Volunteer Tour Guides – about the opportunity

Bring history to life by becoming a Volunteer Tour Guide. Working as part of a small team, the Volunteer Tour Guide will enhance the visitor experience by offering guided tours of the Garden to pre-booked groups.  An historical resource pack will be available as well as a tour guide training session, and you will be fully supported by our existing tour guides and staff team.

What’s involved

• It is crucial that you are interested in history and horticulture and have time to thoroughly absorb the historical information and deliver it in an engaging way to our visitors.
• Possess excellent interpersonal skills and be adept at bringing history to life.
• Be confident communicating with a diverse range of visitors.
• Have good time keeping.

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 presentation skills
• Enjoying new experiences
• Sharing knowledge with our visitors

What are we looking for?

This role will suit people who… have a passion for horticulture and/or history, and who have an enthusiastic and friendly nature with a talent for communicating. A customer facing background would be helpful, but is not a requirement. Good time keeping is key as tours may be organised consecutively. The role is ideally suited to those who would like their volunteering experience to be varied and flexible.

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 on guided tours by another volunteer or member of staff.
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

Tel: 01444 450326  Email: manager@bordehill.co.uk


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