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Volunteering at West Ham Park

West Ham Park is a thriving, well used green space with fabulous plant collections, ornamental gardens and a focus on sustainable park management to benefit wildlife.

We take pride in providing activities, events and learning opportunities that link local people to the history of park and the nature it’s home to.

Volunteering is a great way of experiencing how the park is run from behind the scenes, and making your mark to help others enjoy it.

An idea of the commitment for each role is given in the description below. We aim to involve people regardless of previous experience and would love to hear from you if you wish to support us.

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If you'd like to join our mailing list and keep up to date with future volunteering opportunities in the park, please email us.

Volunteer roles

Wild East Project volunteer

Wild East volunteers help weekday and weekend visitors to West Ham Park understand the wildlife and heritage of green spaces using a tricycle packed full with fun activities, props and information.

Tahir, a Wild East Volunteer says ‘it's my privilege and honour to be part of such a wonderful organisation which is working for the local community to preserve some of rare species such as the skylark and many others. I learnt lots about plants as well trees such as the ginkgo.’

We are looking for volunteers who are:

  • friendly and outgoing
  • comfortable approaching or being approached by people
  • comfortable starting up conversation with people
  • curious about the natural world and history

If you'd like to volunteer to help the Wild East Project, please email us.

Wild Schools Project volunteer

Wild Schools volunteers support schoolchildren to take part in outdoor education at West Ham Park. They lead small groups through activities that get them exploring the park and learning curriculum subjects at the same time.

Anurag, a Wild Schools volunteer says ‘I love the outdoors in all seasons and seeing the joy in children’s faces, having fun and learning. I am planning to become a Science teacher, so this is a great opportunity for me to find out the best way to approach children and what style of learning excites them.

We are looking for volunteers who:

  • enjoy working with children aged between 5 -11
  • understand that learners have differing needs
  • are comfortable being outdoors
  • relish hands-on tasks which bring learning to life

If you'd like to volunteer to help us with the Wild Schools Project, please email us.

Vegetable garden volunteer

As a vegetable garden volunteer you’ll tend our raised beds and get a share of the delicious produce in exchange! As well as developing your own skills, we are looking for volunteers who could develop the skills of others, passing on their knowledge and sharing the joy of growing.

Looking after crops is a big commitment and we aim to offer these roles to people who wish to offer their time on a regular, on-going basis.

If you'd like to volunteer to help us with the vegetable garden, please email us.

Ornamental garden volunteer

    Rose garden
    Help keep our gardens looking beautiful

​The Gardening Team at West Ham Park is looking for an enthusiastic volunteer to support with the management of our Ornamental Gardens. Reporting to the team leader, the Volunteer Gardener will assist in undertaking a full range of horticultural maintenance operations to enhance the general condition of West Ham Park Ornamental gardens

Christopher, a Volunteer Gardener, says: "My voluntary work at West Ham Park Gardens is a varied and interesting.  It has been a great opportunity for me to learn more about gardening from head gardener Pete Henson. I would recommend volunteering at West Ham Park gardens to anyone who loves gardening and wants to work in a beautiful and supportive environment."

We are looking for volunteers who are:

  • passionate for gardening with an interest in horticulture
  • positive and polite with a ‘can do’ attitude
  • able to use their own initiative and follow instruction where needed
  • already knowledgeable in plant identification or eager to learn
  • happy to liaise with the team leader with any requirements for the volunteer task

If you'd like to volunteer as a gardener in our ornamental gardens, just email us!

Bird survey volunteer

​A group of dedicated volunteers carry out monthly bird surveys to help keep accurate records of wildlife in the park and are always looking for new volunteers.

If you are interested in helping record this invaluable information, please email us.

Friends of West Ham Park

The Friends of West Ham Park are a group of local residents who use and value the park. They find ways to help the park management in the development of its future role in the community.

They meet, informally, four times a year, to discuss and plan objectives, one of which is to follow an on-going calendar of activities that everyone can be a part of for as much or as little as they wish. See the events pages to see a listing of events for this year.

Contact The Friends of West Ham Park to find out how you can get involved or follow them on Facebook.

Corporate volunteering

​Does your organisation support employee volunteering? Are you looking to make a measurable difference and build your team spirit at the same time?

Here at West Ham Park we have a wide range of practical community outreach and biodiversity enhancement projects that can be tailored to your  requirements.

All of our projects are high impact community interest projects, and our flexible approach working directly with the local community has been very successful with corporate clients.

Please email us for further information.

Be aware that fees may apply to cover project and staff costs.