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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
• 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
Litter picking the towpaths and the water. Vegetation Control to widen the towpaths. Garden Maintenance at Calder Crescent. Painting the canal metal fencing surrounding locks & canal furniture metal and wooden. Graffiti removal from walls and bridges. These are some of the ways you will be able to help to ensure our beautiful canal side continues to flourish.
What does Scottish War Blinded do?
Scottish War Blinded provides free support to veterans living with significant sight loss across Scotland, and are here to help all veterans regain independence after sight loss.
What team will you be supporting and what do they do?
The team at Hawkhead are enthusiastic and motivated and aim to provide a quality service to the members of Scottish War Blinded. The Centre provides activities and equipment for veterans with a vision impairment helping to tackle social isolation and promote independence.
Volunteering at the Hawkhead Centre will directly enhance the range of activities and support that we can provide to our members.
Tasks and Responsibilities
1. To plan our gardening activity with our members, to maximise the use of our potting shed and the potential for the development of an allotment
2. To ensure that gardening progress and activities are communicated to all members participating.
3. To enable the service to run a productive and enjoyable gardening activity at the Hawkhead Centre with clearly defined objectives agreed with the members
If you like getting your hands dirty and love the great Scottish outdoors, whatever the weather, then this could be just the ticket!
Every week, we organise practical work groups to carry out various habitat management and estate work around the RSPB site. We need your help to keep on top of essential reserve management and one-off tasks across a variety of beautiful habitats.
Typical tasks include fencing repairs, scrub removal, vegetation management, invasive species removal, ditch clearing and lots more!
All tasks are vital for conservation of important wildlife and habitats - you would be directly contributing to the protection of our countryside - and for retaining good access to, and around the site.
An opportunity to help with habitat management, become part of a small, friendly team and learn about the running of the site, plus be involved with one of the RSPB's most exciting sites. You'll get a chance to enjoy the place, learn more about our plans and really get your hands dirty! You'll also pick up or be able to share skills and techniques.
This is an excellent chance to make a genuine contribution to wildlife conservation. You will gain a valuable insight into the workings of Europe's largest conservation charity.
The garden at the centre will require ongoing maintenance, including digging, weeding, mowing the lawn and pruning flowers and bushes.
The garden maintenance will facilitate befriending and supporting residents in learning basic gardening skills. These residents may have multiple and complex needs and are living in Anne Hope House.
(Note that this post is restricted to female applicants in order to reduce barriers of access for the all-female residents.)
We have 4 local groups based in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Tayside and Grampian. Volunteers can join these groups and carry out tasks such as drystane dyking, footpath construction, woodland management and fencing, and to receive training in these.
St Colms has a large polytunnel and garden area with cold frames where they grow and sell plants.
We are looking for volunteers to assist adults with learning disabilities with horticulture activities.
This could be in the polytunnel or outdoors. Tasks include sowing seeds, planting out seedlings, weeding and watering. This would suit someone with an interest in gardening but experience is not necessary as training will be given. Tasks will be arranged to suit ability and preference.
We are looking for people who have an interest and enthusiasm in gardening. We have a large estate covering 26 acres of grass and wood land.
The role would include clearing shrubbery and over grown trees, grass cutting and strimming, path clearing and much more. There will be the opportunity to learn more about conservation, including walled gardens and orchards.
You will be supported by gardening team coordinator.
We are a residential Community supporting adults with learning difficulties to work and live together. Working under the direction of our head gardener you will help maintain and develop the shared areas (of which there are many) of herbaceous borders, planting around the houses, orchards and areas of woodland around the estate.
Task orientated skills that we need help with include:
• General gardening chores
• Fencing repairs
• Hedge trimming
• Mulching, Composting
• Developing a new Sensory Trail
• Garden furniture restoration
In a nut shell, we are looking for volunteers who can provide a great visitor experience here on the reserve and who love nature as much as we do to join our team!!
We’d like you to help us improve our face to face engagement with visitors, making their experience as informative and enjoyable as possible. The role offers a range of tasks but we especially want individuals who can help us in the visitor centre, to meet and greet people of all ages and introduce them to the site.