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Volunteer with us

Volunteering is a rewarding experience, whether you want to learn new skills, are considering pursuing a career in horticulture or simply want to meet new people.

volunteer with us

One Garden Brighton is proudly presented and managed by Plumpton College. A walled garden, rediscovered, reinvented and opened to the public for the first time. Rooted in the past, it focuses on inspiration for the future. Whether for eating, meeting, pleasure or plants, One Garden Brighton is a place for everyone, with things to discover every day. 

Thank you for expressing an interest to volunteer at One Garden Brighton. We hope that you will enjoy volunteering - our roles range from visitor welcome, helping our garden team, & supporting our events and education programmes.


  • Become part of the dedicated team who are passionate about One Garden Brighton
  • Showcase this unique and inspiring space to our visitors
  • Learn new skills and gain experience
  • Full training provided
  • Work in nature
  • Meet new people

The walled garden at Stanmer Park is a site of great local and historical importance. You will be part of a dedicated team bringing to life a free to enter destination with 12 themed gardens. It is a unique attraction, combining innovative and creative horticulture and enriching community spaces for local people.

Volunteer Gardens

Volunteer Opportunities

Garden & Glasshouses

To volunteer in the gardens and glasshouses, you will be required to complete a FREE RHS Level 1 Practical Horticulture course. It is an 8 week course, the first week will be in the garden every day 10-3pm, then weeks 2-8 will be half a day based on your availability.


  • Varied horticultural practices on the One Garden Brighton site
  • Assist with planting and establishing plants General upkeep of the public areas
  • Production skills to produce plants for sale - Award in Retail
  • Knowledge of plants in the garden for sale - Award in Customer Service
  • Training on how to engage with our visitors

The course will be based at One Garden Brighton. Please see below for how to register. Please note if you have a Level 2 or above in a related field, the course is optional, and you can instead register directly as a gardens volunteer.

Additional Volunteer Opportunities

Visitor Welcome, Events & Education

You will provide a warm welcome to the gardens and enjoy engaging with our visitors in a meaningful way, answering questions and promoting the values of One Garden Brighton.

You may also be asked to help with tours of the garden and will be happy to answer any questions from our visitors about the garden, the link with Plumpton College and our horticulture education offerings.

Volunteer Events Visitor Welcome

Events & Holiday Activities

You will work with a friendly team of volunteers who are all passionate about nature and learning. All of our activities have an educational, horticultural focus. You will enjoy working with children and adults in a busy and creative environment.

Example activities:

  • Wildflower seed planting 
  • Wildflower seed stars & nature exploring binoculars
  • Garden discovery hunts 
Volunteer Events Holiday Activities

Education Events

You will work alongside our Learning and Outreach Officer to deliver a range of engaging and accessible activities to our community.

Example activities:

  • One Garden Brighton pop-ups
  • Horticulture planting activities
  • Seasonal garden tours 
Volunteer Education Events

Additional Information

Time Commitment

The time commitment for our volunteering roles is flexible, we will work around your availability. Roughly speaking, garden & glasshouse volunteer is half a day minimum commitment and for our events volunteer is a minimum of 3 hours per day.

Volunteer Benefits

We hope that all volunteers feel that what they are doing is important and beneficial to both the One Garden Brighton community and to themselves. We also offer a range of rewards and benefits for all our volunteers.

  • 15% Discount at One Kitchen - seated dining experience
  • 15% Discount at One Market - fresh local produce, gifts & plant sales
  • A full induction process and tour of the themed gardens


For any questions, please email