We are not recruiting to this role at present, but please email volunteer.programme@nottinghamcity.gov.uk to be added to the waiting list.


We are not recruiting to this role at present – please email volunteer.programme@nottinghamcity.gov.uk to be added to the waiting list.


Help with the upkeep and development of our 38 acres of gardens.

Main activities

You will receive training, guidance and ongoing support in your role in order to be able to support with tasks such as:

  • Basic horticultural maintenance; such as planting, pruning, weeding, edging, caring for borders, etc.
  • Some aspects of general park and garden maintenance (no machinery used); such as clearing overgrown areas, general tidying, litter clearing, wildlife conservation, grounds maintenance.
  • Being a friendly face for visitors and answering any questions they may have.
  • Being around on special open days to talk to visitors about the gardens. Possibility of delivering garden tours in the future.

Skills and experience

  • A pleasant and helpful manner and willingness to learn.
  • Any interest in gardening and/or parks maintenance.
  • Ability to work in a team and take guidance from staff.
  • Physical fitness to do practical outside tasks with minimal supervision.
  • You need to be at least 18 to apply for this role.


Currently weekdays between 9am and 3.30pm. There will be opportunity to help on weekends soon. Generally, we expect volunteers to commit to at least one shift per month on an ongoing basis.

Benefits of volunteering with us

  • There are many benefits to volunteering outdoors. It can help you to stay healthy, increase your confidence, be social and provide vital skills to help you into or back into employment if you wish.
  • Build your experience of working in museums, heritage and visitor engagement.
  • Free tea and coffee while on site and 10% discount in the shops and café.
  • Free parking.
  • Meet new people and having opportunities to socialise with fellow volunteers at events – you will be a part of a team of over 40 volunteers of all ages and backgrounds.

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