Help & Volunteering

‘30 years ago I spent many hours in Glen Gardens with my children. Now I’m enjoying volunteering in the kiosk & catching up with people in the community’ Julie C

Get Involved

There are a number of ways to get involved with Glen Gardens.

To join our brilliant and enthusiastic volunteer groups or for more information please use our become a friend form or email us at friends@glengardens.org

Gate Locking

After a period of not being locked after dark, as of 1st November 2016, the park gates were once again locked overnight thanks to the Friends of Glen Gardens.

We organise a rota of fantastic local volunteers to unlock the gates by 8:00am and lock again at dusk.

The locking time is displayed on the notice boards in the park, it is also posted on Facebook and Twitter, follow us to be kept up to date.

Volunteer Groups

We have a number of enthusiastic friends who help maintain areas of the gardens. 

We are always welcoming new friends to get involved with the gardens and events and have fun socialising while enjoying the lovely surroundings. 


Our volunteers do a fantastic job of pruning, weeding, edging, clearing the fallen leaves and many other valuable gardening jobs.

They meet 2 - 4pm on the 2nd Wednesday of each month and 10am - 12noon on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays.

See our dates for 2020

Serving in the kiosk

To bring the community together to enjoy the gardens and meet friends old and new we have a kiosk open from 6th April to 30th September.

The Kiosk is open Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday 2.30-4.30pm serving hot drinks and cakes.

Except Bank Holidays when it will be open Sat/Sun/Mon but closed on the Tuesday

Could you volunteer and help serve in the kiosk.


We need homemade goodies to serve in our kiosk. You can claim back any expenses. You will need to be health & safety checked by York Council. For more information on the health & safety requirements please email us friends@glengardens.org

Mosaic Gardens

Gardening behind the children's play area on a Thursday 2-4pm (March - Nov)

Organised Events

Our organised events are growing in popularity and we need help running them. They are usually twice a year.

Litter Picking

To keep our gardens clean and tidy we have a team of litter pickers.