Come help volunteer!

If you love being outside in beautiful surroundings and are interested in joining us, read on! We are a happy and friendly group of volunteers - why not take a look at this video.  

Our volunteers make a massive difference to these English Heritage Grade II registered gardens.  Abandoned in 1950, the gardens are continuing to go through a process of renewal and change – through the  interest and hard work of our friendly volunteers.  There are various opportunities to suit all skill levels and abilities.  Gardening sessions take place four days a week and we also require volunteers when we open to the public on nine Sundays a year.  Current opportunities are:

Gardening and garden maintenance on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays or Saturdays – Thursdays is the main volunteering day, when we have some 20 volunteers working across the Gardens, from 9.30am to 3.00pm, covering all aspects of gardening from weeding, cutting back, pruning, potting up, digging and garden maintenance jobs, such as painting, carpentry and path laying. On Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays the work groups are smaller, mostly focused on gardening and operating to different times. Volunteers must bring their own refreshments for the morning and lunch breaks, but we provide cake for volunteers on Thursdays.

Open Sundays – We need help with children’s craft activities, catering, guiding, car parking and general help in making the days a success. The gates open at 11.30am, but we start setting up at 10 am and the day finishes at 5.00pm (4.30 in February).  If you have any spare time between these hours it will make a big difference to us.

If you would like to join us on any of these days and you love nothing more than working in the great outdoors and making new friends – and would like to play an active role in making a big difference to these important gardens – either fill in the volunteer registration form and post it to the address shown or click the button below to sign up.