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Volunteering at Ham House and Garden

Propagation volunteer watering seedlings in the polytunnel at Ham House and Garden, London
A volunteer watering seedlings at Ham House | © National Trust Images/Chris Davies

From gaining horticultural experience in the garden to sharing the history of Ham and welcoming visitors, there's something for everyone. Discover how to volunteer at Ham House and Garden and what you can gain from the experience. Opportunities are available no matter how much or little time you can spare.

Become part of a great team

We’re always on the lookout for new members to join the team here at Ham House and Garden. Have you got a hidden talent to share? Maybe you’re looking for a new challenge?

Visitors appreciate the personal touch our volunteers bring to their day, and we greatly appreciate the support volunteers give. A range of opportunities are available and we welcome enquiries from people of all ages and backgrounds.

To make sure you feel welcome and confident in your role, we provide a full induction programme and training. Enjoy being part of the Ham House and Garden team of staff and volunteers with a varied programme of social activities, including trips, social get-togethers, and lectures.

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.

Get in touch about volunteering at Ham House and Garden

Volunteering can be an extremely rewarding experience and if you have questions about how you can get involved or what it entails, please contact the team on 020 8439 8245 or email via

To view current opportunities, search 'Ham House' on our volunteering website, linked below.

Thank you

Thank you to all our volunteers who give their time to support the National Trust in many different roles.

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