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Sulgrave Manor Garden Volunteer

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Sulgrave Manor is a popular heritage attraction located in the lovely village of Sulgrave. The Manor is a fine example of a Tudor and Georgian house which was built and lived in by the direct ancestors of George Washington, the first President of the USA. Sulgrave Manor has an extensive garden which was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield in the 1920s, the garden is an eclectic mix of the more formal Tudor style and the fashionable arts and crafts movement of the time. The estate includes a Parterre, Herb Garden and formal lawns surrounded by herbaceous borders. Part of the garden is an historic orchard with a variety of cooking and eating apples and pears. They also grow vegetables on site as part of an educational resource for Tudor themed school visits. They are looking for a team of volunteers who will assist the Head Gardener in maintaining and developing all areas of the garden. Garden Volunteers will also be on hand to answer questions about the garden from visitors for which training will be provided.

By getting involved, you could…

• Become part of a dedicated and friendly team

• Learn about this unique garden and its stories

• Use and develop your skills in horticulture, plant husbandry and plant identification (garden and land management)

• Develop new skills and experience

• Receive training in all areas suitable for the volunteer role

• Increase your knowledge of Sulgrave Manor Gardens and its history, to bring it to life and make it fun for our visitors.

• Assist the Head Gardner with planting, garden maintenance, pruning, herbaceous bed management and fine lawn care.

• Act as a guardian of the garden

• Use of horticultural machinery with full training provided.

• Answer questions from visitors about the garden and conducting pop up garden tours.

• Become familiar with and follow Sulgrave Manor’s policies at all times (including the policies on Health and Safety, Equal Opportunities and Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults)


This role will suit you if you…

• Are enthusiastic and friendly with a talent for gardening

• Are interested in history and gardens

• Are interested in volunteering outside

• Enjoy meeting people and being part of a team

• Want to learn more about Sulgrave Manor and its Gardens

Register your Interest


  • Arts, Heritage and Entertainment
  • Children
  • Environment
  • No specific interest
  • Wildlife and Animals


  • Advice and Information
  • Creativity
  • Gardening
  • Practical Skills
  • Supporting Charities
  • Teaching and Training


  • Accessibility
    All of the garden is at low level, so volunteers will need to be able to bend down and reach the floor to undertake this role.
  • Age restrictions
    16+ (children are welcome on a Sunday if they accompanied by an adult)
  • DBS check required
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
    Agreed travel expenses will be paid.
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When do I need to be available?

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Afternoon Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Evening No No No No No No No

Availability Details

Hours and frequency: Ideally, they would love for volunteers to commit to one day per week (Monday-Friday) 10-3. They would like for there to be a team of up to 5 volunteers on each day. They would also like there to be a garden volunteer available on a Sunday when the house is open (April-September) to interact with visitors. This Sunday role may be fulfilled on a rota system where all weekday volunteers take turns.


Manor Road
OX17 2SD

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