Volunteering opportunities at Winkworth Arboretum
From getting more exercise in the garden to meeting new people, playing a part in events or simply to practise a hobby such as taking photographs, there are plenty of reasons to become a volunteer at Winkworth Arboretum. Opportunities are available no matter how much time you can spare; discover how to get involved and what's in it for you.
Ways to volunteer at Winkworth Arboretum
There are many ways to volunteer your time at Winkworth, from helping with the conservation of the great outdoors or serving people in the café to making visitors feel welcome and inspired.
Our small team of just two full-time gardeners have a huge job to do, looking after 49 acres of historic, Grade I-listed landscape. Helping as a volunteer gardener is a great way to get out into the fresh air and make a real difference. You don't need years of experience, just enthusiasm and a fair level of fitness.
Could you help provide our visitors with a warm welcome and the information they need to make their visit memorable? Daymaker’s are integral at making this happen. From exploring the key features of the arboretum, supporting staff and much more. As ambassadors of the arboretum your friendly and helpful nature will ensure the visitors have the best experience.
Event volunteers help us in producing our full programme of events for all the family all year round. Whether its our Easter trail, children’s activities or guided walks, you’ll help create wonderful experiences that our visitors will remember. If you enjoy creative crafts, building and making things, leading activities and engaging with our visitors they why not get in touch and join our team.
Food and beverage volunteers
The Arbor Tea Room is soon to be transformed with the construction of a new cafe as part of the new visitor centre construction at Winkworth Arborteum. With thousands of visitors passing through during peak periods, the hardworking café staff always appreciate an extra hand.
Volunteering behind the scenes
If you feel more comfortable behind a keyboard than in front of a wood-chipper, you could help the friendly office team keep things running smoothly.
Our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter channels are important ways of connecting with supporters. Could you help write posts that inspire visits and engage community members?
‘Volunteering is fulfilling; I get to see special places, sometimes behind the scenes and learn about what is not in the guidebooks.’
- James Duffy, Volunteer Photographer
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.
Discover how Winkworth Arboretum came to be and find out about the man whose forward-thinking vision is responsible for the sweeping swathes of colour you see today.
Follow winding footpaths and stumble upon hidden glades and wetlands at Winkworth Arboretum. With more than 1,000 different shrubs and trees, immerse yourself in colour and nature all year.
See our plans for a new, improved visitor centre, which will include a café, shop, toilets, visitor reception and a new car park.