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Volunteer opportunity description

Kenwood House is a former stately home in Hampstead, London, on the northern boundary of Hampstead Heath. Surrounded by tranquil landscaped gardens, Kenwood is one of London's hidden gems.

Why does English Heritage need my support?

We are looking for volunteers to join the gardening team to help them record and monitor all new plants coming into the gardens at Kenwood House. You will also have a longer term aim to record any of the existing collection of plants that have not yet been recorded.

Where will I be based?

Kenwood House and Estate

Hampstead Lane

London  NW3 7JR

What will I be doing?      

As our plant recorder you’ll help us to maintain accurate records on the plants here at Kenwood House.  Tasks are varied but include:

  • recording all new plants that are purchased or brought on to site
  • setting up and maintaining plant movement forms to ensure effective management and recording of plant acquisitions
  • helping to make up plant labels
  • checking plants out in the grounds to ensure labels are attached and in good condition
  • learning how to use the English Heritage plant database, Iris BG, and manage entries for new and existing plants.

How much time will I be expected to give?   

We hope that you’ll volunteer regularly, ideally this would be for 3 hours each week, on a Tuesday but there is flexibility around this.

What will English Heritage expect from me?

  • To be the friendly face of English Heritage and deliver excellent customer service.
  • To be reliable in attendance and dependable.
  • Help us maintain the highest standards of presentation at our sites and properties.
  • To wear English Heritage volunteer uniform where provided.
  • Help us protect our properties and collections by understanding and following our security and safety procedures.
  • Maintain good working relationships with staff, other volunteers and members of the public.
  • Attend appropriate training and learn about the work of English Heritage.
  • Observe organisational policy and procedures.
  • Safeguard confidential information about English Heritage and let us know about anything relating to your role or the work of English Heritage that you think might be controversial.
  • Any documentary or other material (including any copyright applying thereto) you are provided with or created by you in respect of your volunteering will be the property and copyright of English Heritage (unless otherwise agreed in writing).

What can I expect from English Heritage?     

  • A welcoming and enjoyable experience.
  • To be treated fairly and with respect.
  • Recognition and appreciation for your contribution.
  • A full induction and training programme with on-going support.
  • A volunteer pass allowing free entry to English Heritage properties is available on completion of 60 hours and four months of volunteering.
  • Reimbursement of reasonable local travel costs between home and volunteering location within agreed limits.
  • A certificate to demonstrate work carried out for English Heritage is available on request to show future employers or further education providers.
  • You will be covered by English Heritage’s own indemnity arrangements in respect of all liabilities that may result from your appointment as a volunteer.


What skills, qualities and experience do I need?     

We are looking for confident, effective communicators who will be friendly and approachable.

Volunteers will:

  • have an interest in working in the historic garden environment and a basic level of horticultural knowledge

·         have an eye for detail and be computer literate

  • be happy to work as part of a small team as well as on your own
  • be happy to spend time on your feet, walking the site
  • be flexible and enthusiastic.

What support and training will I receive?

In preparation for the role and with our support, you’ll need to develop an understanding of English Heritage’s plant recording system and the gardens at Kenwood House.  Full training will be provided by English Heritage and will include:

  • familiarisation with site and staff
  • role-specific training with relevant staff
  • customer service training
  • health and safety training.

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