Volunteer Team Get Museum Wildlife Garden Ready for Spring

The River & Rowing Museum recently welcomed a large group of volunteers to help get their wildlife garden ready for the Spring.

Working with the Nature Conservation team of local group ‘Henley in Transition’, as well as many of the Museum’s regular volunteers, the team enthusiastically set about restoring the wildlife gardens in front of the Museum. Despite a slightly chilly morning, the team worked with great enthusiasm as they prepared the ground for wild flower planting.

Four members of Invesco staff also gave up their time to join the working party, part of Invesco’s regular community volunteer programme. Gemma Gove from Invesco said, “The River & Rowing Museum provides a great sense of community and heritage in Henley and we were pleased to be able to contribute to this during our morning of volunteering.”

The Museum is keen to grow their volunteer team, and offer a number of exciting opportunities, including gardening, exhibition assistance and visitor evaluation projects. The volunteer team enjoys a range of benefits including discounts in the Museum’s café and shop, and invitations to exclusive events, as well as plenty of coffee and cake after busy sessions in the garden! Full details are on the Museum’s website at rrm.co.uk/volunteer.

The volunteers will meet on a monthly basis, and the team hope to have the gardens ready in time for Henley’s Chelsea Fringe, along with Henley in Bloom later in the season.

Museum Volunteer, Ania Kozniewska said, “It was fun chatting to the other volunteers in between digging up massive tree roots!”

Hannah Jones, Volunteer Co-ordinator, River & Rowing Museum added, “We are very grateful to our fantastic group of volunteers, who support the work we do at the Museum. The team always approach our projects with enthusiasm and amazing energy, and we hope to welcome new members to the Museum in the future.”

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