Projects across the Trellis network are often looking for volunteers. Below is a current list of volunteering opportunities across Scotland ( last reviewed 7/7/17). 

If you have some time and skills to share with others please have a look at the volunteering opportunities listed below or contact other gardening projects directly via the Trellis Directory of Therapeutic Gardening Projects.

If you can't see any projects in your local area, then please email Jenny at the Trellis office who can suggest further therapeutic gardening projects that encourage volunteering.

Here in the Trellis office we also need volunteers from time to time to help with administrative, website or fundraising work. Email or call to find out about current opportunities.

Volunteers get a lot out of their work:
"It's really helping my concentration."           "It's nice to feel useful."

Volunteer Scotland  volunteer management good practice, training and resources for your organisation - see the Volunteer Scotland webpages
The RHS is seeking mentors for the 2017 Green Plan It Challenge for Secondary Schools
The Green Plan It Challenge is a ten week project during the Autumn term (September - December) for S2 and S3 pupils to imagine and design a garden for their school or a new outdoor community space.  Teams of up to six students work with a mentor to carry out research before building a model of their chosen garden to bring their ideas to life.  At the end of the challenge, students compete against other local schools and present their designs at a local celebration event.  This is a national programme with 8 Challenges running in hubs around the UK, including Edinburgh.  
How can you help?
We are looking for mentors with experience in the horticulture, landscape architecture and garden design industries,  to help guide small teams of students through the ten week challenge. Being a mentor is an opportunity to help young people learn about the world of plants and challenge their perception of horticulture. Over 100 mentors took part last year and 92% felt the project was relevant to the needs of the horticulture industry and 78% felt the project was relevant to their own professional development.
Each mentor will work with their school team providing them with inspiration, guidance and practical tips from their own experience. Mentors are encouraged to spend at least one hour a week of time supporting the students.
The RHS will recruit and train all mentors, carry out relevant DBS or PVG checks and match mentors with local school teams.  Although our hub is at Edinburgh this year, we have schools from across the central belt participating.
To find out more or sign up, please visit https://schoolgardening.rhs.org.uk/11-19-years/Green-Plan-It/Mentors or contact scotland@rhs.org.uk

Market Garden Volunteers
We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to assist with our Market Garden in the RBGE Nursery, developed specifically to grow crops for use in the Botanics’ catering outlets including the Gateway Restaurant and Terrace Café.
The Market Garden is supported by Sodexo Prestige.
.  Assisting with general garden maintenance including weeding, sowing, planting, and watering.  
.  Harvesting crops and helping with deliveries on site.
.  Landscaping and digging new vegetable beds.
Further information can be found here.
The role is from 6 September 2017 to 25 October 2017. We are looking for help at the following times:
Wednesdays  10.00am – 3.00pm
Application information
If you wish to make an application, please complete the  volunteer application form and return this by email to jpaul@rbge.org.uk before 31st August 2017 indicating Market Gardening in the subject line.
If you have not heard from anyone by 7 September 2017, you must assume that your application has not been successful.

Ninewells Community Garden, Dundee 
We are a therapeutic garden set in the grounds of Ninewells Hospital. We work with a wide range of volunteers and organisations throughout Dundee, as well as within the hospital.  Last year we worked with over 350 people and had over 2500 hours of volunteering!

To support the growth of the garden, we are developing a small number of groups to help develop the following areas:

Garden development
Events and promotion
Funding and finance
Volunteer development

We are looking for volunteers who have an interest in community / therapeutic gardening, but who don’t necessarily want to do the weeding!  Your involvement will help develop the garden and activities; ensuring that both visitors and volunteers can benefit from the tranquil surroundings, opportunities to learn and strength of our community.

In return, you will gain practical experience of a thriving community garden; a chance to develop new skills; support from our volunteer network - and fresh, seasonal produce!  We expect the time commitment to be no more than 3 hours per week, with occasional meetings at the garden.

We are also looking for volunteers for our summer open day on Sunday the 13th of August from 1-4pm.

Our open day has grown every year, and this year we’re hoping for the biggest yet!  We are looking for general help (setting up, tea tent, plant sales etc), or you may like to put on an activity, give a talk, have a stall, sell some produce, lead a walk - we are open to suggestions!  We are also looking for donations of plants, produce and home baking for the big day.  In return we will feed you with tea and cake and ply you with plants and produce.

