01555 728 329

Castlebank Rose Garden

Rose enthusiast (volunteering opportunity)

Volunteer sessions take place on: 

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 am – 3:00 pm

This volunteer position would be ideal for an experienced gardener who is enthusiastic about roses and is looking to use their skills and knowledge to help out in the community.

Castlebank Horticultural Centre
Volunteer Friendly


Castlebank Horticultural Centre sits within the historic Castlebank Park, on the banks of the Clyde in Lanark. We are looking for an enthusiastic individual to facilitate the maintenance and propagation of our rose collection. 

There is an opportunity for the development of the rose garden, including the introduction of new plants and cultivars.

Castlebank volunteers are supported by a dedicated team of staff and volunteers. Together we propagate and grow a wide range of heirloom vegetables, herbs, rare edible plants, herbaceous perennials, alpines, succulents, trees and shrubs for education and the restoration of historic Castlebank Park.


Work with our Educational Gardener Walter and fellow volunteers to maintain and develop the rose garden and herbaceous borders in the historic Castlebank Park terraced gardens.

Specific tasks and duties:

  • Leading maintenance of the rose gardens including educating volunteers, deadheading, organic spraying, feeding, pruning etc.
  • Helping to maintain and develop herbaceous borders
  • Helping to maintain infrastructure


  • Meet and work with a social, friendly team with an opportunity to connect with both the Castlebank community and like-minded people
  • Free access to expand and develop a collection of roses in beautiful historic gardens.
  • Working outdoors
  • Access to excess plant stock that we cannot sell to take home and plant in your garden
  • Attend horticultural and environmental workshops at Castlebank as part of ongoing training
  • Gain horticultural/industry experience
  • Industry placement reference


  • Induction and training happen on-the-job
  • Horticultural workshops are available to long-term volunteers as professional development at a significantly reduced cost


  • Tuesdays 9:30am – 3:00pm
  • Thursday 9:30am – 3:00pm

Commitment required:

  • Ideally, we ask that volunteers commit to a full day (from 9:30am-3.00pm) for a minimum of one day per week. (please contact us if you are interested in the role, but cannot commit to these hours)
  • Should you wish to discontinue your volunteer role with us we ask that you notify us by phone or email.

Skills/experience/ personal qualities required:

  • An enthusiastic passion for being part of the Castlebank Horticultural Centre Community
  • Good knowledge of roses, their care and propagation
  • Reliability. It is important that you turn up for your shift and communicate (as agreed with Educational Gardener) if you can’t make it.
  • Ability to understand and carry out verbal instructions.
  • Be able to work both independently and as a part of a team.
  • Positive attitude and good work ethic.
  • Be respectful, polite and courteous to fellow volunteers.
  • A commitment to employ safe work practices as guided by your supervisor is mandatory.

You need to provide:

  • Suitable, weather-appropriate clothing for working outdoors including a hat or raincoat
  • Drink bottle and packed lunch

We provide:

  • All tools and materials
  • Protective gloves for garden work, etc
  • Drinking water
  • Health and Safety Policy / Volunteering Policy
  • Accessible toilet facilities
  • Storage lockers


Walter McArthur (Educational Gardener)

Join our team:

Complete the volunteer form below and join our team today.

More information on Castlebank Park and Castlebank Horticultural Centre:

Castlebank Horticultural Centre is managed by Lanark Community Development Trust

Registered Scottish Charity SC040584

01555 728 329 / info@lanarktrust.co.uk

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