Friends of Highdown Gardening Group

Highdown Gardens

Register your Interest

Would you like to help tend a garden with rare plants from around the world? We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join our Friends of Highdown Gardening Group from April 2021.

Highdown Gardens is famous for its unique exotic plants collected by Plant Hunters in the early 1900’s. The plants hold high scientific value due to their success in adapting to Downland chalk soil, and in 1989 were recognised by Plant Heritage as a National Plant Collection. Highdown recently gained funding from the National Lottery to conserve these special plants. The project has involved building a new sensory garden, and a greenhouse where these fragile plants are being propagated and catalogued.

What you will be doing:

You will work alongside Highdown’s Craft Gardeners on a variety of gentle gardening tasks including: Planting, weeding, pruning, raking leaves and constructing ornamental features.


You do not need any gardening experience, however this role does require:

  • Lots of enthusiasm to get involved
  • Getting your hands dirty!
  • Volunteering in all weather conditions
  • Working as part of a team
  • Good physical health.


  • Gain gardening experience and knowledge from our team of skilled Craft Gardeners
  • You’ll get to work in a beautiful garden surrounded by exotic and rare plants
  • Be part of a an enthusiastic team at the heart of your local community

Practical Considerations


There is no minimum requirement, however we would expect you to volunteer at least once per month.


Highdown Gardens is located just off of the A259 (Littlehampton Road), which is a dual carriageway. There is a car park on site, bus stops approximately a 15 minute walk away, and Goring-by-sea train station an18 minute walk away.

Please go to the Highdown Garden 'How to Find Us' web page for further travel details.

When do I need to be available?

Details Gardening sessions are held every Thursday morning. Ideally we would like you to volunteer at least once per month.
Morning Afternoon Evening

Where does this role take place?

Highdown Gardens
33 Highdown Rise (off Littlehampton Road)
West Sussex
BN12 6FB

Register your Interest

  • Details
  • Disabled Access
  • Equal Opportunities Policy or Statement
  • Expenses
  • Health and Safety
  • Induction
  • Insurance Cover for Volunteers
  • Suitable for 13 - 16 years
  • Suitable for 16 - 18 years
  • Support on Offer
    Volunteers will be supported by craft gardeners during sessions
  • This role is adaptable for different abilities
  • Training