Volunteering at Scotney Castle

Garden volunteers walking through the garden at Scotney Castle, Kent

Volunteering with the National Trust is an exciting and sociable way to try new things, get outdoors and lend a hand to a great cause.

Volunteering is a great opportunity to go behind the scenes of a unique property. Whatever your interests, we will have an opportunity for you. From room guiding to gardening, our flexibility suits all ages and abilities and we pride ourselves on being a friendly community. If you're looking for incredible experiences, we'd love you to get involved.

Whether you wish to learn something new or share your existing skills and knowledge with others, we will support your journey and look at ways to enhance your volunteering experience.

We couldn’t maintain Scotney without the help of our volunteers, so joining our team is an excellent way to further support the National Trust’s cause and allow you to give back to the local area.

Our volunteers enjoy a warm community, meeting with like-minded people and making new friendships.

Volunteering in the National Trust shop
Volunteering in the National Trust shop
Volunteering in the National Trust shop

Volunteer Card

After 50 hours of volunteering each year, volunteers are rewarded with a National Trust volunteer card. This gives you free admission to properties managed by the Trust or the National Trust for Scotland (except those where there is a charge to all members). If you are already a member, the volunteer card will provide you with free access for one accompanying guest. The volunteer card will also provide you with a 20% discount in all National Trust shops, restaurants and tea-rooms.

Scotney Insights

Our Scotney Insights programme offers a range of talks and tours on a variety of topics, available exclusively to volunteers.

Seasonal events

A great opportunity to get together! We host a summer picnic overlooking the beautiful mansion house for all volunteers and staff to celebrate the year so far, and hopefully enjoy some sunshine! At Christmas our volunteers gather for carols by the fire, with mulled wine and something warm to eat. We use both events as an opportunity to celebrate long service, awarding certificates and badges for every five years of voluntary service spent with the National Trust.