Thank you for your interest in Scotland’s Gardens Scheme and we hope this will inspire you to get involved in a well-loved, national charity that has been at the heart of Scottish horticulture since 1931. We have a small staff team based in Edinburgh (currently home-working) and are largely volunteer-driven, with around 200 regular district volunteers across Scotland, who encourage and support local garden openings. We have an eight-strong team of Trustees and following our recent restructure as a SCIO (Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation), now wish to recruit an additional four Trustees to build the skills base of our Board.
We are particularly interested in candidates with a background in the following areas: Communications and Digital Marketing, Sponsorship, IT, Legal and Human Resources, with an enthusiasm for gardens and horticulture. We are committed to building a diverse Board, so we welcome applications from all sectors of society, regardless of ethnicity, age, gender, disability and/or religious persuasion.
Scotland’s Garden Scheme (SGS) raises money for charity by encouraging, promoting and supporting private garden owners across Scotland to open their gardens to the general public. Funds are raised through these garden openings by charging an entry fee and by offering refreshments and plants for sale. Area Organisers work closely with the District Organiser to support Garden Owners to open their gardens including publicity beforehand and support on the day. An Area Organiser has responsibility for a group of gardens in the district and also finds and recruits new gardens to open.