Would you like to volunteer with us at Hylands Estate? Our volunteers play a vital role in looking after the Estate and support a wide-range of activities.

Volunteering at the Estate makes a real difference. Get involved with your local community, meet new people, develop your skills and learn more about the Estate.

Thanks to our many volunteers who share their time, talent and know-how, we are able to offer a number of services and activities which wouldn’t otherwise be possible.


Join our Estate Volunteer Team, who meet every week and work with our Parks Volunteer Leader on projects within the Estate. Projects include:

  • Coppicing
  • Dead hedging
  • Tree planting
  • Ditching
  • Culvert bridge building
  • Path construction
  • Live willow work
  • Pond works


Becoming a garden volunteer gives you the opportunity to learn alongside our knowledgeable gardens team and  gain new skills and experience in horticulture, whilst volunteering within a beautiful historic garden.

Volunteers have the opportunity to work on the Victorian bedding parterre, One World Garden, The Repton beds and  Rose basket, The iris border and East Terrace. With a chance to learn how to look after, propagate, plant and prune a large variety of species.

Denise, one of our existing garden volunteers comments “It’s incredibly satisfying to see the results of our hard work and nice to hear the positive comments of visitors to the gardens.”

Carole another garden volunteer comments “ I so enjoy the social side, with very friendly staff and new friends.”


We offer a wide range of corporate volunteering activities from tree planting, culvert bridge construction, path creation, pond works to dead hedging. Conservation management is seasonal so most activities take place from September to May.

We can host groups of between 8 – 30 individuals, for either half a day or a full day, and no prior experience is needed to participate

Benefits for you and your employees

  • Improve employee health and wellbeing
  • Get staff out from behind their desks, giving them a chance to breathe
  • Encourage team work and relationship building
  • Enhance staff retention rates by building employee morale and loyalty
  • Opportunity to give something back to your local environment
  • Enjoyment of a rewarding day in an inspirational setting
  • Demonstrate your company’s values


If you would like to find out more about our Park Days or Volunteering on the Estate get in touch with Lyn, our Volunteer Co-ordinator, on 01245 606554 or complete the enquiry form.