Our exciting new Triad project gives gardeners the opportunity to spend four months in three of the world’s leading gardens. Rhiannon was one of the lucky recruits chosen to jet off on the global gardening adventure. We caught up with her in Japan to discuss her experience so far.
I studied Fashion at university and went on to work as a research student in Women's Dress studies – very different to gardening! I hated being deskbound and I enjoyed gardening at home so I started volunteering at Peckover Gardens in Wisbech. I then enrolled onto the National Trust Academy Gardener Training Scheme and completed my one year Academy Foundation Certificate followed by the two-year Academy Diploma in Heritage Gardening at Chartwell, Kent. During my time there, I entered the Institute of Horticulture’s Young Horticulturalist of the Year and came in the top four! When my manager gave a talk on the[...] read more
Here at the National Trust, we look after the greatest collection of historic garden and garden plants under single ownership in Europe, if not the world. From conifers and culinary herbs to Chinese shrubs and cherry blossoms, our garden plants stem from all corners of the globe. And what better[...] read more
It’s so much more than just taking care of old mansions
Think Surveying at the National Trust is just about conserving Downton Abbey style mansions? Think again. Mansions are actually a relatively small part of our portfolio: we look after about 300 of them, alongside an incredible range of other places.[...] read more
I work part time at Hardwick Hall in the restaurant, as a Food and Beverage Assistant. I’m also a full-time student, studying a BTEC diploma in Aviation Operations, in Nottingham. The Stable Yard has an excellent reputation for our homemade cakes, so if you’re planning on visiting I[...] read more
I joined the garden team at Winkworth Arboretum in October last year. I still find it amazing that one man visualised, and ultimately realised, the layout of the place and I love how he managed to enhance and add to the existing site without taking away from the[...] read more
I’m Claire and a consultant for digital marketing in the South West. My role covers a pretty big part of the country – from Land’s End to Poole and as far north as the Cotswolds – and I set the direction for digital campaigns across the region as well as[...] read more
What’s it like to be a Ranger across some of the nation’s most outstanding and beautiful places? See for yourself…
Say hello to the Upland Rangers
Staff and volunteers at Cotehele have grown, dried and grouped 36,160 flowers to create an impressive 60ft garland. Here we speak to Dave Bouch, Head Gardener at Cotehele.
Our Gardeners and our house teams joined volunteers and members of the public at Cotehele in Cornwall to work together on the project.[...] read more
I started at Ightham Mote, a medieval moated manor house, as an Intern with the education department in February. I originally approached them for volunteering work back in December as a great way to support my Masters course at university in Museums and Galleries in Education.
I helped the education department[...] read more
Introducing Rangers Nick and Craig, our friends from the Herefordshire Countryside Rangers blog. They share what they’ve been up to this September from pulling weeds to planning for the following year – and not forgetting to find time for a cuppa and a slice of cake! Take it away, Craig!
While[...] read more
Like many people, I grew up visiting National Trust properties and I remember walking round castles as a little boy thinking, ‘Wow, how do people get to work here?’ Well, I finally got my opportunity when I joined the Trust as an Assistant Catering Manager in 2009. I’ve worked in[...] read more
In my previous blog, I wrote about how far we’ve come as a Brand and Marketing team and, in turn, as an organisation. We’ve driven real change, delivered some brilliant work, including our 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ and “I oak leaf” campaigns, and[...] read more
The last few years have seen some very exciting changes here at the National Trust, and the Brand and Marketing team has been central to these. The big one, for me, is that we’re becoming a much more customer-facing organisation. We’ve worked extremely hard to put supporters at the heart[...] read more
In my previous blog, I wrote about how we’re using digital to build meaningful connections with supporters and members; how we’re maximising digital channels and platforms to connect people with special places.
The time has now come for me to pass the digital baton on to someone else. I was brought[...] read more
We look after some pretty amazing places and spaces – and we look after them forever, for everyone. We want people to share our love for these wonderful places and to recognise, and enjoy, the benefits they bring to our lives. That’s why we’re constantly exploring new ways to connect[...] read more
10 years ago I was working as a Retail Manager for a soft furnishings store when my husband and I started thinking about opening our own catering business. I came to the Sizergh property as a seasonal Catering Assistant just to get a bit of professional experience in the field.[...] read more
I arrived early at Baddesley Clinton and I had the rare opportunity to see the house apparently float on top of a bed of mist that was rising from the moat. It was one of those slightly magical – how lucky am I – moments, but also a moment of reflection.[...] read more
I decided it was time for a change of career and it wasn’t long before I stumbled across the advert for National Trust Your Future Your Hands traineeship in House and Collections. It sounded really interesting and I’ve always had a love for heritage, so I applied for the Taster[...] read more
I’ve always loved the outdoors and the environment, always enjoyed history and heritage. My professional background was teaching about the natural world and history in the outdoors, conceiving and delivering environmental projects, but also working with diverse groups , so when this job popped up, I had to apply. It[...] read more
A unique business, in an unrivalled setting, for you to run, develop and grow. Being a General Manager at the National Trust is a truly incomparable management challenge. For over a century, we’ve been taking care of amazing places so that everyone can enjoy them. While our purpose has never[...] read more