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Volunteer at Sharpham

Volunteer at Sharpham and enjoy gratifying, outdoor experiences in a beautiful settingAs a volunteer you can make a real difference to The Sharpham Trust. And you’ll learn or burnish skills at the same time.

You’ll be part of a friendly, sociable family of people who help in our historic and tranquil gardens and Estate, who assist in our Archive or support our events.

We run weekly volunteer days that give you the chance to meet new people, learn a new skill, connect with nature and get active in beautiful and inspiring surroundings alongside the River Dart in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

At the moment, we’re also recruiting volunteers to take part in our Green Oak Bench project and our Heritage Lottery Fund supported project Discovering Sharpham.

Opportunities to experience Sharpham Estate close up

 

Volunteer in our gardensGet gardening at Sharpham - Tuesdays, 9.30am:

If you want to learn more about gardening, tree-care and horticulture, you might like to join our team of garden volunteers.

You can stay all or half a day, joining in all kinds of active, hands-on tasks to be done in our 18th century walled garden, our formal gardens (designed by Percy Cane) or our sublime woodland gardens.

You don’t need experience - our gardener Jesse Hammond will give guidance each week. Plus you’ll enjoy a warm lunch with the Sharpham team.

Become a nature conservation volunteerContribute to our Estate's conservation - Thursdays, 10am:

If you like gratifying, physical work outdoors, you can help us with the conservation of the Sharpham’s breath-taking parkland – thought to have been laid out by England’s most famous landscaper Capability Brown – which surrounds Sharpham House, a Grade 1-listed Georgian villa.

Our conservation volunteers meet by the Withy Pool. No experience is necessary as guidance will be given by our partners Ambios.

Help us conserve Sharpham's history Help save our history - Tuesdays or Thursdays, 10am:

Sharpham’s rich heritage needs exploring preserving, and our archive volunteers help us do that admirably.

If you’re interested in history, and are keen to research, collate, identify and catalogue Sharpham photos, artefacts and memories, this is for you. You’ll join the Sharpham staff for a warm lunch on Tuesdays too.

Join in our events and Open Days - throughout the year:Join in our events

We regularly invite the public to explore the history and the beautiful grounds of Sharpham.

On our open days, visitors can join in fun activities, tour the historic Georgian house or just enjoy the scenery. These events are fun and sociable and require extra help: from assisting in the café & kitchen to helping to run activities and workshops.

If you want to support us on these days, you’ll get a free lunch and some time to enjoy the event itself.

From time to time we also offer other, themed volunteer projects. If you sign up as a volunteer, you’ll be the first to hear.

Garden volunteers: Tuesdays from 9.30am.

Archive volunteers: Tuesdays or Thursdays from 10am.

Conservation volunteers: Thursdays, from 10am.


 

We volunteer because we love nature and being outdoors in the beautiful Sharpham Estate”

There are all kinds of tasks to be done but experience is not necessary as our gardener Jesse Hammond provides instructions and guidance about what needs to be done.

It provides us the opportunity to experience a variety of gardening experiences and learn new gardening skills”

We feel part of something (Sharpham team) when we volunteer and it is great to feel that we can make a useful contribution”

Retreats & Events
Sharpham Green Oak Bench Project (with artist Peter Lanyon) - Day 1 of 7 in March & April

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Sharpham Green Oak Bench Project (with artist Peter Lanyon) - Day 1 of 7 in March & April


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Volunteer every Tuesday/Thursday in the Sharpham Archive


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Volunteer every Tuesday/Thursday in the Sharpham Archive


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Volunteer every Tuesday in Sharpham's gardens


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Volunteer every Tuesday/Thursday in the Sharpham Archive


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Volunteer every Tuesday in Sharpham's gardens


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Volunteer every Thursday for Estate conservation


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Volunteer every Tuesday/Thursday in the Sharpham Archive


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Volunteer every Tuesday in Sharpham's gardens


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Volunteer every Tuesday/Thursday in the Sharpham Archive


Volunteer every Tuesday in Sharpham's gardens

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Volunteer every Tuesday in Sharpham's gardens


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Volunteer every Thursday for Estate conservation


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Volunteer every Tuesday/Thursday in the Sharpham Archive


Volunteer every Tuesday in Sharpham's gardens

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Volunteer every Tuesday in Sharpham's gardens


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Volunteer every Thursday for Estate conservation


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Volunteer every Tuesday in Sharpham's gardens


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Volunteer every Thursday for Estate conservation


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Volunteer every Tuesday/Thursday in the Sharpham Archive


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Volunteer every Tuesday in Sharpham's gardens


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Volunteer every Thursday for Estate conservation


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Volunteer every Tuesday/Thursday in the Sharpham Archive


At the heart of the Sharpham Trust ethos is our desire to build a more mindful, compassionate and environmentally-sustainable world. We connect people with nature and foster mindfulness and well-being through our programme of retreats, mindfulness courses, outdoor learning and the arts.

The Estate provides important habitats for wildlife which the Trust protects through organic farming, conservation work, educational activities and public engagement.