Before pursuing my childhood dream of becoming a gardener, I was a producer for BBC Radio Four for 13 years. I went back to college to do my RHS and NVQ, and then did the Women's Farm and Garden Association WRAGS apprenticeship in a Rare Plants Nursery.
After volunteering at the Botanic Gardens in New York and the National Trust, I started working at Greys Court which I loved. I then moved to a large private garden for seven years, before returning to the Trust at Attingham Park as "Walled Gardener". This was a huge challenge: restoring the 2 acre kitchen garden to full production as well as managing a three acre apple orchard.
Joe Heaney works as a Building Surveyor on a portfolio of properties in Northern Ireland. We caught up with him to discuss his early career, his current projects and his surveying plans for the future at the Trust.
Why did you choose to become a Building Surveyor?
I always had an[...] read more
After starting as a Sous Chef in Calke Abbey, Head Chef Steve tells us what continues to attract catering professionals like him to the Trust.
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[...] 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