Volunteer opportunity: Gardener

About this opportunity

Support the work of the gardens team in maintaining the world class Grade 2* listed gardens for everyone to enjoy.

Dartington Gardens is open as a place for anyone to come to, relax in, and be inspired by. We welcome over one million visitors per year and every effort goes into maintaining a high standard of presentation throughout.

Your contribution to the gardens will be greatly appreciated; in return you will hopefully broaden your knowledge of horticulture, learn new skills and feel part of the Dartington team.

Time: Most volunteers offer a day a week Monday-Friday, starting at approximately 10am and finishing around 4.00pm. The gardens are open all year round.


  1. Edging lawns
  2. Tending herbaceous borders
  3. Pruning
  4. Leaf clearing
  5. Planting
  6. Propagation

What are we looking for?

– An interest in gardening

– Willingness to learn with a hands-on approach

– Team player and good sense of humour

– Flexible and reliable

– Reasonable fitness levels – you’ll be on your feet and garden tasks involve lots of bending and stretching


Practical Considerations

Materials required: Clothing you don’t mind getting dirty, waterproofs, steel cap toe boots. When carrying out certain tasks you will be provided with personal protective equipment if required.

Health & safety requirements: Must sign to say you have read and understood all health and safety and risk assessment policies and procedures.

Transport: Drivers will be provided with a parking permit whilst volunteering and if using public transport then Dartington is on the Country Bus route.

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