The purpose of the role is to work alongside the Gardening team, Estate Ranger and other volunteers in undertaking day to day maintenance of the gardens and ornamental policies. Our Gardening team and Ranger work in the public realm at Abbotsford, and play a part in presenting the public face of Abbotsford.
Volunteers will work with hand tools on a variety of tasks within a day or half day as suits their skills and aptitude. Much of the work involves sustained physical activity combined with an eye for detail and finish. Tasks might include:
Harvesting fruit, vegetables and flowers;
Construction of garden structures;
Division and propagation of plants and planting;
Watering and feeding plants, trees and shrubs;
Hand weeding, hoeing, staking, deadheading, tying-in plants and cutting back;
Maintaining lawns and hedges;
Maintaining good access e.g. paths maintenance, signposting;
Digging over, mulching and manuring borders;
Interacting with and helping visitors to orientate themselves around the garden and estate;
Maintaining boundaries, drainage, windblow and removing invasive species;
Maintaining play trail (e.g. checking for health & safety, raking bark, cleaning apparatus etc.);
Biodiversity surveys and logging of data;
Assisting with events and activities. There may also be the opportunity of project based work involving a week long commitment, evening work e.g. wildlife surveys, specific restoration work, development of features on the estate.