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Volunteering at Goddards

A gardener uses a watering can to dampen down the floor of a bright greenhouse; there are tall tomato plants and several potted plants surrounding him
A gardener at work in the greenhouse at Goddards | © National Trust Images / John Miller

Get involved at Goddards either by volunteering in the gardens or sharing stories of the history of the place and the family. Find out more about how you can do each.

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.

Volunteering in the garden

Our team of dedicated gardeners are responsible for the maintenance and development of the formal and informal gardens at Goddards.

Their role customarily involves traditional gardening activities such as planting new trees and flowers, pruning seasonal borders, weeding, mowing the lawn and collecting leaves.

It's a never-ending task to care for the gardens here, and volunteers are crucial to helping with the important ongoing work.

A close up image of a pair of hands gently pricking out seedlings in a seed tray
Caring for plants is one way to volunteer with us | © National Trust Images/Chris Davies

Outdoor visitor engagement volunteer

Share stories of the Terry family and their life growing up at Goddards, alongside the history of the Terry company and it's place in York's chocolate heritage. This crucial role helps supporters to understand the place their visiting as they explore the gardens and can be as simple as a short two minute chat or longer story depending on a visitors interest.

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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Whether you're looking to help in the great outdoors, work with the public or get up close and personal with the houses, take a look at what's happening near you.

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