Voluntary Opportunities: Horticulture

garden tools, spade and fork, lying in long grass (image: Dylan Nolte on unsplash)

Horticulture vacancies: gardening and plant health vacancies.

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Please remember to contact only the organisation or person mentioned in the ASK section and please mention that you saw the advert with CJS.    
Explanation of the headings here.

JOB: Community Gardening Volunteer
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
LOC: Belfast
PAY: Training, expenses, fresh veg!
FOR: Groundwork Northern Ireland

Groundwork NI welcomes volunteers to help us manage and maintain our beautiful gardens in the heart of the community. We have community gardens in North, East and South Belfast all with capacity for more volunteers. By volunteering in the garden you’ll have access to a horticulture specialist who can help you learn more about sowing, growing and planting in a fun and friendly environment. We provide full training to all our volunteers so whether you’re a gardening guru or growing novice there is always something to do and learn and there is a real reward for your time as you see the garden blossom throughout the year. Minimum 2 hours per week/fortnight. For further information about our volunteering opportunities contact:

JOB: District Volunteer
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
LOC: Opportunities across Scotland
PAY: Training, garden visits
FOR: Scotland's Gardens Scheme

Our District Volunteers help our District Organisers and Garden Openers to open private gardens to the public for charity. This is a varied role that includes helping at gardens with admissions, teas, signage and car parking on the day of the opening, as well as publicity beforehand. It's a great opportunity to support different charities, build new relationships, develop your gardening knowledge and visit beautiful gardens. We offer training and support, regional meetings and the opportunity to attend our National Conference. 2-4 hpw. Please contact Julie Golding. 0131 226 3714

JOB: Garden Volunteer
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
LOC: Totnes, South Devon
PAY: Expenses paid and lunch provided
FOR: The Sharpham Trust

If you want to learn more about gardening, tree-care and horticulture, you might like to join our team of garden volunteers. You can stay all or half a day, joining in all kinds of active, hands-on tasks to be done in our 18th century walled kitchen garden, our formal gardens (designed by Percy Cane) or our sublime woodland gardens.  You don’t need experience - our gardener Bryony Middleton will give guidance each week. Plus you’ll enjoy a warm lunch with the Sharpham team. Contact Lucy Bell on 01803 731802 or email to find out more information

JOB: Roadside Nature Reserve Wardens
BE4: N / A
LOC: Roadside Verges, Kent
PAY: 0
FOR: Kent Wildlife Trust

We're looking for volunteers to join our Roadside Nature Reserves Team across the county. Our volunteers help us on task days, and keep an eye on our roadside verges throughout the year. Fortnightly commitment. Roadside Nature Reserves can link existing wildlife areas, helping to reconnect and restore landscape so that wildlife is no longer struggling to survive in isolation. This supports a living landscape, which benefits both people and wildlife and makes nature more resilient to future change. They provide vital wildlife corridors for many species, particularly reptiles such as slow-worms and viviparous lizards, and mammals such as badgers.  Our Roadside Nature Reserve Volunteers help us by participating in task days, carrying out essential work on the verges and roadside alongside our staff team.  Volunteers can join us for a full or part day, and you don't need any previous experience in conservation work, so long as you are enthusiastic and willing to learn. More information:

JOB: Roadside Wardens
BE4: N / A
LOC: Kent
FOR: Kent Wildlife Trust

We're looking for Volunteer Roadside Wardens who can help us to keep an eye on the roadside verges and roads close to their homes.  We're currently looking for volunteers in the Dover, Swale and Medway areas, as well as some other areas across Kent (please see the application form for more information). This is a flexible role, and monitoring can be carried out at your convenience during daylight hours.  We'll need you to monitor the verges on at least a monthly basis.  You will be provided with full and on-going training and you will be provided with a point of contact to report any issues or concerns. More information:

JOB: Conservation Volunteer
BE4: N / A
LOC: Cumbernauld
PAY: Training and PPE budget
FOR: Cumbernauld Living Landscape

