Volunteering Opportunities


Projects across the Trellis network are often looking for volunteers to fill a variety of roles.

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

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


Opportunities Available


Express Group (Fife) Ltd

Positon: Volunteer

Express Express Group (Fife) Ltd is a mental health charity operating in Fife for almost 50 years. We provide group activities and one to one work for people over 18 experiencing poor mental health. Groups meet once a week or a few times per week in: Dunfermline, Inverkeithing, Lochgelly, Glenrothes, Kirkcaldy, Methil, Cupar and St Andrews. At our groups participants receive a light breakfast of toast and tea/coffee (bottomless) and a simple lunch at the end. Groups run from 9.30am until 1.00pm. Activities are decided by the participants and include playing board games, doing arts and crafts, doing crosswords and other puzzles, playing bingo, or just sitting and chatting with old and new friends.


There is also a garden group in St Andrews operating March-October. All other groups opened again in October 2021, Express Group (Fife) Ltd have just started a new group in Methil and now are looking to start garden group again. The group has an allotment plot in Kinburn Park (next to the tennis club). We are now looking for a Volunteer who could offer their skills and knowledge for 4 hours per week on Thursdays 9:30 - 1:00pm. There is always a Group Coordinator facilitating the group and very often also a Case Worker who can work 1 to 1 with service users when needed. Lunch is provided and “sponsored” by local Morrison.

Click Here to visit the Express Group (Fife) Ltd website for more information. 


Gardeners Urgently Needed!
Based at the beautiful and historic Megginch Castle Estate by Errol, Perthshire we are looking for enthusiastic gardeners to help maintain our section of the Walled Garden.  We have very kindly been gifted the use of this piece of land for the Starfish Way where we work with young people with varied Additional Support Needs.  We are urgently looking for gardeners to help us maintain and develop this area as well as experienced gardeners who would be willing to work alongside our fabulous young people and share their knowledge and expertise. 
If either of these opportunities is of interest to you, please contact us at office@pkdofe.com or call 01738 627455 / 07951 557979 for more details.  Expenses and refreshments will be provided! 
Experienced Gardeners Required
Based in Errol, Perthshire, we are looking for gardeners to work in the gardens of Megginch Castle Estate.  The estate is used by several charity and community groups, including ourselves and we would like to repay the kindness and generosity shown to us by helping recruit volunteers to help maintain and enhance the historic grounds which are home to a national collection of heritage apples and pears, walled, rose and physic gardens and giant redwoods.  It is a serene and tranquil environment that recharges the soul, a gardener’s paradise!  
Please contact us at office@pkdofe.com or call 01738 627455 / 07951 557979 for more information. 

Role                                  Volunteer Cook
Organisation                    Cyrenians
Location                            Edinburgh
Type of Contract              Part time
Hours of Work                  Wednesdays from 10.00 until 13.00
How to apply                     rachelhelms@cyrenians.scot


Role                                    Volunteer Events Assistant
Organisation                      Cyrenians
Location                             Edinburgh
Type of Contract               This opportunity is only available for young people from 16 to 30 years old

Link to job on Website     Please register directly with Project Scotland
0131 226 0700 and ask for Ursula



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  07474741115, email lethamclimatechallenge@gmail.com  or pop into the Swap Shop same days and times. 35- 39 Garth Avenue, Letham, PH1 2LG.

Move More Macmillan
Want to muck in?
Do you have an interest in gardening?

We are looking for volunteers to help us support people living with cancer get involved with our garden programme in Dundee. For more information or to volunteer call Macmillan Exercise Referral Coordinator 01382 432259 or email chrisbaily@leisureandculturedundee.com 


Love being in the Garden?
Have some free time at the weekend?

Then you might be interested in volunteering this summer with Cyrenians at our two Community Gardens. 

Email volunteer@cyrenians.scot or call us on 0131 475 2670.

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 in summer 2016, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and Wauchope Community Garden in Craigmillar. If you would like further information please contact Jodi McGinty, Macmillan Move More Edinburgh Project Assistant, email jodimcginty@edinburghleisure.co.uk 
phone  0131 458 2190

Seaview Sensory Garden, Edinburgh EH15
We are looking for some volunteers to help in our garden . We have a qualified gardener working with us who also involves children and staff in the project .
We would like volunteers to commit to a few hours per week on a seasonal basis .
Volunteers do not have to have experience but an interest in learning and being part of a team .
Further information from Christina 07836 561 118

Live-in Volunteers Wanted, 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

Volunteer Midlothian are looking for an Environmental Support Volunteer, Dalkeith Country Park.
Looking for a career in therapeutic horticulture/gardening or leading activities in the outdoors?
We need outgoing and enthusiastic people to assist with delivering volunteering sessions with the Midlothian Growing Project. We need individuals who are interested in working with people who may have a diverse range of needs. Volunteers will help deliver activities, providing instruction and guidance to other volunteers.
This role is varied and will involve supporting others to feel comfortable and get involved in gardening, joinery, landscaping, garden design and other tasks. All tasks will be explained in advance and with reference to health and safety. Activities could include food growing, wildlife gardening, wood working, assisting with workshops and garden open days. Key to the project is the enjoyment of volunteers who attend our group. Experience of working in a support or caring role and/or knowledge and experience of horticulture, landscaping, joinery, garden design is an advantage but not essential.
Volunteers are mainly required for our Friday sessions 1.30-3.30pm at Dalkeith Country Park but other times may be available.
Contact Kat Dunlop on 0131 660 1216 or email Katrina@volunteermidlothian.org.uk for more information and an application pack.


