Volunteering at Glendurgan Garden
Volunteers are the true fabric of the National Trust and the ever-growing volunteer team at Glendurgan play a huge part in caring for this special place and helping to tell its story. Find out all you need to know about getting involved yourself, from the roles available to how to apply.
How you can get involved at Glendurgan
There are various roles at Glendurgan including those listed below, however this list isn’t exhaustive, so if you’re interested in volunteering in another capacity, please get in touch.
Fish cellar and events
The fish cellar in Durgan village is run by a team of over 30 enthusiastic volunteers on a rota basis, engaging with visitors who stop by for a chat and selling ice cream.
This is a customer-facing role, helping tell Glendurgan’s and the North Helford’s story and generally welcoming anyone who chooses to visit.
Delivering children's activities
Fish cellar volunteers help deliver activities include storytelling, the annual Easter offer, assisting children in making bird feeders and bug hotels, and supervising a seed planting activity for families to take home.
There are all kinds of activities and workshops taking place for families and children throughout the year and we’d like to offer more, however we need extra pairs of hands putting these together and delivering them.
If you enjoy maintaining your own garden or are green fingered, there’s 35 acres of garden always needing to be tended to at Glendurgan.
Although busy and physical work, the role is based in the beautiful 180-year-old Quaker garden, working alongside the wider garden team.
Why join us?
There are lots of reasons to join us; making the move to volunteer could be the best decision you ever make.
- Become part of a friendly and dedicated team
- Meet people from all walks of life and forge new friendships
- Utilise your existing skills and learn new ones
- Strengthen your CV and help to develop your career
- Enjoy the great outdoors
- Learn about the history of this special place.
Thank you to all our volunteers who give their time to support the National Trust in many different roles.
Our volunteers make our work to look after nature and history for future generations possible. Learn more about the volunteering opportunities available and hear a selection of their stories to find out what it's like to volunteer with us.
Our supporter groups are a great way of getting involved with your local place. Find out more about how you can join in.
These frequently asked questions should give you all you need to know about who can volunteer, what it involves and how to apply.
Family fun has been at centre of Glendurgan since the 1820s when it was created by the Fox family, who developed an exotic garden and a mighty hedge maze for their 12 children to explore.
'Autumn is a time at Glendurgan that I feel is really beginning to improve – either that or I am noticing it more as time goes on… It has not historically been our most extravagant of seasons but we do display a great range of autumn colour around the garden' - Assistant Head Gardener, Tom Cutter
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