Helping in Knole's garden

The wisteria at Knole

Do you have an interest in plants? Do you enjoy being part of a small team working in the great outdoors? There are lots of different ways you can help in the garden at Knole. The garden is a private space for Lord Sackville and his family, except on Tuesdays when it is open to the public.

The day begins with one or two people getting everything ready for the day, spending a privileged hour in the silence of the garden before visitors arrive.  Then, at 11am, the Orangery doors are opened and the volunteer team is on-hand to give out maps, offer directions and answer our visitors' questions.

During the day, some volunteers lead walks around the garden and the wilderness area, explaining the history and pointing out plants and other sights. Others simply walk around the garden in pairs to greet visitors and answer their questions.  This is a very social way to volunteer, with ample chances to talk to visitors and other volunteers throughout the day.

The garden closes and most of the volunteers leave at 4pm. All that's left is to take down the boundary rope and close the garden, leaving it to the family for another week.

Garden guides after a busy day of being friendly and drinking tea
Volunteers in the garden at Knole, Kent.

“I enjoy volunteering in the garden whatever the weather.  It is good to be out in the fresh air and to see the house from a perspective not available from any other place.  Plus there are plenty of people to talk to in the garden,” says garden and house guide, Olga.

“I have been volunteering in the garden for about 10 years and I love it. I especially like the changing scenes – bluebells in the woodland, the wisteria flowering, and the wild orchids. The garden at Knole is an ever-changing landscape set in wonderful parkland,” says garden guide and learning volunteer, Val.


For more information, email our volunteering team, or call us on 01732 467162.