What's it like to volunteer as a carpenter at Scotney Castle?

Volunteering is a wonderful opportunity to go behind the scenes at Scotney Castle and put your skills to good use. Meet one of our volunteers, Steve, and hear what he has to say about the time he spends volunteering as a carpenter.

How long have you been at Scotney Castle?

I received my 15 year award at the end of last year.

What does your volunteering role entail? 

Making things out of wood! Mainly we make outside furniture for National Trust properties in the South East. We’ve made benches, tables, picnic benches, gates, kissing gates and styles.

Why did you want to start volunteering for the National Trust?

I was retired and wanted to do something active outside. I started on the estate for 3 years mending fences and gates and clearing scrub. This led to working closely with the carpenters and I then decided to transfer indoors as it's warmer!  

Do you have a favourite piece you've worked on? 

We made a boat for Batemans which was an 8ft dingy replication of one Kipling had in the 1930s. It was quite a challenge!

On average, how long does it take to complete a piece of work?

It depends on the work, the current benches we’re working on take 2-3 weeks with the team working on them 2 days a week.

What work have you got lined up for the year so far?

We’ve got seats for Chartwell and Sissinghurst lined up and we’re also going to be building a staircase for the boathouse at Sissinghurst.

Where's your favourite place on the estate?

The beech tree avenue near Kilndown. It’s a lovely space to enjoy the sunshine.

What do you like to do in your spare time? 

I have a classic car so enjoy driving that and also bird watching and looking for wild flowers.

If this role sounds of interest to you, please get in touch. We'd love to invite you in to have a look round and meet the team. 

A volunteer carpenter at work in the workshop cutting wood on a band saw

Carpenter volunteer

As a carpenter volunteer, you'll have a vital role to play in helping to preserve, maintain and conserve Scotney Castle. Whether it's making benches to sell in the shop or outdoor furniture for other local properties, you'll utilise your skills in our workshop. This enhances the visitors experience and enjoyment during their stay, as well as helping to generate revenue towards our conservation projects. Please call to discuss this role further - 01892 893859