The value of volunteers

21 Aug
Volunteer Hilary raking the "plat", or lawn, in the small walled garden

The rake and the lady: Volunteer Hilary tidying the “plat”, or lawn, in the small walled garden

The garden volunteers have been busy looking after everything while Amanda has swanned off for a fortnight (she says it’s a well-deserved break with her family). They’ve been weeding, watering and spending lots of time chatting to our lovely visitors.

You may already have noticed when the garden volunteers have appeared in my blog, they all wear rather fetching bright red polo shirts while they’re working, so it’s easy for visitors to see who they are.

They are an important – but small part – of the overall Wordsworth House volunteer team. Volunteers also help as room guides, playing our harpsichord, welcoming and orientating visitors in reception, selling raffle tickets, doing admin, and serving in the café and shop. Without them, we simply couldn’t operate.

If you live within easy travelling distance of Cockermouth, have time to spare and would enjoy meeting and working with some really great people, why not come and join us?

To find out more about volunteering at Wordsworth House and Garden, email us at wordsworthhouse@nationaltrust.org.uk or call 01900 824805.

Or if you live further afield, get in touch with your local National Trust property and see what opportunities they have. It’s a brilliant way to use your skills, learn fresh ones, make new friends and do something really worthwhile.

Volunteer Kat among the runner beans

Happy at work: Volunteer Kat among the runner beans

Volunteer raffle ticket seller Robert

Selling in the cellar: Volunteer raffle ticket seller Robert

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