Volunteers help run all of the Perennial gardens by offering their time, passion, support and skills. Our volunteers help maintain the gardens, welcome visitors and groups and promote the work of Perennial.

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 volunteering 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.

Work Experience and Work Placements

We are pleased to be able to offer work experience and work placements to those interested in working in horticulture. Our expert garden team will help you:

  • build and develop your skills
  • develop your knowledge of the industry
  • grow your plant knowledge and gain hands-on experience

Please contact us using the details below for further information.

Bothy tea room

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

Responsible to – Garden Manager and Bothy Supervisor

Time Commitment

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

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

Person specification

  • Cheerful attitude to life
  • Willingness to learn
  • 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 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

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