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Visitor Greeter and Gardener

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Visitor Greeter and Gardener
Norton Conyers
Description of the role:

A Norton Conyers volunteer would be getting a wonderful opportunity to help support a hidden treasure of Yorkshire which has a strong historical link to its historic Royal guests and a literary connection with Bronte's Jane Eyre. The walled gardens themselves are beautiful, peaceful and filled with unique plants that give pleasure to expert gardeners and casual visitors alike. The role of a volunteer during an afternoon would include meeting and greeting visitors to the gardens which are free to the public, and be able to point out the seasonal points of interest, the fruit orchard, the rare plants and the flower borders. Various gardening tasks can be undertaken with the supervision or direction of the head gardener. The orangery at the centre of the garden gives shade and shelter and frames a view of the floral borders that lead down to the large estate which is used for grazing animals. There is also a small shop where rare plants, fruit and cut flowers can be sold to visitors which is looked after by volunteers. The volunteer will be responsible for unlocking the garden before opening and locking up after the visitors have left

Skills and qualities needed for the role:

A volunteer at Norton Conyers needs to have an enjoyment of gardens but no expertise is needed as you will be able to learn about the various plants and the history of the garden and house as you spend more time in them. An ability to handle cash when selling plants from the small shop is also ideal

Practical information:

A volunteer would need to be able to drive due to the location of Norton Conyers


Additional Information
DBS check needed: Yes
Driving licence needed: No
Car owner: Yes
Open to: Age 17+
Is this role wheelchair accessible?: No
Norton Conyers
Nr Wath
North Yorkshire
Last updated: 18.08.2017
Organisation Information

Norton Conyers, house and garden, have belonged to the Grahams since 1624. Recent excavations have revealed that parts of the house are Anglo-Saxon. The house’s exterior has distinctive Dutch-style gables; its interior contains fine 18th century plaster ceilings in the principal rooms. The garden is five minutes' walk from the house. Laid out in the mid 18th century, it retains the essentials of its original design, together with sympathetic replanting in the English style.

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