Gardens and Parklands

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If you have a passion for gardens and gardening heritage, we need your help to care for some of Britain’s most treasured places and special plant collections.

We look after such a wide range of gardens, from the world-famous ones like Sissinghurst in Kent and Bodnant in Wales, to lesser known but highly-cherished gardens such as Overbecks in Devon and Goddards in York. The gardens and parklands we care for provide so many opportunities for our gardeners to learn and develop. One day you could be training fruit, growing produce for the café or looking after a lawn. The next you might be planning a new border, carrying out historic research or creating new interpretation. As a gardener, there will always be something new to learn while you grow your career with us.

With over 24 million visitors to our places there will also be ample opportunities to share your passion with others, and you can always be sure your work is appreciated.

We’re passionate about the science and art of horticulture, and the gardens in our care encompass over 500 years of horticultural heritage. So, if you’re interested in combining traditional techniques with the latest thinking around plant health, sustainable practices, nature conservation and gardening peat free, a National Trust garden is the place to be.

Typical roles

We have lots of different opportunities across our gardens and parklands, including Gardens Consultant, Gardens and Outdoors Manager, Head Gardener, Senior Gardener and Gardener.

Head Gardener

As a skilled horticulturalist with good plant knowledge and leadership skills, you’ll manage a team of gardening staff and volunteers to care for at least one garden, making sure it has a strong spirit of place and leaves a lasting impression on visitors. 


Working within a team of gardening staff and volunteers, you’ll usually be responsible for the presentation of at least one area of a garden, whilst having the opportunity to build a wide range of new skills, supported by your colleagues. 

Garden Consultant

As an experienced horticulturalist who is passionate about historic gardens, you’ll support multiple gardens and parks in one region, advising on horticultural best practice, plant collections care, design, research and management.

Gardening people

  • Volunteer Margaret


    Gardens Consultant

    I’ve worked in horticulture for 30 years, including a spell as a National Trust Head Gardener, and have developed many skills that I can now use to support other gardeners. A brilliant aspect of my work is the diversity of experience it provides, whether I’m helping with planting schemes, development projects, recruitment, conservation, engagement, plant health or compost bays, it’s all challenging and hugely rewarding. I also really enjoy having the opportunity to connect with so many incredible places and the people who care for them.

  • Volunteer Margaret



    I work as a propagator for the Plant Conservation Centre where we propagate rare and important plants to help conserve our living collections. I’ve also worked as a Gardener and Senior Gardener for the National Trust. Every day is different and varied which has helped me develop a wide range of skills. I love working for an organisation which embodies my ethics and is working towards positive change in so many areas. I feel privileged to be able to work in and with nature and to be able to help preserve so many beautiful and important landscapes. 

  • Volunteer Margaret


    Senior Gardener

    I love working for the National Trust because I get to spend each day at a really special place, and work alongside talented, knowledgeable, committed and friendly people. I enjoy using a combination of technical skills, knowledge and creativity to help conserve these places, for everyone. I can see the impact I have each day, and it’s rewarding to hear from visitors how they have enjoyed and connected with the garden. There are lots of opportunities to make a difference for both present and future generations.

  • Volunteer Margaret



    I’ve worked for the National Trust for 16 years and enjoy being creative in an outdoor environment, especially fruit tree training and topiary. I’ve benefitted from the National Trust’s training programmes, which includes visiting many other gardens. I enjoy interacting with the public about the work I’m doing and the property I work at, as well as seeing others appreciate the work we do, and sharing my knowledge with our volunteers. I love the sense of community and feel proud to work for an organisation which aligns with my values and invests in conservation.

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