Volunteer with us

As a volunteer, you can make a real difference to The Sharpham Trust. And you'll learn or burnish skills at the same time.

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.

You’ll be part of a friendly, sociable family of people who:

  • help in our historic and tranquil gardens and Estate
  • contribute to looking after the beautiful wild Estate
  • volunteer for up to a year supporting our retreat programme
  • support our public events


"Volunteering at Sharpham and with several other organisations has been instrumental in me securing my new job as an Engagement Ranger at Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust based at Berry Head. I will be working full-time from 3rd July so sadly I will no longer be free to join your sessions.

I would like to express my thanks for the warm welcome and joy I received at Sharpham, be that the weekly practical work parties, the monthly rewilding sessions, the outing to Slapton Ley, the apple press day, the annual BioBlitz or the Christmas party, all were wonderful and so well organised. Your organisation will serve as a great example to me in volunteer engagement"

Read on for more info.

Garden Volunteering

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

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Be a Residential Coordinator

A Retreat Coordinator is a one-year voluntary position. You will work alongside three other coordinators and a manager in the day-to-day running of the centre, and receive accommodation, full board, stipend and dana from retreatants.

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Nature Recovery Volunteering

For more information, email: [email protected] 

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Sharpham Open Summer Day

Events Support

Occasionally we need volunteers to support specific events such as:

  • open days
  • Apple day
  • school visits
  • public events
  • projects

Opportunities will be communicated in the Trust newsletter, subscribe here.

Find out more about volunteering at Sharpham

If you are interested in volunteering at Sharpham, contact 01803 731802 or email [email protected]

Our volunteer coordinator will show you round and discuss options to suit your needs, interests or available time.