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With over 60 gardens in its care, the National Trust for Scotland has a mammoth task to conserve and protect the rare and internationally renowned collections of plants in our care. Our garden volunteers are a key part of this vital conservation, and carry out varied roles the length and breadth of Scotland. These include helping to raise funds for the property by selling plants in the shop, answering questions from the public, researching into the plants and gardens as well as general maintenance around the estates. Volunteering in an NTS garden means that volunteers have the opportunity to learn new techniques from our expert Gardeners and see behind the scenes at these beautiful properties.

From gardening in a recreated 16th century garden in Culross to lending a hand in the woodland garden at the David Livingstone Centre, volunteering in a NTS garden is an excellent way of picking up hints, tips and new skills. Whether you're retired with a couple of hours to spare or keen to find out more about a possible career in gardening, there are all types of volunteers in our fascinating gardens.

If you’re keen to develop your horticultural skills, or want to help us preserve some of Scotland’s most beautiful gardens, check out our map of current volunteering opportunities, or contact us directly if you have a general volunteering enquiry.