Volunteering stories Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House

Ranger team maintenance work

Have you every wanted to volunteer whether it be to improve your CV, make friends or give something back to your community, or maybe you just love the outdoors and nature? Then why not join the National Trust, a conservation charity with its aim to protect and preserve these special sites forever for everyone.

Have you every wanted to volunteer whether it be to improve your CV, make friends or give something back to your community, or maybe you just love the outdoors and nature? Then why not join the National Trust, a conservation charity with its aim to protect and preserve these special sites forever for everyone.

From volunteer for administration, rangers and events, there are a variety of roles available for those of varying skills and interest. We have an excellent ranger team, made up of gardeners and nature lovers and many strong friendships have been formed. The Rangers help to manage, maintain and improve various areas around Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House and are not afraid of getting a little dirty.

Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House also offer student placements which are typically 6-12 months. Student placement opportunities include experience with Learning Education, Ranger work or with Events and marketing.

Emily Fleming - Student Placement with Lisa McCaughan (Community Learning Interpretation Officer) said that " I started volunteering in September for my university placement and have been working with school groups both at Hezlett and Downhill Demesne. I've also been going out to the schools to deliver environmental programmes to classes at local Primary Schools. From volunteering with the National Trust I have gained so much confidence, especially working with children, which has helped me decide to go into teaching after university. The staff at Hezlett House have been so welcoming and friendly. I felt like one of the team since day 1."

Heather Linden-Student Placement said that " Everyday is so different, one minute you can be creating articles and getting ready for events, then you could be out the next hour gardening around Bishop's Gate with Rangers from Mount Stewart. You get such a great variety and gain so much experience and skills that you can apply in the future!"

Volunteers and Placement students play a valuable part i the day to day running of Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House, without them we cannot protect, maintain and improve our sites. We are always in need of volunteers and roles can be found for people with differing tastes, interests and skills. Why not get in contact with us today?

For more information about volunteering at Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House please contact Hezlett House Offices at 02870848728 or by email - lisa.mccaughan@nationaltrust.org.uk.