest boxes, bird baths, frog bogs, insect hotels, etc) that could be installed. The report also outlines what other resources are available for program participants (e.g. free seedlings, workshop calendar).

*Tasks that will not be carried out by Garden Guides:**

  • Designing gardens for people.
  • Gardening duties like planting, weeding, mowing, pruning, etc.
  • Installing or maintaining habitat features.***

Why become a garden Guide:

  • Help other people to create more wildlife-friendly gardens in Hume.
  • Enhance connection with other people and with nature.
  • Build on and share your knowledge and passion about gardening, plants, animals, and Hume's natural environments.
  • Learn new skills and knowledge
  • Assist people to become better informed and engaged on biodiversity issues
  • Encouraging people to experience beauty in their own gardens.
  • Be part of the Gardens for Wildlife Network operating throughout greater Melbourne and regional Victoria. Skills or experiences needed:
  • Interest in gardening, native wildlife and/or sustainability.
  • Ability to actively listen and communicate openly with others, particularly with a diverse range of people and those from a non-English speaking background.
  • Demonstrated good organisational and time management skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word to prepare documents and using the internet.