Volunteering at Stowe

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As a charity here to protect our special places for everyone to enjoy, we simply couldn’t do it without the aid of thousands of volunteers. From keeping our properties alive with intriguing stories to being at the forefront of conservation, volunteers are the heartbeat of the National Trust.

A view across a lake with bright sky reflections of clouds in the water to golden style temples at Stowe

Play your part day and Volunteers' Week

Go behind closed doors to discover the real daily secrets of the National Trust at Stowe on Friday 1 June to see how the world famous gardens are cared for by volunteers and have a go at different activities to try your hand at helping out.

Lending a hand

If you’ve got some spare time to lend a hand and would like to learn something new or share in a passion you have, then we’d love to hear from you. There’s a variety of positions available for volunteers, or tell us what interests you most. 

" At the Stowe and Aylesbury Portfolio in 2017, 401 volunteers worked in 49 roles, donating 35,000 hours. We simply couldn't achieve what we do without their contribution. Join the team and help us look after your local special place."

Getting stuck in

If you love the great outdoors and keeping active, we’ve got some new roles perfect for you. We’re looking for green fingered gardeners to help on Thursdays in the newly restored Labyrinth.

As well as the 750 acres of parkland and 250 acres of gardens that we look after, our gardens and park department also care for over 40 temples and monuments. Get closer to history by helping our buildings maintenenace team on Wednedays care for these monumental structures.

Chat makes the world a better place

We’re also on the lookout for people who love to chat! We love welcoming our visitors and need help in our passionate team who ensure people get the best visitor experience when they arrive at the New Inn visitor centre. 

It's all about making somebody's day extra special
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It's all about making somebody's day extra special

Flying the flag for our charity

Within the visitor centre we love to tell the story of Stowe and engage our supporters in our restoration and community work. Become a Fundraising Volunteer to help us raise income by selling raffle tickets and championing our cause or if you're used to being out in the community at various groups you may like the sound of our Community Link role.

Acting as a brand ambassador, you'll be helping to welcome local visitors to Stowe for tea parties as part of the parliament EqualiTeas initiative, going out to visit local groups and supporting our colleagues at events in local town centres to spread the message of our work. If this sounds like the role for you, we'd love to hear from you. 

A group of ten adults are in wellies stuck in boggy mud. They're mucky from a day of volunteering the gardens at Stowe.

Corporate volunteering

If you have a workforce of employees and wish to support a charity, Stowe is a great place to choose. We have a dedicated programme of activities for groups to participate in, whilst helping our gardening team achieve projects with mass help. What will take our team of four gardeners months to complete, will in comparison take one day for a group of 20 or more volunteers to achieve.

Corporate volunteering also brings benefits to your company from developing social responsibility within the community to providing activities that give employee welfare, development and team building opportunities. We do not charge for this and ask only for you to cover travel expenses and the cost of additional equipment tools via a donation.

Visitors enjoying the Grecian Valley at Stowe Gardens

Supporter groups in Thames Valley 

There are loads of friendly National Trust supporter groups in the Thames Valley. They help support our places like Stowe, Hughenden and Greys Court by volunteering and fundraising. They also get together for fun days out, holidays and lectures.