Come to one of our workshops or volunteer days

Saturday 22nd July 2017 2-4.30pm Whistle Making Workshop with Ken Bambury

Saturday 29th July 2017 10am-3pm Volunteer Day.  A day in the garden for volunteers and anyone interested in volunteering. This month we will be focusing on getting the garden ready for our open day - so plenty of weeding, sign writing and tidying up! We'll have lunch together at 12.30pm - please bring something to share if you are able. Come for all or part of the day. Tea, coffee etc provided.

If interested in any of the above, we would love to hear from you - your input could make a real difference email facilitator@ninewellsgarden.org.uk or phone 0754 074 6075 find us on Facebook at


Do you have a few hours a week to spare?
Do you want to be part of the Seaview Friends Gardening Team?

Seaview is a residential and respite unit for children and young people with disabilites in Edinburgh. We are looking for Garden volunteers to commit to a few hours a week to work with the Therapeutic Gardener and other volunteers. Gardening experience is not essential but an interest in learning and been part of a team is helpful. The role will involve helping to maintain a beautiful, fun and relaxing garden for children and young people, staff, parents and visitors at Seaview. Tasks will change with the seasons and may include; weeding, planting, propagation, pruning, watering, digging and creative projects.

We are also looking for new committee members.

Seaview Garden, Bingham, Edinburgh, EH15 3HZ
For more information e-mail laura.nason@hotmail.co.ukor christinaburnett@live.co.uk


Volunteer Horticulturalist/Gardener - Team Leaders and Mentors
Hunter Community Gardening, East Kilbride

To lead, train and develop a small group of volunteers working to develop and improve community gardens within East Kilbride, under the supervision of our head gardener / horticulturalist.

You will be an experienced horticulturalist / gardener with a passion to mentor and develop others to help them develop an interest in horticulture and experience the improvements in mental and physical well-being which horticulture can provide.
You will lead a small group of volunteers and help them to learn horticultural skills, passing on you knowledge skills to them, ensuring that they work safely and have an enjoyable experience while volunteering.
You will be part of a Horticulture Task Force.  The first task will be to develop a first class educational, but aesthetically pleasing, community garden.  Tasks will involve a full range of horticultural skills including, but not limited to, plant nurture, pruning, preparation and maintenance of planting beds, lawn care and improvement, design of planting schemes and building soft landscaping features.
You will work under the direction of our Head Horticulturalists who will be able to provide support and advice.

You will have experience (and ideally a qualification) in horticulture, and a knowledge of key horticultural practices, gained either professionally or domestically.  Ideally you will have experience in coaching/mentoring and developing others and an empathic of working with people of different, and all, abilities.  

Want to find out more?  Give us a call on 07704371299 or email info@huntercommunitygardening.org.uk
Facebook: @HunterCommunityGardening

Volunteer Horticulturalists / Gardeners
Hunter Community Gardening, East Kilbride
Come and be part of a group of volunteers working to develop and improve community gardens within East Kilbride

We are looking for people to join our team to help develop a community garden and at the same time we hope you will develop an interest in horticulture and experience the improvements in mental and physical well-being which horticulture can provide.
You will be part of a Gardening Task Force.  The first task will be to develop a first class educational, but aesthetically pleasing, community garden in East Kilbride.  Tasks will involve a full range of horticultural practice including, but not limited to, plant nurture, pruning, preparation and maintenance of planting beds, lawn care and improvement, design of planting schemes and building soft landscaping features.
You will be supported by our Head Horticulturalists or Volunteer Team Leaders who will provide training, support and advice at all times.  We aim to work in partnership with volunteers and other agencies to provide skill and knowledge development opportunities which will, where possible, lead to additional qualifications.  Internally we also aim to develop volunteers, if they wish, to take on additional responsibility as they feel able.                   

No experience is required.  We will provide any training and coaching necessary.          

