Volunteers are not an unusual sight in the Australia National Botanic Gardens. They can regularly be seen guiding visitor walks, giving talks in the Theatrette and pushing up their sleeves to a variety of tasks.
But International Volunteer Day on 5 December saw a crowd of dedicated Gardens’ volunteers drinking tea and enjoying some well-deserved cake as they attended a ceremony acknowledging their work and contributions.
Guest speaker, Dr Andrew Leigh, MP gave a special thank you to the volunteers and noted the many long-serving volunteers – 25 who have dedicated 10 years or more to volunteering at the Gardens, and over 20 more devoting over 15 years.
Volunteers have been an integral part of the Gardens since it was first established way back in 1949!
There are currently over 150 volunteers at the Australian National Botanic Gardens whose extraordinary contribution makes the Gardens the very special place it is today.
Sabrina, Australian National Botanic Gardens