Ways to get involved at Hughenden

Cutting the grass in the orchard

Each year over 250 volunteers donate their time, experience and skills to help us at Hughenden - from driving the buggy to keeping the gardens and house immaculate. Here are some of the ways volunteers help us to make Hughenden Manor special.

Room Guide

Our team of volunteers in the Manor are essential in allowing us to open Hughenden to the public, and to care for its architecture and collections. They are also a fundamental part of the visitor experience on site, putting the rooms and collection into context for our visitors, and helping each person to discover something new at Hughenden everytime they visit.

Volunteer working in the shop


With over 700 acres of estate to manage, our full-time ranger needs all the help he can get. Our volunteer rangers assist with all aspects of countryside management tasks, working within and alongside the ranger in a variety of activities, including planning and conducting woodland walks, wildflower studies and talks, craft activities and outdoor events.

A team of volunteers help with the coppice
A team of volunteers help with coppicing
A team of volunteers help with the coppice

Buggy driver

Some of our visitors are daunted by the steep walk to Hughenden from the car park, and this is where our team of volunteer buggy drivers comes in. With their help we are able to offer a courtesy service from the car park to the Manor, an invaluable service that is highly valued by less mobile visitors.


Our team of garden volunteers work throughout the diverse gardens at Hughenden. From formal planting on the Parterre  to working in the Pleasure Grounds, or growing vegetables in the Kitchen Garden there's always something to do.

Volunteer working in walled garden


Our learning programme provides a fantastic resource to local schools. Our learning volunteers support the valuable work of the learning team in making the history of the Manor fun and accessible to school visits, and passing on our love of history to the next generation.


For many visitors a stop at the gift shop to pick up a souvenir of their day is an unmissable part of their visit. Without our team of shop volunteers we wouldn't be able to offer the fantastic retail experience that we currently have.


What visit would be complete without a visit to the Cafe, our volunteers help to prepare, serve and ensure the visitors have the best experience possible.

Visitor Welcome 

For our 140,000 visitors each year a great visit starts as soon as they arrive, and doesn't stop until they are on their way home. Our visitor welcome volunteers are an essential part of this warm welcome and also to help visitors to orientate themselves on site.

Volunteer working in car park


Keeping Hughenden running and open to the public is a big job, and with limited staff we rely on our team of admin volunteers and their invaluable assistance. Whether it is taking photos for our image library, performing volunteer inductions, taking visitor phone calls, managing our social medial channels, or any of the many other ways they assist, we could not provide the service we do without them.

How else can I help?

Short-term volunteering

Perhaps you are part of a group or have a team of colleagues who would like to volunteer for the day? We have a range of short projects / conservation tasks perfect for a team-building day, email helpingout@nationaltrust.org.uk for more information.


Make a donation or a gift in your will specifically to Hughenden Manor, it could even be allocated to particular areas of our valuable work. 

Find out more at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/get-involved


Join our on-line community and share your stories, pictures and experiences of Hughenden Manor with us. Follow what we are up to on www.facebook.com/hughendenmanor and twitter.com/hughendennt for the latest events and information direct from Hughenden.

How to get started

If you are interested in volunteering please e-mail your name and contact information to helpingout@nationaltrust.org.uk

You will then be contacted and invited to an introduction session where we will explain more about the roles available and register you as a volunteer. 

Following this we will provide you with the support and training you will need to undertake your selected role.


Volunteers working on the estate