Want to find out more?  Give us a call on 07704371299 or email info@huntercommunitygardening.org.uk
Facebook: @HunterCommunityGardening


Help at Lesmahagow Allotments, Tuesdays 4 and 18 July and 1, 8 and 22 Aug, 10.30am-12.30pm. Take part in some general environmental volunteering activities every second Tuesday. Tools are provided but please wear weather appropriate clothing. Please contact CCI to book a place or for further details on 01555 664 211 or enquiries@cciweb.org.uk

Volunteer at Castlebank Park, Lanark, Tuesdays 11 July and 15 Aug, 10.30am-2pm. Interested in gardening? Then why don't you come along and take part in some fun gardening sessions with Lanark Community Development Trust and Clydesdale Community Initiatives to help maintain this beautiful area. All tools will be provided. Please wear weather appropriate clothing. Please contact CCI to book a place or for further details on 01555 664 211 or enquiries@cciweb.org.uk

Ladywell Community Network, Livingston, West Lothian 
The Heatherbank gardening group are looking for volunteers with planting and plant knowledge to help with their garden. If you can help please contact Cathy McFarlane via Ladywell Communuity Network at http://www.ladywellnn.co.uk/


Forfar Open Garden in Angus is blooming!
They are  keen to recruit  new board members, collaborate with local likeminded projects and can also take therapeutic gardening referrals. To find out more contact Gordon


HOPE Organic Garden, Arbroath is currently looking to recruit a TREASURER to join their Board of Trustee’s. Experience in accountancy/booking keeping/or finance is required. Payroll services are administered through VAA.
The HOPE garden provides horticultural experience for adults with learning disabilities in Angus and has been in existence for over 20 years, providing a safe and secure learning environment.  We currently employ 5 staff including 2 young people through the Community Jobs Employability programme.
If you would like more information or would like to have an informal chat about this role please contact Sandra Stewart on 01241 430499 (evenings) or email sandi.stewart@hotmail.co.uk
HOPE Garden SCIO is a Scottish Charity - SCO20928

Shop, bus driving and gardening volunteers welcome at HOPE Organic Garden, Westway, Arbroath DD11 2NH
For further information on a variety of opportunities see  

Please contact Sandra Stewart on 01241 430499 or e-mail sandi.stewart@hotmail.co.uk or enquire at our shop or at Voluntary Action Angus, Guthrie Port, Arbroath.


 We are Volunteer Friendly!
 Ninewells Community Garden, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee have been awarded the volunteer friendly award by the Volunteer Centre Dundee. This award recognises the work that voluntary organisations do to support their volunteers, ensuring they have a rich and rewarding experience.

We are always looking for volunteers, whether it’s a regular commitment, or a few hours here and there.  We have a few options throughout the week as well as a monthly Saturday and Sunday.

Each session usually involves a variety of seasonal gardening tasks (weeding, sowing, planting, taking cuttings, developing garden areas, planting hedges, compost making, veg and flower growing etc.)  No experience is necessary, all sessions are very informal - just dress appropriately (sturdy footwear and anorak) - we’ll provide the tea and biscuits!  

Gardening is a great way to keep fit and meet new people -
You can find out more from our Facebook page www.facebook.com/ninewellsgarden        


Live-in Volunteers, South West Scotland
Lothlorien (Rokpa Trust)
is a Buddhist influenced therapeutic community for people with mental health problems. Quiet  rural setting in S. W. Scotland. Daily programme includes organic vegetable gardening, relaxation, cooking, crafts etc. 
We need full time live-in volunteers for minimum of 6 months.
For further details see www.lothlorien.tc  or phone   01644 440602

Green Routes: Employment Support Volunteers
Green Routes is a registered charity offering hands-on training in horticulture and an alternative to classroom based education for young people with additional support needs. The focus of our training includes horticulture, employability skills and independent living skills.
Our employability programme is now looking for volunteers within the Stirlingshire area to support our students on a variety of work placements. If you enjoy working with young people and supporting them to develop valuable employability skills, we would be delighted to hear from you.
To find out more please contact our Employability Support Manager: Jean Gavin
Green Routes (Stirling) Ltd, The Walled Garden, Gartmore House, Gartmore, Stirling, FK8 3RS
01877 389082
Registered Charity SC 039334


Rosie's Garden, Perth
Garden Volunteers Needed!!

Our Garden Project is growing and we need your help!
Turning Point Scotland, Perth & Kinross, support adults with learning disabilities in a range of settings.
One of our newest ventures is the development of Rosie’s Garden at our office on Shore Road.
As this expands we are seeking the involvement of a couple of volunteers…
We feel we can provide a stimulating experience that will benefit individuals seeking to give something back to the community, expand on volunteering experience or learning disability experience.

