Garden restoration and maintenance
The gardens are where the restoration of Gatton began in 1996. Since then the volunteers have brought back to life the rock and water garden, the Japanese garden and The Victorian pleasure gardens. These areas are still developing and need ongoing maintenance. Garden volunteers are involved in all aspects of maintenance including planting, weeding and pruning. Opportunities are available on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Parkland Management Assistant
The majority of Gatton Parks 250 acres are made up of parkland. This is a mixture of woodlands, grasslands and lakes which is home to a diverse array of wildlife. Volunteers in the parkland help the park warden to manage these different habitats. This work involves hands on woodland and grassland management, habitat creation and surveying.
Estate Tour Guides
Gatton Park has a rich heritage that we are keen to share with as many people as possible. This opportunity provides you with the chance to develop tours around the park and gardens by using the resources of our recently developed archive. If you a have passion for history and natural flare for talking to groups, Gatton Park provides a wonderful setting for you develop your interests. Basic training in how to use the archive and deliver park and garden tours will be given.
Kitchen Garden Volunteer
Get involved in a project to restore the areas of the walled kitchen gardens. An area of kitchen garden has been reinstated by volunteers, for use mainly by the children of the RAA School. A variety of different fruits, vegetables and herbs were planted and harvested; now the Garden needs some regular maintenance work. It would be great if you have any gardening/food growing experience though this is not essential. We are happy for volunteers to come anytime during the week that fits in with your schedule. We will also be establishing an orchard to complement the small orchard that we already have. With this opportunity you have the option to either work on the gardens, in a small group, or alongside the teachers working with the children. It would be great if you have any food growing experience though this is not essential.
Can you help the Education Team?
Office Manager – Look after the office when the staff are out with school groups — Manning the phone, taking bookings, giving information on events, checking emails.
Office Assistants – Computer work, marketing, administration such as bookings, promotional mailing etc. You can have an area of responsibility or carry out whatever tasks are required that day.
Education Assistants — To assist with school groups that visit the park. Engage and involve children and their teachers or carers studying environment linked topics around the park.
Events Assistant — Helping out with the organisation, preparation and on the day of our events. Be front of house, behind the scenes, manning the refreshments or dressed up to entertain, what ever suits you.
‘Blue Peter’ Volunteers – Arts & Crafts, cutting, sticking, colouring, laminating; to prepare for children’s activities.
Fundraiser – A literate, organised person who can help with completing application forms and writing letters to sponsors.
Library & Archives – Volunteers help with collecting, photocopying, laminating etc various pieces of Gatton’s rich history and finding relevant documents as requests come in.
Weekend Education Assistants – assisting with activities for children, birthday parties, events.
Do you have a special skill valuable to Gatton eg photography, web administration, art?? If so please get in touch we would love to hear from you!
For all volunteering opportunities
For more information call or email the volunteer and community project officer
Tel: 01737 649 068