Would you like to: develop your skills, improve green spaces and enhance your fitness?  Join our volunteering groups today!  Our groups are active every Tuesday and Wednesday running from 10 - 3. We have a range of activities coming up to improve green spaces for biodiversity in Cumbernauld: tree planting, fence building, hedge creation, polytunnel construction, meadow sowing and much more. We work throughout Cumbernauld.  You can meet us on site or we could pick you up from a pre-arranged meeting spot in our minivan. Our groups are open to all and no prior experience is necessary.  Time commitment 5 hpw. While volunteering with us we offer access to free training courses and kit budget for essential PPE.   Spaces are going fast, so if you would like to know more and register with our group then please contact David at : 07483 050744 or

JOB: Wildlife Gardening Volunteers
BE4: N / A
LOC: Sandwell Valley, Birmingham

If you enjoy wildlife gardening, spending more time outdoors and working in a small team then this is the role for you. The Wildlife Gardeners will look after and develop our wildlife friendly gardens around the visitor centre. These include flowerbeds, herb beds, wildflower meadow, lawns and wildlife homes. We are looking for an experienced gardener to join the enthusiastic team. 2 days per month. Thursdays, 10am-1pm. Contact

JOB: Volunteer Gardeners
BE4: N / A
LOC: Cragside, Northumberland, NE65
FOR: National Trust

If you love gardens as much as we do then you’ll know they need a lot of care & attention. Volunteer Gardeners do practical work to help keep Cragside in peak condition & looking eye catching. What's involved? Helping the gardens team with everyday practical tasks to keep the garden looking at its best; looking after garden machinery & equipment; being a friendly face for visitors & answering any questions; helping with projects like new planting or clearing overgrown areas. This role will suit you if you are: keen to work in a team; happy to work outside in all weathers; interested in gardening & have a bit of exp; available at least once a fortnight. Any day to suit you, our core volunteer days are Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays, we can offer weekends too. Apply online at & search Cragside or call 01669 620333.

JOB: WWOOFing opportunity
BE4: 01/03/2020
LOC: Cheshire
PAY: Accommodation
FOR: Mere Brow Farm

Mere Brow are delighted to announce that we are now signed up as WWOOF Hosts. WWOOF stands for WorldWide Opportunities on Organic Farms. A worldwide movement linking visitors with organic farmers to promote cultural and educational experiences based on trust and non-monetary exchange thereby helping to build a sustainable community. We have a new purpose built bunkhouse that sleeps 6 dormitory style, with separate bathroom and kitchen/diner/lounge area. Most importantly it is toasty warm in the winter months! Availability: 8/9/19 – 27/10/19 (sharing with a WWOOFer) & from 9/2/20 onwards. 5 days per week. We will consider families. Previous experience of WWOOFing or volunteering is preferable. We are an organic farm and undertake all our work to permaculture principles. You will need to request a placement through our membership ID is #1004105 so you can find us on the Find a Host page. For any other questions you can contact us on

JOB: Gardener / Groundsperson
BE4: 01-04-2020
IV: --
LOC: Eskdale Mill, Boot, Cumbria, CA19 1TG
PAY: Training, travel expenses & equipment provided
FOR: Eskdale Mill & Heritage Trust

1 day per week. Tasks to be undertaken: general wildlife-friendly gardening incl weeding, pruning, cutting, planting; establishing, maintaining & caring for garden beds, paths & woodland grounds; grass/branch cutback around complex; clearance of cut overgrown & invasive vegetation & maintaining recycling; keeping pathways clear; outdoor activities that ensure a safe & well-presented grounds along with responsive tasks as they arise, such as path repairs, boundary issues, access infrastructure & habitat management. Training: traditional gardening; rel maintenance techniques; lifting & handling; tools maintenance; 1st aid, safe use of power tools, rel techniques used, traditional rural skills. Requirements; willingness to work in a team; working outdoors; good communication skills; adaptable to different tasks; independent thinking & willingness to learn new skills. Contact Kate Hughes, 01946723335.