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Wordsworth Trust: Sensory Garden Volunteer

Help us to create a beautiful new garden in the heart of the vale of Grasmere, inspired the poets who lived and wrote here 200 years ago.

We are transforming part of our historic site in Grasmere, formerly a farmyard close to Dove Cottage, into a community sensory garden to celebrate the poet William Wordsworth's 250th birthday in April 2020.

Our new sensory garden will be a quiet space walled off from the main thoroughfares which we hope to turn into a vibrant and stimulating place for everyone to enjoy.

The garden will incorporate the natural sights and sounds that were the Wordsworth's inspiration, a place where the senses might be stimulated to take us to another time and place, sparking reflection and conversation, a place for creative activities and quiet reflection.

We are looking for keen, interested and green-fingered local volunteers to help create and maintain this garden ready for the opening of our new museum in April 2020.

What's involved?

You will have the chance to get involved in all aspects of creating and maintaining a new garden, from hedge-laying, planting and hazel-weaving to weeding, maintaining shrubs and trees and preparing quiet spaces for use by visitors and groups.

Why get involved?

There are a wide range of benefits on offer when you volunteer at the Wordsworth Trust: 

- Free entry to our poetry readings, talks and guided walks.

- Learning and development opportunities within your volunteer role.

- Northern Museums Volunteer Pass.

- Discount in our shop in Grasmere.

- Return of travel and out of pocket expenses.


How to get involved?

Simply click to accept the challenge and our team will be in touch swiftly to start your volunteer journey.

Alternatively, email us at for an application form or further information.

Ideal Skills

  • Conservation
  • Gardening
  • Maintenance and Repair

Ideal Interests

  • Community Work
  • Conservation

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