Garden Volunteer

  • Company: The Charleston Trust
  • Location: Charleston, Firle, Near Lewes, BN8 6LL
  • Salary: £0
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Charleston is open to the public on Wednesday – Sunday from April until October each year with some special ‘winter’ tours available between November and March. The house and garden are presented to look as they would have done in the 1950s, when Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant and Clive Bell lived at Charleston.  Visitors are encouraged to feel that they are guests in a living home, and this is why objects are not roped off, and there are no labels or pieces of text anywhere in the rooms. This approach to display continues into the garden, where visitors are able to explore the various spaces at their own pleasure. The role of the Volunteer Garden Assistant is to help preserve the spirit of the Charleston Garden and to present it to the 22,000 visitors that come to Charleston every year.

Working under the direction of Charleston’s Head Gardener, the volunteer assistant may be asked to assist with any of the following tasks:
• Replanting and dividing herbaceous perennials
• Weeding and mulching
• Pond maintenance work
• Maintaining gravel paths and terraces
• Staking, tying-in and cutting back herbaceous perennials
• Pruning of shrubs and roses
• Winter pruning fruit trees
• Propagation of annuals
This is not an exhaustive list, and you may, at times, be asked by the Head Gardener to help with other tasks.

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