Gardens & Parks Volunteer - Clumber Park

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Hosted by: National Trust - North Nottinghamshire (Clumber Park & Mr Straw's House)
Opportunity Description: If you love gardens you’ll know they need lots of care and attention. Our volunteers help with the upkeep, development and protection of some of the most beautiful and important gardens and parklands in the UK - so visitors and wildlife can enjoy them.
Type of Activity: Community Work, Gardening, General Helping & Practical Work, Local Events, Outdoors, Youth Work
Areas of Interest: Conservation/environment, Families, Heritage, Public Events, Sport & Outdoor Activities
Skills: Practical, Leadership, Interpersonal
Who we are looking for: By getting involved, you could
• Learn more about Clumber Park and the work of the National Trust
• Enjoy the benefits of being active outdoors surrounded by beautiful scenery
• Help preserve gardens and parklands and create that wow factor for our visitors today and future generations
• Develop your own gardening skills and enjoy meeting other keen gardeners

You’d also be joining Europe’s largest conservation charity and the wider National Trust team proudly looking after 780 miles of coastline, over 250,000 hectares of land, over 500 historic houses, castles, ancient monuments, gardens, parks and nature reserves (including lighthouses, villages, pubs and a gold mine!). We are a unique charity welcoming millions of people each year and with a vision to open up places for the benefit of everyone, for ever.

What's involved?
• Contributing to the current and future vision of Clumber Park
• Maintaining high presentation standards and good plant health
• Helping the team with everyday practical tasks to keep the garden/parks looking its best e.g. - tidying up, dead-heading, weeding and caring for borders
• Helping out with the planned development by e.g. planting trees and shrubs
• Being a friendly face for visitors and answering any questions
• Being part of a varied and enthusiastic team and making new friends
• Helping us deliver our commitment to sustainability
• Being part of a team that may need to adapt and change in response to local needs, National Trust priorities or changes to government guidelines e.g Covid.
• We want all our volunteers to feel welcome and to have an equally positive experience when volunteering with us. So, volunteers will:
• Be provided with the necessary induction, training, equipment and reasonable adjustments to do this role well and safely
• Be offered expenses to cover agreed travel costs between home and place of volunteering.
• Have remote access to support, news and rotas via our volunteer website

This role will suit you if you are...
• Enthusiastic about the great outdoors and enjoy some physical activity
• Interested in learning about gardening or have skills you want to share/develop
• Positive, friendly and approachable.
• Enjoy talking to people and being part of a team.
• Happy to volunteer outside – despite the weather!
• Happy to learn from others and adapt your – the way you do it at home may not be the way we do it here and sometimes we need consistency throughout the gardens to reach our potential!

All National Trust volunteers will be asked to
• Respect and uphold the National Trust values whilst volunteering with us
• Complete training required of all NT volunteers and any role specific training
• Adhere to relevant policies and processes including safeguarding, health and safety, and equality and diversity
Requirements: Own vehicle or have access to a vehicle
Suitable for: Event, Family, Long Term Commitment, Groups, Outdoor, With Friends
Practical considerations: You must be active, fit and happy to get stuck into gardening. We will try to make reasonable adjustments where possible.
Recruitment method: Application Form
Disabled Access details: Our gardens are fully accessible but there is limited access to some of the team mess spaces. Alternative spaces will be sought, if required.
Expenses details: We offer volunteer expenses to volunteers to claim for all types of regular travel and other dependent activity. This process will be fully explained on recruitment and induction.
Any Age/Gender restrictions: +18 only, although work experience and youth volunteering are currently under review and we hope to return this in 2023.
Support for volunteers with additional needs: We treat every volunteer as an individual and are happy to discuss with applicants any potential need or support they feel they may need to become a volunteer with the team.
Induction Arrangments: We offer a full induction to the National Trust, along with property and department sessions. You will learn more about the wider team, our values and our ways of working and will allow you to ask any questions you may have. You will work through an induction checklist and will be allocated branded uniform and badges during this phase, whilst fully understanding how to use the 'myvolunteering system' and any other support you need.
Insurance Cover: All volunteers are fully covered under Public Liability Insurance whilst working with us.
Support Available: When you join our team, you become a part of the Clumber Park family. Each volunteer has a dedicated team volunteer lead, along with support from the portfolio Volunteering & Community Manager. You will be supported through induction, training, regular team meetings and those informal 1-2-1 cuppa breaks. We offer wider support to volunteers through our People Centre, with access to our Care Coins support line and volunteer benefits to access National Trust properties and discounts on completion of regular volunteering in the team.
Training: We offer extensive mandatory online training for all volunteers in introducing volunteering at the National Trust, Information Security (GDPR), Safeguarding, Fire Safety, Everyone Welcome (Diversity & Inclusion), Basic Manual Handling and many more departmental modules. The volunteer role you undertake will inform as to whether you need additional in person or online training. There is great opportunity to explore and develop your personal skills as a volunteer at the National Trust.
Any Other Arrangements: If you need access or support to do this or would like an informal chat about volunteering, please contact Claire Sarris, Volunteering & Community Manager on 01909 511081 (please leave a message if unanswered) or email Claire.Sarris@nationaltrust.org.uk, stating a convenient time for a call back.