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Volunteering at Goddards

Woman with tools and wheelbarrow gardening in among a flower border with a large house behind
The team work hard to keep the garden at its blooming best | © National Trust Images / James Beck

Volunteers are crucial to keeping the garden beautiful and sharing the past stories of the place and people who once made a home at Goddards.

Volunteer roles

We are not currently recruiting for volunteers at Goddards. Here are some of the ways volunteers support the work at Goddards.

Garden volunteer

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 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
Volunteers help with sowing to harvest, and everything in-between | © National Trust Images / John Miller

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.

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

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

A group of people listening to a volunteer as they lead a guided tour around the house of Mompesson House, Salisbury, Wiltshire

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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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