Come help volunteer!

If you love working 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 the Historic England Grade II registered gardens what they are, a lovely and welcoming place for volunteers and visitors. 

We are currently seeking a Catering Supervisor, as our current volunteer is planning to step down. Our Catering Supervisor is a key member of our team, ensuring that we provide a high quality refreshments offer to visitors to the Gardens from our catering kiosk. We provide hot and cold drinks and homemade cakes, and on Sunday Open Days we also provide bacon/hummus/cheese rolls.  The advert can be found here and the role description here. Applications with CVs should be sent by email to jobs@eastonlodge.co.uk by the end of May.

Our volunteers maintain the Gardens and enable the Trust to continue to develop and restore the Gardens further.  There are various opportunities to suit all skill levels and abilities.  Gardening sessions take place four days a week:

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 digging and planting, to weeding, cutting back, pruning, dead heading and composting; 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.

Our volunteers also provide the visitor welcome when we open to the public on nine Sundays a year, on Thursdays and for pre-arranged Group Visits.

Welcoming visitors on Open Sundays – volunteers help with children’s craft activities, catering, selling garden produce and merchandise, guiding, car parking and general help in making the days a success. The gates open at 11.00am, but we start setting up at 9.30 am and the day finishes at 5.00pm (4.00 in February).  If you have any spare time between these hours it will make a big difference to us.

Welcoming visitors on Open Thursdays and for Group Visits - volunteers help on the gate, with catering, selling garden produce and merchandise and guiding.

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.