Volunteer at Gibside

Volunteers clearing scrubland

360 volunteers help to make Gibside special, would you like to join the team?

Thanks to the skills, time and passion that volunteers give, we can look after Gibside forever, for everyone.

Whatever your motivation, you can become part of a great team, make new friends, gain extra knowledge from the existing team and be involved in caring for this 18th century estate. Plus, your travel expenses are covered and there's other benefits too.

Why at Gibside?

Gibside is an 18th century landscape garden. In the years following the death of his bride in 1724, coal baron George Bowes immersed himself in his grand estate, Gibside. He commissioned buildings, created ornamental ponds, planted hundreds of trees and laid out the walks that can still be seen today.

However, it was his daughter's legacy that ultimately shaped Gibside's history. Upon George's death Mary Eleanor Bowes became one of the 18th century's richest heiresses.

Today, there's over 600 acres of woodland, gardens, historic buildings and ruins to explore. You can head off on a walk, take part in an event, venture to the play area and so much more. There's even a pub here.

Sounds good? So what roles are available...

" My experiences as a volunteer at Gibside have been overwhelmingly positive. It has added another gratifying dimension to an already busy life."
- Angus Bryne, Tour guide volunteer
" Since I have been involved with Gibside, there have been many changes to the estate and I have enjoyed seeing it evolve. There are many more changes to come, so I don’t think I will be giving up volunteering here anytime soon!"
- Anthea Lang, Chapel conservation volunteer