The Friends has 200 volunteers, helping with our public walks and courses, staffing the Visitor Centre, doing practical conservation work, running our Discoverers programme for young families, campaigning, doing our communications, helping with local fairs and other events, and just organising the Friends itself.  

There are opportunites to volunteer with us in the following areas: 

Local fairs

The Friends will have a stall at Richmond May Fair (9 May), Ham Fair (13 June) and St. Margaret’s Fair (11 July). We give out information on the Park, help people who want to know more about it and the Friends, recruit new members and occasionally sell a copy of our Guidebook.

We will have a morning and an afternoon shift for each fair. If you would like to help, please email Events@frp.org.uk, indicating the fair or fairs at which you can assist, and if you have a preference for morning or afternoon shifts. Full details will be sent to you closer to the time of each fair. If you have any questions, please send an email to the above address. Looking forward to seeing you!

Poetry event in Pembroke Lodge Gardens

The Friends are organising a special event on 17 June to celebrate the refurbishment of Poets Corner and the Thomson memorial, which has been funded by the Friends, the Visitor Centre and a local donor. It will also feature a newly commissioned poem from an award-winning local poet. We need two types of volunteers to help: one or two with reasonable computer skills to help with organisation, invitations etc and a few to help with reception and set-up in Pembroke Lodge on 17 June. If you'd like to help or would like more information, contact Richard Gray: richard@rgcmarketing.co.uk or 07768 022100.

Organising our Walks & Courses

Peter Burrows-Smith is stepping down by the end of the year from arranging our Walks and Courses and we are looking for one or two people to take on this very rewarding job so that we can continue to offer an interesting programme. The job covers:

• Organising regular monthly walks (first Saturday) and specials (e.g. Boxing Day); there is an established team of people to lead the walks 
• Organising courses (a wildlife talk at Pembroke Lodge, followed by a walk); Peter will continue to help arrange speakers.
• Co-ordinating publicity – on the website, newsletter, bulletin etc

The organisation of monthly walks and the courses could be split, with one including the publicity. Peter will also continue to organise his informal Friday Bird Walks. Walks & Courses are an important part of the Friends’ public work and we are keen to continue a full programme. If you can help or would like to know more, please contact Peter at peterburrows-smith1@virginmedia.com or 0208 392 9888.

Please note: Volunteers need to be members of the Friends for insurance purposes.