Volunteering at Woolbeding Gardens

Gardener working at Woolbeding Gardens

Do you want to be part of the dedicated team that looks after Woolbeding Gardens? From getting more exercise in the garden to learning something new, there are plenty of reasons to volunteer with us.

Volunteer with us

Woolbeding Gardens prides itself on a stunning and beautifully maintained contemporary garden with a friendly welcome for all our visitors. Our small group of staff relies on a committed team of volunteers to help them achieve this. In return volunteers get to be part of a warm and enthusiastic group of people, learn new skills as well as share existing ones.

Some of our roles

Volunteering roles include General Gardeners, Visitor Welcome, Garden Hosts and Minibus Drivers. We advertise opportunities on the National Trust website. Click here and enter our postcode, GU29 9RR to see what roles are currently available.

General Gardeners

Our garden volunteers are a physically active team who work one day a week from 10am to 4pm all year round (even when the gardens are closed to visitors) and in all weathers.

Gardening tasks range from weeding to planting and clearing overgrown areas, all under the supervision of a member of staff. Volunteers are split into teams and, although you will at times work in all areas of the garden, you will be dedicated to one of three specific areas: the formal walled gardens, the lake and landscape gardens, or the new Silk Route garden.

If you enjoy gardening and like the idea of working behind the scenes, one of our general gardener roles might be what you are looking for.

Visitor Welcome

Visitor Welcome volunteers help make our visitor experience personable and memorable. The team meet and greet visitors catching the minibus from Midhurst, provide a warm welcome, give directions, process admissions on a till system, and act as a vital point of contact for information throughout the day for visitors. They are a talented multi-tasking group. If you have a friendly personality and enjoy helping people to have a good day, this could be the role for you.

Garden Hosts

If you enjoy bringing history to life and talking to people you might be interested in becoming a Garden Host on our open days. You will provide a 10 minute introductory talk that gives visitors an insight into the history of the gardens.

MPV Drivers

As there is no car park at the gardens, we run a courtesy 7-seater MPV that collects and returns visitors from nearby Midhurst. If you enjoy driving and fancy being the first point of contact for our visitors, a role as a volunteer driver could be for you.

Contact us

Volunteering can be an extremely rewarding experience. If you have questions about how you can get involved or what it entails, feel free to email woolbedinggardens@nationaltrust.org.uk.