Volunteer

Is history your thing? Then we need you

The Long Library contains 4000 books accumulated from 40 years of reviewing

The Long Library contains 4000 books accumulated from 40 years of reviewing

'I've been a volunteer at Sissinghurst since the summer of 2009; a relatively short time in comparison to many of the volunteers who have been coming for much longer.

I had visited Sissinghurst Castle many times and always enjoyed its atmosphere and the beauty of its garden. Because it's so famous as a garden I assumed that there would be no shortage of volunteers and a prospective one would need to have a gardening or historical background. I was very pleasantly surprised that neither of these attributes were needed but enthusiasm and a willingness to learn was essential.

I quickly found that the volunteers at Sissinghurst Castle are a friendly and helpful lot and I soon learned about the garden, the castle and their history. I work as a steward in the library and the tower, with strolls around the garden from time to time. This year however I started on an exciting new venture with five other volunteer colleagues; giving introductory talks to visitors before they go into the garden.'

Lots to get stuck into...

Karen, second from right, and friends © National Trust

Karen, second from right, and friends

Vegetable garden volunteering at Sissinghurst

Karen Hickey had spent much of her working life in offices. Here's her fascinating story about how she became involved with our work at Sissinghurst Castle and how it changed her life forever.

Read about Karen's role at Sissinghurst

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