What's it like to volunteer on the estate at Scotney Castle?

Volunteering is a wonderful opportunity to go behind the scenes at Scotney Castle and help around the estate. Meet one of our volunteers, Judith, and hear what she has to say about her time here as an estate volunteer.

How long have you been at Scotney Castle?

I have been a volunteer at Scotney for just over 6 years now

What does your volunteering role entail? 

We take visitors on estate walks, and then talk about the areas they’re interested in, so that can be the history of the estate, nature, wildlife, how the environment is managed or anything else that comes up! Each walk is unique.

Do you have a favourite time of year to run the Estate Walks?

All the time! Each season has its own highlights and points of interest. Last autumn brought gorgeous colours out, particularly in Colliers Wood. Early spring is always enjoyable with the new lambs and wildflowers out.

The beauty of a reclaimed meadow
Wild flowers in a reclaimed meadow at Dunstable Downs Beds
The beauty of a reclaimed meadow

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

When I stopped working I thought about what I really wanted to do with my time, and as I love being outdoors, I looked up to see what opportunities I could find at my local properties. The estate guide role was just being set up then, and it sounded perfect as it also allowed me to keep learning about new aspects of the environment.

Where’s your favourite place on the Estate? 

Colliers Wood. It’s so tranquil and there’s something so special about being surrounded by all the trees. There’s also such a lot of wildlife there, last week we saw lots of dragonflies around the pond.

The beautiful blue of a Southern Migrant Hawker dragonfly
A beautiful blue Southern Migrant Hawker dragonfly sitting on a reed
The beautiful blue of a Southern Migrant Hawker dragonfly

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.