Volunteering with us

If you have a few hours to spare each week and want to join our wonderful community of volunteers, we’d love to hear from you. Our current volunteer opportunities are detailed below. Please get in touch to find out more and we’ll be happy to answer any questions. If the roles below aren’t quite what you’re looking for, call us for a chat to register your interest.

Bothy Tearoom Volunteer

Location – Fullers Mill, West Stow, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP28 6HD

Responsible to – Head Gardener and Shift Supervisor

Duties to include:

  • Serving beverages and cakes to customers and replenishing cakes as required
  • Using the till and taking payments from customers
  • Clearing and wiping down tables
  • Washing up plates and cups
  • Keeping the serving area clean and hygienic

Time Commitment

Shifts are available during our open season from April to the end of October:

Wednesdays and Fridays 1.30pm – 5pm. Saturdays and Sundays 11am – 2pm and 2pm –5pm, plus occasional shifts outside these hours.

Person specification

  • Cheerful attitude to life
  • Willingness to learn how to use the till
  • Happy to work as part of a small team in a busy environment

Benefits of this role

  • Being an important part of the Fullers Mill visitor experience
  • Meeting new people and making new friends
  • Free annual Friends membership allowing you and a guest free entry to all three of Perennial’s gardens (Fullers Mill, York Gate and The Laskett) on all public open days and more. 
  • 15% off Perennial gifts and greetings cards

Training & Support

  • Training to use the till
  • Full induction to the role and Perennial the charity

For more information or to apply for this role please email fullersmillgarden@perennial.org.uk or call 01284 728888

2021 Seasonal Opening Times

14 April to 31 October | 2pm – 5pm on Wednesdays and Fridays | 11am – 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

Click here to book your slot or call 01284 334 396.

We’re still limiting numbers in the garden, so you’ll need to book your slot before you come. Payment will be taken on entry at the garden. The garden will be operating a cashless system, so please bring your card and use contactless payments where possible.

When attending your pre booked slot, please arrive no earlier than 5 minutes before to avoid queuing.

To help us preserve its charm, the garden does not permit dogs, other than assistance dogs.

For full terms and conditions, click here. 

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