Falkland Palace and Garden (National Trust for Scotland)

Charity registered in Scotland SC007410

Gardening in a Palace setting


Current opportunities

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

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. If you are passionate about heritage and education, why not get in touch and help to bring the 16th century alive for a range of visitors, school groups, adult learners and families. Under the guidance of the Learning Officer, you will help to deliver the school visits and workshops in the Palace and Garden, donning one of our fantastic costumes and sharing the stories of Falkland as you do so. If you would like to get involved, we would love to hear from you! Main Duties: • Welcoming and leading learning groups around the Palace and Garden (in conjunction with school teachers and the Learning Officer) • Learning about the history of the property, its previous inhabitants and its artefacts, and sharing that knowledge with others • Using and maintaining educational resources and equipment, ensuring that they are returned to their proper storage place • Helping to take due care for pupils’ and visitors’ welfare while on Trust premises • Providing other educational assistance as may be reasonably requested by the Learning Officer and property staff

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. Volunteers play a key role in helping to maintain Scotland’s heritage. Welcoming our visitors with a friendly smile, and helping them with stories and information about the Palace, gardens and tennis court is vital to an enjoyable visit. This is where you can help. Whether it’s explaining the role of the Keeper of the Palace or relating stories about past inhabitants, your enthusiasm and love of talking to visitors will really make their day. Main Duties: • Provide a warm welcome to all visitors • Share information and stories about the history of the palace and its inhabitants with our visitors • Help to maintain the security of the collection • Ensure adherence to health & safety requirements for visitors

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. As a shop volunteer, you will play a key role in helping to maintain Falkland’s heritage for everyone. All sales from the shop go directly to the property, so if you’re interested in meeting people from all over the world and helping out a charity with its vital conservation work, then volunteering at Falkland Palace may be perfect for you. Main Duties: • To welcome visitors and ensure they have a pleasant experience • Assisting customers with their purchases and advising them about items for sale • Upselling items in the shop • Processing till and credit card transactions, and reconciling these at the end of the day • Maintaining the presentation and display of the shop area • Positively promoting the National Trust for Scotland to visitors and customers within the shop • Opening and closing the shop as appropriate