Are you:
•    A keen gardener?
•    reliable and knowledgeable?
•    someone who would like to volunteer to help us look after our garden development?
Can you:
•    Help maintain our gardens
•    assist in leading garden based activities that those we support take part in.
•    provide advice and guidance on specific gardening tasks such as:

We are not asking volunteers to take on a support workers role as the people we support who attend the garden will be accompanied by staff.
What do you need to do? Register your interest with us by phoning 01738 639950

What then? You will be asked to attend the office to have a look around our garden. We will then arrange to go through a brief, basic interview process and ask you to complete a Volunteer Register form.  The people we support would be wholly involved in recruiting volunteers and applicants can expect to meet service users during the recruitment period.   
What else? Any volunteers who become involved would be required to register with the PVG Scheme (Protection of Vulnerable Groups). This cost would be met by the Scottish Government.  

What can Rosie’s Garden offer you? The opportunity to be involved with an exciting new venture in Perth.  All volunteers can expect to participate in Induction and other training events, have a Volunteer Agreement and receive regular Support & Supervision meetings.

Turning Point Scotland      -      A Registered Scottish Charity SCO28827


Want to muck in?
Do you have an interest in gardening?

Move More Macmillan are looking for volunteers to help support people living with cancer get involved with their garden programme in Dundee. For more information or to volunteer call Macmillan Exercise Referral Coordinator 01382 432259 or email ryana.rogowsky@leisureandculturedundee.com


Greenthumbs Gardening Volunteers @ The Hidden Gardens, Glasgow
Good gardening skills ?
Free on a Weds 10 – 1pm ?
Enjoy working as part of a team or on your own?
Able to carry out simple DIY tasks ?

Come and help maintain our beautiful community greenspace – Scotland’s sanctuary gardens  dedicated to peace - open to all  - in the heart of Scotland’s most diverse community – 3 minutes by train from Glasgow Central.
Share Skills. Meet people. Keep Healthy.  Have fun !
Interested ? Please  Contact Andrea  Tel:  0141 433 2722 or email: andrea@thehiddengardens.org.uk
The Hidden Gardens 25A Albert Drive, Glasgow G41 2PE

Are you interested in gardening?
Have some time to spare?
Changing career and looking to gain practical gardening experience in a therapeutic educational environment?
Balnacraig School, Perth are seeking a Volunteer Gardening Assistant
to assist the Therapeutic Gardener (TG) create a working, educational gardening environment for pupils with behavioural support needs.
The role involves general gardening and preparation of gardening materials for educational projects under the guidance of the TG: Everything from soil preparation to seed sowing, planting out, watering, harvesting, pruning and landscaping tasks such as digging, barrowing etc.
Looking for
·         A practical person, good with tools and equipment.
·         Some knowledge/experience of gardening and plants is desirable. 
·         Physically fit
·         Excellent listening & social skills 
This position is subject to a PVG disclosure check and in-house vetting (2 referees required).
Balnacraig encourages and supports volunteers to achieve their personal goals through supervision, development discussions and recognising & celebrating individual contribution. 
For further information, please contact Jo West
Phone 01738 636456
Balnacraig School, Perth PH2 7AR 
An independent special school for 11-17yr olds http://balnacraig.org.uk/   

Help Yourself Grow’ in Glasgow are looking for therapeutic gardening volunteers to support the delivery of gardening training to young people with a learning disability. The training takes place each Tuesday and Friday and is led by a horticultural trainer and co-trainer, sessions running from 10-1pm. If you are interested in finding out a little more about this opportunity please contact: pauline@thehiddengardens.org.uk
More information can also be found at www.fair-deal.org

Love being outdoors?  Love your local woodland? 
Join the new Mauldslie Woods Volunteering Team
Working in Mauldslie Woods in all seasons.  Come along, learn new skills, make friends and have fun whilst carrying out a programme of practical woodland conservation and management tasks
Every first Thurs of the month, 10:15am – 3:00pm
To attend contact colleen@cciweb.org.uk or call  01555 664211


Volunteers needed for Letham Allotments, Perth
Is anyone with gardening skills  interested in being a volunteer at the allotment sites in Letham. This is a great community project . Their hours are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 10am and 3pm. Any support would be fantastic.
They have two allotments to run and are working with 3 local primary schools at the moment, a PUSH project is working there and they have plot holders who can sometimes do with a wee hand to keep things going if they take ill etc.
If you are interested please phone Linda Cook on  07474 741115, email lethamclimatechallenge@gmail.com  or pop into the Swap Shop same days and times. 35- 39 Garth Avenue, Letham, PH1 2LG.


