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The Walled Garden project began in 2001. We now have an excellent team of over a hundred volunteers working in different groups depending on their interests, including assisting at our Summer Open Days, working with the Research Group to uncover the history of the Walled Garden and the Luton Hoo Estate, and working within the Gardening & Conservation Groups. Please see our current opportunities below.

Our project is run by the Estate Management team and volunteers, and there is a lot of work to do; but we also find the time to organise study days and workshops, and simply to enjoy each other’s company at our yearly parties.


Apart from the mammoth task of clearing, planting and maintaining the five acre walled garden there is a programme of maintaining a large collection of tools and equipment which has been accumulated over the past years. The tools, which are still “appearing”, were used by the Estate’s blacksmiths, wheelwrights, plumbers and woodsmen and will be part of future displays.


Underpinning the physical work in the garden is an active research programme, primarily focused on the Luton Hoo Estate in the 20th Century, and divided into teams. We have a group archiving the large collection of papers, maps and photographs associated with the estate. We also have volunteers searching other archives for material relevant to the estate.


As our work develops we want to share it with the wider community, including the general public. We organise school visits for pupils of all ages, sharing our enthusiasm for this special place with equally enthusiastic youngsters. We offer guided tours for groups of adults belonging to clubs and societies and we open the gates to the general public at open days held regularly throughout the summer to give Volunteer the opportunity to show off all their hard work!

To apply for our current opportunities outlined below please use the Contact Us tab:

Oral History Interviewers

Our Oral History Group is looking for new interviewers to enhance their small friendly team  The aim of the team is to meet with people that have knowledge about life on the Estate from family members of old employees to today's current volunteers. Interviews normally involve two members of the team and training for inexperienced interviewers can be provided. Time commitment is very flexible and interviews are arranged to suit all parties involved. The group meets twice a year to discuss progress and further activities. 

Open Day Super Stars

Our Open Day team is looking for some enthusiastic 'all-rounders' to help at Luton Hoo Walled Garden Open Days.

Every year, from the beginning of May until the end of September the Walled Garden opens on Wednesdays to show off the fantastic efforts of our gardening, conservation and research volunteers. To do this we have a brilliant group of volunteers that run the open days. 

As our open days get are getting busier we are looking for more people to join this team! The role involves anything and everything; greeting visitors at the entrance, taking payment for tickets, managing parking, offering information about the garden and future events, helping with tours of the garden, and generally making our visitors feel welcome!

If you are a people person that likes getting stuck in, and possibly has an interest in garden history this may be the volunteer role for you! There is also the opportunity to assist in other volunteer groups, including gardening, conservation, research, contributing to newsletters and training to guide visitors around the garden.

Gardening Team

Join the Luton Hoo Walled Garden gardening team and help develop an 18th century walled garden! This team meet on Wednesdays and Fridays between 10am and 4pm. There is plenty to do, from planting and caring for flower borders, growing fruit and veg, to improving the beds with homemade compost and growing seeds. In the summer there is the opportunity to show off your efforts at our Open Days!

Experience working in a garden (may be your own) is an advantage, and volunteers need to enjoy jumping straight into a team and getting stuck in! Areas you can contribute to include maintaining herbaceous borders, caring for young plants in the propagation houses, maintaining successful compost bays, growing fruit and vegetables, herb gardening and many others. All specialist skills are extremely welcome, as is the enthusiasm to want to pass these skills to others.