What is a Garden Rover?
Garden Rovers are part of the Visitor Welcome Team. Garden Rovers are responsible for providing an excellent visitor experience in Colby Woodland Garden. They deliver information to visitors about the garden and visitor facilities, helping make their visit really enjoyable. They provide a reassuring friendly face and point of contact in the gardens for our visitors, roaming the gardens and identifying visitors that need help or potential problems. This is an outdoors based role so please be aware that you will need suitable clothing for all weather conditions.
What’s in it for you?
- Becoming part of a friendly and dedicated team
- Meeting new people from all walks of life and making new friends
- Improving your confidence and communication skills
- Enjoying new experiences and learning something new every day
- Volunteering in the beautiful Colby Woodland Garden!
- Engaging with visitors, providing a warm friendly welcome to Colby Woodland Garden and being the public face of the National Trust
- Learning about Colby Woodland Garden as a whole, including a basic history of the gardens and estate
- Helping visitors to discover more by answering questions, sharing stories of the estate, sharing knowledge about the gardens and handing out leaflets as appropriate.
- Roaming the gardens and being the first point of contact for any visitor in need of help or information
- Helping visitors to discover more by being aware of National Trust membership and its benefits to our visitors
- Be aware of any arrangements for the special needs of disabled or less mobile persons and provide help and assistance as appropriate
- Enlightening visitors about the rules in place in the gardens if they are not following them correctly
- Becoming familiar with and then following the National Trust’s Health and Safety Policy at all times
Giving any other appropriate assistance in relation to the project/role as may be reasonably requested
This role will suit people who…enjoy being outdoors, have an enthusiastic and friendly manner, enjoy meeting people, have the passion to learn new skills and information, and who are proactive and happy to chat to our visitors.
Colby Woodland Garden, Pembrokeshire, Wales
Suggested time commitment:
Four hours a week (or more if you can), preferably weekends, March-October. Shifts are 10am-1pm and 1pm-4pm.
Membership and Visitor Welcome Supervisor
About the National Trust
Our purpose is to look after special places, for ever, for everyone. Growing the nation’s love of special places is how we do that, putting the relationship between people and places at the heart of what we do.
We look after historic houses, gardens, mills, coastline, forests, farmland, moorland, islands, castles, nature reserves, villages, pubs and even a goldmine. But we do so much more too. We run a vast retail chain and a 151-strong outlet catering business. And because most of the work we do is affected by wider global issues, our interests extend far beyond just bricks, mortar and land in our care. We speak up on big issues affecting the coast, countryside and heritage. And all the while we’re welcoming around 19 million visitors a year. It’s a quite a task.
About Colby Woodland Garden
Colby Woodland Garden is situated on the eastern edge of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, a mile from the traditional small seaside resort of Amroth. The 8.5 acre site consists of an enclosed meadow (a level area) nestling in a wooded valley (steep sided sloping area) with extensive informal, Himalayan type planting. The main horticultural interest is found through the West Wood. There is a considerable collection of Rhododendron species and varieties, many of a significant age, with plantings going back to the 1900s. These introduced specimens that integrate well with the natural displays of Bluebells, Wood Anemones, and Snowdrops. The multi-layered canopy of the woodland trees offer varying levels of light and shade throughout the year. On the opposite side of the valley, the East Wood consists of mixed woodland of mainly native species including the rare Wild Service tree and a strong contingent of very attractive old Oaks.
There is also a reception/shop, walled garden, tea room and second hand bookshop for visitors to enjoy. Colby Lodge, the main residence on the estate, is not open as tenants live there.