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Garden Volunteer - Witley Court and Gardens

English Heritage

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Location

Witley Court and Gardens

Time Commitment

Contact Details

Long Term, Weekly

About the Role

We are looking for people to join our garden volunteer team, assist with the presentation and maintenance of the gardens and undertake specific garden projects when required at Witley Court Gardens.


Your time will be spent assisting the garden team with both general and season-specific horticultural tasks such as assisting with the change-over of formal bedding schemes (twice a year), pruning/maintenance of the rhododendron collection, woodland and ecological work.


We have sessions available on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday throughout the year. We would like to see you weekly if possible. Shift time initially 10:30-13:30hrs.


What will I be doing?

  • Assisting the garden team with a broad range of horticultural activities which may include mulching, weeding, pruning, propagation, planting and re-potting, irrigation, path sweeping, grass edging and sowing

  • Developing an understanding of the history of the garden and the significance of the plants and planting schemes

  • Answering questions from visitors and offer information where appropriate regarding the garden and its history

For security purposes you will also need to:

  • Undertake and implement safety procedures, including evacuation

  • Maintain a level of visitor supervision in the garden

Skills and Qualifications

  • A basic level of horticultural knowledge

  • An interest in horticulture and working outdoors

  • An interest in working in the historic environment

  • To be flexible and enthusiastic

  • The ability to work as part of a team and on your own

  • The ability to undertake physical work for a period of time

About the Organisation

English Heritage cares for over 400 historic buildings, monuments and sites - from world-famous prehistoric sites to grand medieval castles, from Roman forts on the edges of the empire to a Cold War bunker. Through these, we bring the story of England to life for over 10 million people each year.


Witley Court

Discover the secrets and stories of a lost world at this magnificent country house. Built in the 17th century and remodelled in Victorian times, disaster struck in 1937 when a fire ripped through the Italianate building.

Today it’s the perfect place for a family adventure, with dramatic ruins, beautiful gardens and wild woodlands waiting to be explored. There’s even an amazing play area for children inspired by nature, with a tree house, wobbly bridge and outdoor musical instruments.

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