The Cambridge University Botanic Garden welcomes many hundreds of group visits each year, throughout the seasons. Many of these groups are keen to get more out of their visit by booking a fully-trained Garden Guide to take them around the plants and landscapes of the Garden. Being fully conversant with the history and development of the Botanic Garden, its key landscape features, collections and specimen plants, the Garden Guide can deliver a memorable and informative experience for our visiting groups.
The Botanic Garden regards its volunteer Garden Guides as vital ambassadors for the Garden. It provides a one-year training programme with comprehensive guidance notes, coupled with training sessions by Garden staff throughout the year and across the horticultural sections. A Guide Mentoring scheme ensures that each trainee is supported throughout the year by an experienced Garden Guide, who also accompanies the trainee on his/her inaugural group tours before the fully-fledged guide goes solo.
Good communications and inter-personal skills are essential and trainee Guides do need to be able to commit significant time to completing their training and to then regularly delivering group guided tours.
Our volunteer Garden Guides are currently at full complement and we are not recruiting for trainee guides at the present. When we start to recruit again information about how to apply will appear on this page.