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Volunteer opportunities at Cragside

A garden volunteer working in the flower borders at Mottistone Gardens, Isle of Wight.
A garden volunteer pruning flowers | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

Whether you have years of experience in your green fingers or you’re a novice wanting to learn new skills, you’re welcome to join the gardening or ranger teams as a volunteer at Cragside. Discover what’s involved and how you can apply to be part of the 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.

Ways to volunteer at Cragside

Gardening volunteers

Like the sound of spending your day in a Victorian formal garden, Pinetum or one of Europe’s largest rock gardens? Becoming a gardening volunteer at Cragside just might be for you.

As part of a close-knit, friendly team, you'll be expected to undertake various practical roles to keep the garden looking its best. This might involve the meditative work of weeding, chatting to visitors and helping with grass cutting. There’s something for everyone to enjoy.

'No two days can be the same here in the gardens, from the variation in the seasons and weather to all the different tasks and challenges we face, as you never can quite tell when Mother Nature will send you a curveball.'

– George, Senior Gardener

Countryside and recreation volunteers

Countryside and recreation volunteers work closely with the ranger team and help them to look after the outdoors areas at Cragside. With dramatic scenery as your office, you’ll work in all weathers ensuring the estate is looking tip top for its 250,000 visitors each year.

Jobs could include painting signs, clearing footpaths of invasive species, putting up fencing and maintaining wildflower meadows.

Get in touch about volunteering at Cragside

If you want to take a step back from everyday life to be in the outdoors and experience everything nature has to offer, we'd love to hear from you.

Find out more about volunteering on the National Trust volunteering website and search ‘Cragside’ to find opportunities and apply.

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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