New family volunteering opportunity at Aberdulais

Family using tracker pack at Aberdulais
Published : 25 Jan 2018 Last update : 29 Jan 2018

We’re looking for families seeking a new challenge for 2018 to get involved in creating a new sensory garden at Aberdulais.

You and your family would get involved in regular volunteering sessions at Aberdulais to transform an overgrown area into a sensory garden. Creating a new area for people to enjoy whilst visiting, an area to pause and enjoy some quiet reflection. 

What will you and the family get up to?

We’ll have regular volunteering sessions where you’d work with our Ranger to transform this area into Octavia’s Haven. If you get involved there’ll be no shortage of exercise and fresh air!

Our volunteering sessions will be on the second Sunday of the month, between 10am and 2pm, throughout the year; giving you the opportunity to follow the project through from start to finish. 

Interested? What are you waiting for?

Get in touch – please phone us on 01639 636674 or email

What’s in a name?

We’ll name this new sensory garden Octavia’s Haven, after one of our famous founders, Octavia Hill. It’s also significant that 2018 is the year throughout the National Trust that we’re celebrating the stories of the many women connected to our places. 

Octavia Hill was a visionary woman who realised the need for green spaces and fresh air, especially amongst poorer communities, living and working amongst heavy industry. 

“The need for quiet, the need for air, the need for exercise, and I believe the sight of sky and things growing, seem human needs common to us all” Octavia Hill. 

Nearly 125 years on this still rings true, and it seems appropriate that we should create such a little haven within Aberdulais, a place that lived and breathed heavy industry.