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 in unlock the gates by 8.00am and lock the gates, winter 16.00 summer 21.00.  

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. 


Every 2nd Wednesday 14.00 - 16.00 and every 2nd and 4th Saturday 10.00 - 12.00, we have a group of friends to help look after the gardens. 

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

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 14.30-16.30 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 14.00-16.00 (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.