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Lytes Cary Manor is an intimate medieval manor house that tells the story of the two families that lived here. Home to the Lytes family for several centuries before they left and it fell into ...

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Garden Volunteer

Task · 4–8 hrs
Lytes Cary Manor (National Trust), Somerton, England TA11 7HU, United Kingdom
Nature & sustainabilityArt & culture
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Lytes Cary Manor (National Trust)
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Summary

Join us and do practical work to help keep Lytes Cary Manor's gardens in peak condition and looking eye-catching.

Detailed description

Role summary

If you love gardens as much as we do then you’ll know they need a lot of care and attention. Volunteer gardeners do practical work to help keep Lytes Cary Manor in peak condition and looking eye-catching.


What's involved? 

  • Helping the garden team with everyday practical tasks to keep the garden looking its best
  • Looking after garden machinery and equipment
  • Being a friendly face for visitors and answering any questions
  • Helping with projects like new planting or clearing overgrown areas
  • You are important in making sure things run as smoothly and safely as possible – this includes getting to know health and safety and evacuation procedures
  • There might occasionally be some other activities that are of interest to you, that we could use your help with.


This role will suit you if you...

  • Have confidence in dealing with the public, with good observation, negotiating, and listening skills.
  • Keen to work in a team
  • Happy to work outside in all weather
  • Interested in gardening and have a bit of experience
  • Reasonably fit – we aren’t talking Mo Farah, but you’ll be on your feet, bending and stretching during the day
  • Available at least once a fortnight
  • Are happy to be on site for a whole day shift from 9.30 – 3.00 pm
  • Enjoy being an active part of a staff and volunteer team.


By getting involved you could

  • Be an advocate for the National Trust and its work, actively looking after and engaging visitors with what we do and what is special about Lytes Cary Manor.
  • Gain great personal satisfaction, since you have the opportunity to make a real difference to our visitors’ experience.
  • Keep fit and healthy
  • Get your hands dirty and enjoy the great outdoors
  • Use your gardening know-how, and learn more
  • Be part of a varied and enthusiastic team and make new friends
  • Really enjoy a cup of tea – it tastes better after all that fresh air

What we will provide to volunteers

💸 Reimbursement of costs

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About Lytes Cary Manor (National Trust)

Lytes Cary Manor is an intimate medieval manor house that tells the story of the two families that lived here. Home to the Lytes family for several centuries before they left and it fell into disrepair, the Jenner’s bought it in 1907 and rescued it from decay.

The Jenner's restored the house in a 17th century style and adding on a new west wing, and the house as it stands today is filled with the collection they used when they lived here. The garden would have once been a very practical, working orchard, but much of the original garden was lost after the Lytes family sold the estate in 1755. When the Jenner family took up residence in 1907, Sir Walter and Lady Flora created a new garden. The design is inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement, and is laid out in 'rooms'.

Lytes Cary also has an estate of around 350 acres, with tenant farmers, a woodland walk, and a route encompassing the river Cary.