Falkland Palace and Garden welcomes over 44,000 visitors every year and there’s something here for everyone, from the Palace with a working Chapel Royal, apartments for kings and queens, stunning gardens, an orchard and the oldest tennis court in the country.

Falkland Palace, one of Scotland’s finest Renaissance buildings, is set within approximately nine acres of grounds which include ornamental gardens, a glasshouse, an orchard and woodland. The main ornamental garden was designed by renowned garden designer, Percy Cane, in the mid-20th century. Our volunteer garden assistants help our small team of gardeners look after all aspects of these large gardens, maintaining them to the highest standard possible for the enjoyment of our visitors

Main Duties:

• General garden maintenance including weeding, mulching, planting, leaf clearing, edging, cutting back, pruning and other regular, seasonal gardening tasks
• Occasional involvement in special projects and events, should this be of interest
• Being welcoming to visitors and helping them to enjoy their visit to the gardens
• Ensuring the people working at and visiting the property remain safe at all times

Organisation aims and objectives

Gardening in a Palace setting











Experience required: In general, you don’t need any specific experience or qualifications to volunteer with us. For this role you should be happy to engage with people of all ages, abilities, backgrounds and cultures and enjoy working outside, potentially in a variety of weathers. Although welcome, no gardening experience or knowledge is necessary.
Travel details: For those using public transport, there are a variety of buses which travel through Falkland from the surrounding areas. Please visit for information on specific services and route times. If you are travelling to us by car, Falkland benefits from a free car park in the centre of the village which volunteers are invited to use while they are at the Palace. Further information on this car park can be found at
Minimum age: 16


Expenses paid: Yes
Taster available: Yes
Training details: Generally, you’ll be working with a small team of other volunteers and garden staff. We’ll provide an induction and training for you (about the Trust, its values and your role) to get started, and we’ll help you to keep learning while you’re volunteering with us. You’ll also have free access to all of the courses in our online e-learning system.

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Please note, organisations are currently experiencing a large volume of enquiries from people looking to help out. They may not always be able to meet this demand so please be patient, you may not receive a quick response or be assigned to a role.