Volunteer Poly Tunnel Adviser
Birchwood Highland Recovery Centre
is part of Birchwood Highland, a progressive charity based in the Highlands, which supports people through mental ill health towards mental wellbeing. At the Recovery Centre we seek to provide an alternative to institutional care, and to look at the whole person and not just their diagnosis.
We currently have a well-established garden which produces a variety of soft fruit and vegetables. To complement this we have purchased a small poly tunnel which we are in the process of establishing.
We are looking to recruit a volunteer with experience of poly tunnels to advise us on best produce to grow and the maintenance of it. The hours are negotiable but we would expect this to take up no more than one afternoon per week.
A disclosure from Disclosure Scotland would be required
For further details or to express interest please contact Duncan Macpherson at duncan.macpherson@birchwoodhighland.org.uk   or telephone 01463 716600  

Garden Volunteer Wanted, St Andrews
If you have enthusiasm and some gardening knowledge and would like to help some elderly care home  residents care for their garden,  please get in touch with us, here at the Trellis office email jenny@trellisscotland.org.uk   


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

Pennycook Court, Dundee DD1 4JL
The residents of Pennycook Court would like to do more with their raised beds. DO you have some gardening knowledge ? Able to lend a hand for a morning or afternoon a week? Can you help get the residents out and help to salvage geraniums (maybe already too late...), plant spring bulbs and plan the plots for next season.  There are 3 raised beds about 1.5 metres square and a few containers; enclosed and pretty shaded but looks like their bedding from this year did really well. One bed has been set up ready to plant with alpines (Dobbies donations): various gravels and rocks over membrane, it's perfect to plant into and will look great with just a few plants in it. Please contact  Sarah on 01382 646532,  sarah.lewis@homegroup.org.uk    for more information.

Volunteer Training

Volunteer Scotland is delivering a  new volunteering and employability training programme as part of Legacy 2014 in Forth Valley, Borders, North and South Lanarkshire and North Ayrshire. So, if you know anyone aged between 16 – 24 and not in full time education, training or employment and they want to try something new and exciting.They have just the thing. For more information on great volunteering opportunities and how to get a recognised Employability Award, just follow the link. Or contact them  direct on 01786 479593. http://www.volunteerscotland.net/about-us/current-projects/scotlands-best/


MacMillan Day Care, Dundee welcome volunteers to help patients enjoy the garden at Roxburghe House, palliative care centre. Please contact mandy.trickett@nhs.net for further information.

Dighty Connect is a volunteer-led project working along the Dighty Burn in Dundee, exploring ways to improve the green space through a mixture of conservation and cultural activities.
  Garden volunteers help to maintain the Dighty garden and grow a wide variety salads, vegetables, fruits and flowers.  With a focus on wildlife friendly gardening and using organic permaculture-inspired methods we focus each week on a different theme - composting, sowing, mulching, soil care etc.  Produce is shared between volunteers and the community centre cafe.
    Conservation volunteers work as part of a team to increase the biodiversity of the Dighty Burn and to monitor the Dighty’s environment by carrying out biological survey sessions.  Led by our conservation project worker, volunteers learn skills such as traditional scything, invasive species removal, and tree planting as well as map reading, foraging and cooking.
   Sessions usually last 2-3 hours and refreshments are provided.
For more information email enquiry@dightyconnect.org or call 01382 436932



Are you passionate about the benefits that gardens can have on wellbeing? 


Would you like to help us develop our garden and activities; ensuring that both visitors and volunteers can benefit from the tranquil surroundings, opportunities to learn and strength of our community?

Ninewells Community Garden is currently looking for new members of the board.  We are looking for new members with skills and experience to contribute to the planning and strategic development of the garden as it develops and who have an understanding of the role or therapeutic and community gardens.

Time commitment is generally no more than 3 hours per week, with a monthly evening meeting in Dundee.

We welcome all applications, but would be particularly interested in hearing from people with knowledge and skills in any of the following areas:

  • ·       Fundraising and finance
  • ·       Marketing and advertising 
  • ·       Horticultural Therapy



For a full role description or for more information please contact please contact Mary Colvin mary.colvin@nhs.net or Derek Ritchie derek.ritchie1@hotmail.co.uk

Residential Volunteers Wanted
Lothlorien (Rokpa Trust) is a Buddhist influenced therapeutic community for people with mental health problems. Quiet rural setting in South West Scotland. Daily programme includes organic vegetable gardening, cooking and relaxation.  We need full time live-in volunteers for minimum of 6 months. Phone  01644 440602 or email Kasia at lothlorien1@btopenworld.com. Website: www.lothlorien.tc

Urban Roots, Glasgow
For more information volunteering opportunities, please check the Urban Roots community garden page for details or contact projects@urbanroots.org.uk
phone  0141 613 2766