Gardening Volunteer

Discipline: Central Services
Job type: Volunteer
Job ref: 001382
Published: 2 months ago

The Garden volunteer will work under the supervision and direction of the Lead Gardener undertaking a variety of tasks, including:


  •        Liaise with House Managers on planting schemes, taking into account the wishes of the residents, and ensuring that the gardens are a fully immersive and sensory experience.

  •        Providing advice on the suitability of planting schemes and suggest suitable alternatives if needed.

  •        Division and propagation of plants and planting

  •        Watering and feeding plants, trees and shrubs

  •        Hand weeding, hoeing, raking, staking, deadheading, tying-in plants and cutting back the flower and shrub borders and hedging

  •        Digging over, mulching and manuring borders

  •       `Maintaining good access e.g. paths maintenance

  •        Liaising with managers on ongoing requirements for each garden

  •        Ability to work independently

What you will gain by Volunteering:

  •        A sense of satisfaction and belonging, knowing you are helping the young people and families of the Charity to enjoy the outdoors and have safe spaces to socialise or spend time in quiet contemplation
  •        Enjoyment of meeting a variety of new people
  •        Opportunity for others to learn and benefit from your skills and experiences

Time Commitment:


For this role, we ask that volunteers should be prepared to make a regular commitment, allowing for flexible working to suit personal availability, but taking into account the seasonal requirements of a garden.


Training and Support:


Volunteers will be given an induction and are required to attend an initial mandatory training session that includes Safeguarding, Fire Safety, Manual Handling; and any other occasional training/ information sessions deemed necessary.


Volunteers must also be prepared to undertake regular updating of mandatory training as and when required. There may be opportunities for some volunteers to benefit from extra training to enable them to carry out a higher level role with our YP following completion of a probationary period.

You will find all our staff and volunteers very friendly and approachable, and grateful for any assistance you can give.


Other Information:


All volunteering opportunities at Chailey Heritage Foundation will require an enhanced disclosure check by the DBS – this does not mean that you cannot volunteer for us if you have a previous conviction.  Chailey Heritage Foundation conforms to all aspects of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.


Volunteers are required to abide by all policies and procedures within Chailey Heritage Foundation at all times.