If you would like to come and be part of the regeneration of the garden and learn some new gardening skills and techniques, or come and share your gardening skills, we would be delighted to make you feel welcome.

There is lots to do at every skill level that allows a warm glow of pride at the end of a morning or afternoon and lots of chat at tea break!

To give an outline of what is involved along with the breadth of possibilities please read on. Volunteers are required to help maintain and take an active role in the many tasks involved during the creation of a developing garden. Although no previous experience or qualifications are required, essentially volunteers must like and have an interest in gardening.

As gardening is a seasonal vocation, the work involved will depend on what month the volunteer wishes to join us. If the volunteer was to join us for a month during the summer season, from May to September, the main tasks will involve the general upkeep of the Gardens/Estate to a high standard. Typical tasks include cutting grass and tidying borders, work in the green house, or the vegetable garden and pond. The painting work of outside structures in and out of the garden stretches onwards as the Forth Road bridge! Any and all painting work is welcomed.

All aspects of gardening are carried out at Rossie Estate’s Gardens and Grounds:

  • Bio-dynamic food production of all types of vegetables and of fruits including strawberries, raspberries, plums, apples and pears
  • Glasshouse work maintaining and growing conservatory plants plus growing seasonal fruit and veg under glass such as grapes, peaches, tomatoes and peppers
  • Tree work and woodland management
  • Cut flower borders
  • Herbaceous flower borders
  • Bulb Propagation
  • Walled Garden
  • Woodland Garden
  • Formal Gardens
  • Lawn maintenance
  • Nursery work growing on vegetables and plant material for the Gardens from seed and cuttings
  • Hedge cutting
  • Compost making
  • Maintaining a National Heritage Collection of Daffodils
  • Record keeping

As well as carrying out seasonal tasks such as collecting leaves for compost making or the pruning of trees and shrubs during the winter months of October to April, this is when the major work redeveloping the Gardens is carried out.

Your safety

Employee and volunteer safety is paramount at Rossie Estate. Familiarisation Training is given on all equipment and machines used for doing the job and a Risk Assessment carried before each task.