Volunteer Gardener – about the opportunity

Working as part of a small friendly team, the Volunteer Gardener will enhance the appearance of specific areas of the garden.

What’s involved

• You are happy to undertake tasks such as weeding, pruning, clipping, sweeping, planting etc.
• You don’t mind getting your hands dirty
• You enjoy the great outdoors – whatever the weather!
• You are confident communicating with visitors and answering any questions they may have.

Why you might like this role

• Be part of a small team of friendly and dedicated team
• Meeting like-minded people from all walks of life and making new friends
• Developing your horticultural skills
• Enjoying new experiences
• Sharing knowledge with our visitors

What are we looking for?

This role will suit people who… enjoy working with people, have a passion for horticulture and an enthusiastic and friendly nature. The role can be physically demanding so you need to be reasonably fit and willing to work outdoors in all weathers.

Practical Considerations

Time commitment for this volunteering role is flexible, but would ideally suit someone living near to Haywards Heath.
You will always be accompanied another Garden volunteer or member of the Garden team.
You will be eligible for a free family season ticket to the Garden.
You will receive a 20% discount in our shop and plant nursery.
A full welcome pack will be provided to begin the induction process.

About Borde Hill Garden

The Garden, a registered charity and listed Grade II* by English Heritage, is set in 200 acres of parkland in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with stunning vistas across the Ouse Valley viaduct.  The 17 acre Garden is renowned for its rare shrubs and trees and has 78 champion trees.  It is laid out as intimate garden ‘rooms’, including the Rhododendron, Rose and Italian gardens.

Colonel Stephenson Robert Clarke (1862-1948), heir to the Stephenson Clarke shipping firm, bought Borde Hill house with the intention of creating a great garden. The Colonel began collecting soon after he acquired Borde Hill and his particular interest was woody plants, and his ambition was to collect the widest range of such plants that would grow in this part of Sussex. He sponsored many plant collector expeditions including those of Ernest Wilson, George Forrest, Reginald Farrer and Frank Kingdon Ward. Harold Hillier, the great nurseryman, considered that the Colonel was the ‘greatest amateur all-rounder of the gardening world of the twentieth century’.

Apply or find out more

Contact: Harry Baldwin, Head of Horticulture
Tel: 01444 450326  Email: headgardener@bordehill.co.uk


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