Volunteering opportunities at Glendurgan Garden
Are you looking for a new challenge in 2024? Glendurgan Garden near Falmouth re-opens to the public on Saturday 10th February 2024 and the National Trust property team are looking for new volunteers to help in a variety of interesting roles.
There is an opportunity to volunteer in the charming hamlet of Durgan at the bottom of the garden. Run by a team of over 40 enthusiastic volunteers on a rota basis, the old Fish Cellar is a place to engage with visitors who stop by for a chat, sell ice cream and have engaging conversations. This is a customer facing role, helping to tell Glendurgan and the North Helford’s story and generally welcoming anyone who chooses to visit, whether from within the garden or walking the South West Coast Path.
Another way to get involved is joining the new Apple Shed team. The Apple Shed is an area of nature engagement in the stunning orchard at Glendurgan. There is a range of volunteer led activities to help our visitors with, that are all focused on the natural world and creativity, inspired by this beautiful place. Engaging conversations will be had about the history of fruit production and beekeeping at Glendurgan. The orchard is an intimate place to get off the beaten path and immerse yourself in the flora and fauna.
Monday 26th February 10am - 12 pm and 2pm - 4pm
There will be a Volunteer Open Day on Monday 26th February at the garden where there will be the chance to meet staff and volunteers and to find out more about the exciting volunteer roles on offer. The day will be split into a morning and afternoon session.
Each session includes a guided walk around the steep garden so a medium level of fitness is required, and places will need to be booked in advance. The morning session runs from 10am – 12pm and the afternoon session from 2pm – 4pm. If you’d like to attend the Open Day, you can book a place by following the link Volunteer Open Day | National Trust
Tony Finnigan, Site Manager says, 'Glendurgan Garden really is a beautiful place to spend time and our volunteers bring the place to life for our visitors. We care for some very important places for everyone to visit and enjoy. It is always an exciting time for us when we recruit for new volunteers and meet the people that will help us to share these stories and look after our visitors. If you love meeting people, are passionate about local history or want to make some new friends, please get in touch to find out more.'
Volunteering is a rewarding experience and great way to support the National Trust, while also spending time in amazing places and making new friends. There is no minimum time expected, however roles benefit from regular involvement (e.g. one shift a week) and shifts are normally 3 hours in length. All volunteers receive an induction to their role, so they feel confident in what they’re being asked to do.
Glendurgan re-opens to the public on Saturday 10th February 2024 and will then be open from Tuesdays to Sundays, 10.30am to 5pm, last entry at 4pm.
For more information visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/glendurgan.
Volunteers chatting at Glendurgan Garden ©National Trust Images/John Millar