Take a role in park life

This Is Wiltshire: Lydiard Park is looking for new volunteers for the gardens. Pictured are Ben Williams, Nicky Heath, Jane Lane, Andy Dyer and Caroline Palmer Lydiard Park is looking for new volunteers for the gardens. Pictured are Ben Williams, Nicky Heath, Jane Lane, Andy Dyer and Caroline Palmer

WOODLAND management, guided walks, event support, administration and gardening are just some of the tasks people can get involved with as a volunteer at Lydiard House and Park.

With a busy programme of summer and autumn events being rolled out at the park, the team at Lydiard is looking to expand the dedicated network of volunteers.

Caroline Palmer, innovation and improvement manager for Lydiard House said: “We’re really keen to hear from anyone aged 18 or over who would like to be part of our wonderful volunteering team at Lydiard House and Park.

“Our volunteering roles cover a wide range of skills – from gardening and grounds maintenance to administration, publicity and visitor services work. “Those interested in letting Lydiard into their life can choose to do something they love and develop their talents – or try something completely new.

“Whether you have just a few hours a week to spare, or perhaps a whole day, Lydiard can offer so much in return. “We’re also looking for volunteers who are specifically interested in helping out with special activities and events.”

Lydiard provides a supportive training environment and, due to the huge variety of opportunities available, volunteers can gain new skills that can lead the way to future employment in a variety of sectors.

Coun Garry Perkins, cabinet member for the economy, regeneration and skills who is also responsible for Lydiard, said: “Our volunteers do a fantastic job at Lydiard, and I would like to thank them for the sterling work they do on various projects around the park.

“The council supports working with volunteers and we are always keen to provide even more opportunities in the community. As well as being a great chance to make friends, volunteering can give those taking part the opportunity to gain valuable experience and skills.”

Lydiard welcomes informal enquiries for these volunteering opportunities. All volunteering enquiries should be made by email to: Caroline Palmer, innovation and improvement manager for Lydiard House at cpalmer2@swindon.gov.uk.

Alternatively you can send your CV and covering letter to Caroline Palmer, Lydiard House and Park, Lydiard Tregoze, Swindon SN5 3PA.

For more information about Lydiard House and Park, see the website at www.lydiardpark.org.uk.

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