Volunteer at Lodge Park and Sheborne Park Estate
Volunteering at Lodge Park or on the Estate is a great way to use your skills, perhaps learn some new ones, meet new people and be part of a friendly team.
Lodge Park just couldn’t open without the brilliant team of volunteers. In 2019 the opening hours will be extended to four days per week, and every day in August, so it's an exciting time to begin volunteering here.
There are many reasons for volunteering with the National Trust such as meeting new people, improving your CV, indulging your passion for heritage and helping educate visitors about special places.
Margaret has been volunteering at Lodge Park for two years:
‘When I retired I wanted to meet new people, away from my old career, and as I had a love of history, the National Trust seemed a good place to investigate.’
Her favourite part of volunteering is ‘talking to some really interesting people, and learning something new on nearly every visit’.
Why Lodge Park?
Lodge Park is a unique and special place, not only because it is England’s only surviving 17th century grandstand, but because of the work the National Trust is doing to restore the Bridgeman landscape, almost 300 years after Sir John Dutton’s will asked for the landscape to be completed. It’s an exciting time to be here.
Mike has been volunteering at Lodge Park for 14 years:
‘I chose Lodge Park because it offers greater flexibility in the hours that you can work. Also a smaller property is not as hectic as some of the larger ones, and you are able to relax more and have chance to talk to the visitors.’
‘If you are thinking of taking up volunteering at Lodge Park come and try it for a time or two, as a taster, and see if it suits you.’
What can I do?
Visitor experience volunteer: welcome visitors to Lodge Park, learn about and share the history of the Sherborne Estate and the Dutton family and help in our café and shop.
Outdoor guide: lead tours around the Bridgeman Landscape, telling visitors about the history of the landscape and our plans to restore it. You could also be an outdoor guide on the Sherborne Park Estate, or volunteer with out ranger team.
Lodge Park will be open from 11am to 4pm every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 1st March to the end of October and in August we will be open seven days a week.
Please click one (or more) of the roles below and we'll be in touch. You can also come along to our volunteer open morning on Saturday 16 February.