Why Volunteer?

Volunteering to help the Park with various activities is fully supported by the Friends.  This can involve assistance with gardening, administration, cataloguing etc.  Our volunteers also drive the Shuttle Bus service between Cremyll, Barn Pool, The House, The Barrow Centre and the Dry Walk Car Park. If you are interested in any of these activities see further details below.

Help needed for the Car Show

The annual Car Show and Summer Fair is our main fundraiser for the year. Due to retirements we need:

  • Car show entrant compiler
  • PA system arranger
  • Cup sponsor gatherer
  • Trophy engraving organiser
  • Layout organiser

On the day we also require volunteers to assist with arranging stalls and parking cars.

Please contact Neil Rugg on 01752 822558 if you can help.

Stewards

Mount Edgcumbe is looking for members of the Friends to help the stewards bring the House and other historic buildings alive for its visitors. The need for volunteers at Mount Edgcumbe to support existing stewards reflects the changing needs and expectations of our visitors. As well as giving visitors plenty of verbal information – our experienced house stewards are extremely knowledgeable – we offer family-friendly activities, exhibitions and audio visual material. By providing valuable assistance, volunteers allow time for stewards to give talks and tours, work with schools and allow us to develop our Tudor costume room, exhibitions and children’s trails in the house.

In 2009 the old sawmill, wheelwright’s shop and a bat cam room (where visitors can view Lesser Horseshoe bats in their nursery roost) opened up in the Barrow Park Centre. This is an area close to the house that historically was the domain of the Mount Edgcumbe estate workers. These workshops have been brought to life with machinery, information and audio visual displays. We are also looking for volunteers to help visitors understand and enjoy this area.

Volunteers interact with the visitors and learn more about the fascinating history of the house, family and the surrounding area. Everyone brings their own skills and the atmosphere is friendly and supportive. Volunteers are not expected to be knowledgeable about Mount Edgcumbe’s history before they start, but they do need to be interested (as we know the Friends are), reliable and to enjoy working as a team.

Having volunteers adds a lot to Mount Edgcumbe. It is lovely to have people giving their time and sharing their skills because they care, are interested and get something out of it for themselves. This is very worthwhile for all parties and really helps us to do more for our visitors.

For more information about becoming a volunteer at Mount Edgcumbe, please phone David Marshall on 01752 822236, or contact the Friends through the CONTACT US page elsewhere on the web site.

Bookshop

The Friends’ Bookshop is based in the Lodge, near the Orangery in the Lower Park. As well as raising much-needed funds through the sale of donated books, there’s a good opportunity to recruit new members from the many visitors who make a brief detour into the Bookshop on their way to the restaurant in the Orangery. Many new Friends are recruited in this way.

The Friends are desperate for more help in manning the Lodge so that it can be opened more often. If you like books and meeting people and are able to spare a few hours to help raise funds for the Park, please give Ann or Steve Creese a call on 01752 822905 for more details and to arrange a suitable time to help out.

Gardeners

If you enjoy the beautiful formal gardens and would like to assist the gardening team they would be pleased to hear from you. There is plenty to do all year round, from taking cuttings, keeping the paths in order and planting out bedding to making wreaths and table decorations for sale at the Christmas Fayre.

Mount Edgcumbe is a regular prize winner in such prestigious competitions as Britain in Bloom, and has won the Camellia Cup at the Boconnoc Spring Flower Show for the past six years in succession. The National Camellia Collection featured in ‘Gardeners’ World’ in 2011 when presenter Carol Klein interviewed head gardener Lee Stenning. To volunteer, please give the house staff a ring on 01752 822236 in the first instance.

Driving

The Friends run a shuttle bus service between the Cremyll entrance, the Barn Pool, the House and the Dry Walk car park to help visitors move around the park. If you like meeting people, fancy driving the little ECO buggy or the larger ECO bus and have a few hours to spare on a regular basis, this could be the job for you – and you don’t need a special licence. It can also be a chance to practice your German, French, Spanish, Chinese and Dutch (among others): the park attracts many overseas visitors and part of the challenge is communicating its history to them. It’s surprising how far you can get with just a few words! In addition to regular drivers we also need drivers who will ‘stand in’ when regulars are unable to turn up. Please contact David Marshall on 01752 822236.