Opening a fantastic selection of gardens across Scotland to raise money for hundreds of charities
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Why Volunteer for Scotland’s Gardens Scheme

At the heart of our charity are around a thousand volunteer organisers and garden owners, without whom there would be no gardens to visit. We are incredibly grateful for the skills and experience they bring to the charity and the time that they give to us and we want their experience with us to be inspiring, rewarding and fun.

Please register your interest by completing our simple  EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FORM or call the office for an informal chat on 0131 226 3714.

Volunteer with Scotland’s Gardens Scheme to:

  • Get involved in one of Scotland’s longest running volunteer networks

    Volunteers Dumfries
  • Meet new people and share your enthusiasm for gardens and gardening

  • Visit inspiring gardens, often not open to the public and a rare chance to see something special

  • Enjoy working as part of a team

  • Use your skills to help raise funds for charity

  • Join in our winter talks programme on zoom

  • Join us for our annual conference and regional meetings - usually in a garden!

  • Receive training to support you in your volunteer role.           

Current opportunities - could you help one of our District Teams? 

Aberdeenshire: Event Volunteers

Angus & Dundee: Event Volunteers

Ayrshire: Event Volunteers

Argyll: Area Organisers, especially for Lochaber area

Berwickshire: District Organiser & Treasurer, Area organisers, Events Organisers

Caithness, Sutherland, Orkney & Shetland: Area Organisers, Event Volunteers

Dumfriesshire: Area Organisers

Dunbartonshire: Area Organisers, Event Volunteers

East Lothian: Event Volunteers & Area Organisers

Edinburgh: Event Volunteers

Fife: Event Volunteers & Area Organisers

Glasgow: Area Organisers

Inverness, Ross, Cromarty & Skye: Area Organisers, Event Volunteers

Kirkcudbrightshire: District & Area Organisers 

Lanarkshire: District & Area Organisers, Event Volunteers

Moray & Nairn: Event Volunteers, Area Organisers

Peeblesshire & Tweeddale: Event Volunteers, Area Organisers

Perth & Kinross: Event Volunteers, Area Organisers

Renfrewshire: Area Organisers, Event Volunteers, Media Volunteer

Roxburghshire: Treasurer, Area Organisers, Event Volunteers

Stirlingshire: Treasurer, Area Organisers for Callander, Killin and Falkirk,

Wigtownshire: Area Organisers, Event Volunteers

Our Volunteer Roles – many hands make light work!

We have 23 District Committees around Scotland who work as a team to find gardens to open, then support those openings through the season, which can run from March right through to October. Each District Committee works in its own way but usually consists of some or all of the following roles and opportunities:

Camptoun House ©Delia Ridley-Thomas
©Delia Ridley-Thomas

District Organiser

The District Organiser leads the team and oversees garden openings through the season, making sure garden owners know what to expect from their open day and have the right support.

The Herbalist's Garden at Logie

Area Organisers

Area Organisers look after gardens in a particular area and help to recruit gardens, making sure they are supported on open days. They share the work of the District Organiser by supporting a specific area.

Barrmill Community Garden ©David Blatchford
Barrmill Community Garden ©David Blatchford

Admin & Database Volunteers

Database Volunteers help to put our garden openings onto our database, which then provides information for our annual guidebook, national leaflet and website, which details garden openings around Scotland.

Bowerhouse ©Delia Ridley-Thomas
©Delia Ridley-Thomas

District Treasurer

The District Treasurer makes sure that funds raised are paid to charities and to Head Office.  Treasurers enter information about openings into the finance part of our database so must be numerate and comfortable with technology. 

David Blatchford ©David Blatchford
©David Blatchford

Event Volunteers

Event Volunteers help out before and during open days; they might deliver and put-up signage before and remove after an opening, sell tickets at the gate; direct traffic and manage parking; or help out with refreshments or to sell plants.


Media Volunteer

Our Media Volunteers play an important role in promoting garden openings in their area, through local PR and press releases and social media. Head Office can provide templates and resources to help with this.

Broomhill Villa owner left and her friend


Our District Photographers use their skills to provide us with great photography to support our garden openings and we are able to use their photographs on our website, social media, in printed materials and for PR, which is a huge help in promoting our openings. We are happy to credit our photographers.

Get in touch!

If you would like to learn more about getting involved in any areas, we would love to hear from you!  Please get in touch by completing THE FORM or call the office for an informal chat on 0131 226 3714.

Interested in opening your Garden?

Find out more HERE