Scotland's Gardens Scheme (Scottish Borders)

Scotland's Gardens Scheme raises money for charity by encouraging, promoting and supporting private gardens to open for charity.


Current opportunities

Our District Volunteers support local private gardens to open for charity. This is a fun and varied role for anyone who loves gardens. District Volunteers work closely with garden owners to make sure that their opening is a success by helping with publicity, signage, admissions, refreshments, car parking and occasionally even some last-minute gardening! It is a very varied role that enables you to use and develop skills such as event management, communication, working with the general public and horticulture. Our volunteers are essential to the work that we do and our district teams are the lynch pin in our ability to raise nearly £400,000 for charity each year.

Our PR volunteer works closely with the District Organiser in their area to promote garden open days, plant sales, trails and events; working with local publications and media, including radio. Promoting local garden openings through press releases, articles in local publications, adverts, etc. and working closely with local media, including radio. Linking directly with the Marketing Manager at Head Office to help promote national events. Attending garden openings and other activities related to this role, as agreed with the District Organiser. The aim is to increase the profile of Scotland’s Gardens Scheme, to attract more gardens to open for charity and to increase visitor numbers to open days. This would also be an ideal role for anyone studying marketing and communications.

The District Photographer works closely with Garden Openers to provide Scotland’s Garden Scheme with suitable photos for use in our Guidebook, website and promotional literature. We will always credit you for your photographs. District Photographers work closely with the District Organiser and Garden Openers to ensure that SGS has a supply of suitable photos. Photographers attend garden openings to take photographs but may also visit the garden separately. This is a great way to explore beautiful gardens whilst honing your skills and gaining recognition for your work. The role is mainly active between January and September. We ask that you do not use and/or sell photographs taken at SGS events to any other organisation or business without seeking permission of the Garden Openers and SGS, but photographs can be used for your personal purpose e.g. photo contests, portfolio, your website; as long as it is not in conflict with SGS or Garden Openers’ requirements.

The Scotland’s Gardens team in Roxburghshire is looking for a Social Media volunteer to help us to promote local gardens that open for charity. This is a flexible, home-based opportunity. This role would be ideal for someone with an interest in all forms of Social Media, specifically Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram and Twitter. The purpose of this role is to use Social Media to promote our garden openings, trails and events. It is a varied, flexible role that would also give valuable experience in marketing and communication.