Horticulture Volunteer

Our team provides work experience and friendship for vulnerable people and teaches children and young people how to look after the environment. As you can imagine, this is at the centre of the work we do and the services we provide. All activities are inspired by and, indeed, take place in and around our working farmyard, gardens, cafe and popular visitor centre, that attracts 30,000 people every year.

While you will not be responsible for our trainees - we have separate volunteers for that - you will be volunteering alongside them and the other volunteers and staff who do.

As a Horticulture / Garden Volunteer, you will be required to ‘get your hands dirty.’ You will be involved in weeding, planting and harvesting our plants, crops and fruit trees. The seasonal nature of this role will determine what needs to happen when. This is all carried out under the guidance of our Lead Horticulturist. General upkeep and maintenance can also form part of this role.

Role responsibilities:

  • General garden duties including, planting, weeding and harvesting
  • Garden maintenance
  • Orchard upkeep

This role forms part of Volunteer Passport Scheme Newcastle and requires you to complete one day of training with Newcastle City Learning. If you would like to apply please email Pam.Robinson@volunteeringmatters.org.uk


  • Composed personality with strong interpersonal and social skills
  • Caring and positive nature
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Reliability and flexibility to work on a range of tasks
  • Willing to commit to this role for at least 6 months for a minimum of one session per week
  • Experience of working in a horticultural / gardening environment (desirable but not essential)
  • Experience working within the disability sector (desirable but not essential)
  • Experience in working in a community setting (desirable but not essential)


  • Accessibility
  • Age restrictions
    Over 19's Only.
  • DBS check required
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Ongoing support
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteers covered by insurance

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 08/08/2023

End Date: 01/04/2025

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Ouseburn Farm,
Ouseburn Road (off Lime Street),
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear

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