Cyrenians, Edinburgh
Love being in the Garden?
Have some free time at the weekend?
The Cyrenians have community gardens at The Royal Edinburgh Hospital and Midlothian Commnuity Hospital, volunteers welcome. For more information see 


Move More Gardening Volunteers, Edinburgh
Why we need you?
Move More wants to make sure that everyone affected by cancer has access to appropriate physical activity opportunities and we need your help to achieve this. Macmillan Cancer Support is working with Edinburgh Leisure to support people affected by cancer to take the first steps to become more active.
We are looking for volunteers to help us deliver our gardening activities for people affected by cancer.
You don’t need to have any prior gardening experience or knowledge, we are looking for someone to co-ordinate our group and be the main support person for the group. You will meet the participants each week at the same time and location, assist them during the session and facilitate a tea/coffee chat after the gardening session.
We hope to have two locations the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and Wauchope Community Garden in Craigmillar. If you would like further information please contact David Baird, Macmillan Move More Edinburgh Project Assistant, email davidbaird@edinburghleisure.co.uk 
phone  0131 458 2190


The Concrete Garden, Glasgow many volunteering opportunities at the Concret Garden. Further details online at http://www.concretegarden.org.uk/volunteering/


St Ninian’s Stay and Play Family Support Group, Dundee
Can You help us with our Garden Please?
We are a voluntary family support group, working alongside 24 families with children in the 0-4 year age range, which has a small easily accessible garden, that we are unable to upkeep. Over the last year we have grown vegetables but they tend to be ready during school holidays, and the group doesn’t operate during school holidays.
The garden is approximately 7metres x 3 metres and if possible we would like to grow flowers. The children could then see flowers growing and the parents could take some to enjoy at home.
Access to the garden is open so a volunteer would not need keys etc to reach it. The gardener could choose which flowers they would like to grow and design their own lay out for the garden. The Group would buy the materials needed for the garden, and provide tools.
We would be delighted if we could share this garden with someone who would like to garden and look forward to hearing from you. If this would suit you please either email stniniansstayandplay@gmail.com or phone 07712 331124
Many thanks for taking the time to read this I hope to hear from you soon
Kathy Dunn, Group Leader , St. Ninian’s Stay and Play Family Support Group


Gardening Volunteer
Belmont Lane & Alderman Road, Coach House Trust , Glasgow
Working within our busy gardens sites, in a supportive capacity alongside service users the volunteer role involves a range of activities including growing vegetables, herbs and flowers, composting and worm composting. This position would be ideal for someone who already has experience of working within a horticulture environment with vulnerable groups such as, learning disability, mental ill health, homelessness etc. however this experience is not essential as training will be provided. This is a great opportunity for you to contribute your existing skills and knowledge to others within a therapeutic environment and to become part of the wider CHT team.
You will receive an induction and day to day guidance and support from a staff member. You will also have the opportunity to participate in training including mentoring skills, mental health awareness, group working and risk awareness. Applicants for this position will be required to
complete a PVG (Protection of Vulnerable Groups) check. This will not incur any cost to the volunteer.
Applicants for this position are required to be available for a minimum of 1 day or more per week, from 9.30am until 4.30pm, and preferably be available for a minimum of six months after the initial trial period. We are looking for a volunteer with:
Knowledge and Understanding

  • Knowledge of horticulture, tools and equipment
  • Understanding of organic growing methods and health and safety in the garden
  • Knowledge of community resilience nurturing bio-diversity

Skill and Abilities

  • Ability to communicate with vulnerable adults with additional support needs
  • To work as a member of a team or independently when necessary
  • A clean UK driving licence (desirable but not essential)

Personal Attributes

  • Positive, self-motivated and enthusiastic
  • Reliable
  • Willing to learn and develop

Phone 0141 334 6888  email info@thecht.co.uk  online at www.thecht.co.uk  
The Coach House Trust, 84 Belmont Lane, Kelvinside, Glasgow, G12 8EN


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