Helping in Knole's garden

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Do you have an interest in plants? Or do you enjoy being part of the team in an outdoor setting?  There are lots of different ways you can help in the garden at Knole.

Knole's garden is a private space for Lord Sackville and his family, except when it is open to the public once a week. So volunteering in the garden at Knole is a bit different.

The day begins with one or two people getting everything ready for the day, spending a privileged hour in the silence of the garden before the visitors arrive.  Then at 11 o' clock the Orangery doors are opened and the volunteer team is on hand to give out maps, offer directions and answer our visitors' questions.

During the day, some volunteers give short walk-and-talks. Others simply walk around the garden in pairs to greet visitors and answer their questions.  This is a very social way to volunteer, with ample chances to talk to visitors and other volunteers throughout the day.

The garden closes and most of the volunteers leave at 4pm. All that's left is to take down the boundary rope and close the garden, leaving it to the family for another week.

'I enjoy volunteering in the garden whatever the weather.  It is good to be out in the fresh air and to see the house from a perspective not available from any other place.  Plus there are plenty of people to talk to in the garden,' said Garden and House Steward, Olga.

'I have been volunteering in the garden for about ten years and I love it. I especially like the changing scenes: bluebells in the woodland, the wisteria flowering, and the wild orchids. The garden at Knole is an ever-changing landscape set in wonderful parkland,' said Garden Steward and Learning Volunteer, Val.

For more information, please email our volunteering team, or ring us on 01732 462100.