Closed to the public for nine years and largely neglected, the estate is opening in April following 18 months intensive work, one of the largest projects of its kind. Now we need your help.

Volunteering to help at Leonardslee is an opportunity to be actively involved in ensuring that this national gem can continue to bring pleasure for generations to come.

The estate includes many threatened plant species, first brought to here in the early 1800s. It is the responsibility of all of us to ensure the estate does not fall into disrepair again, given the escalating costs of projects like this.

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Lakes & Gardens

There are many ways to get involved at Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens, to share your skills and make new friends at the same time.

Join our Head Gardener, Ray Abraham, and help maintain the magnificent gardens at Leonardslee.

Would you like to assist with horticultural tasks within the grounds, or provide a warm welcome to visitors?

Tasks include:

  • Garden Maintenance: planting, pruning, weeding, watering, potting and sowing seeds.

  • Gardens’ Tour Guide:  Interact with visitors and explain the history of the gardens and its plants. Supervise the gardens and help people adhere to health and safety procedures.

Animal Care

Leonardslee is home to an extraordinary range of wildlife including foxes, rabbits, badgers, weasels, stoats, shrews, voles, and our famous wallabies.

Volunteer by assisting with the wallaby and chicken enclosures. The wallaby enclosure is specifically for breeding pairs, where the mothers look after their young joeys!


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Gift Shop Volunteers: Retail volunteers provide a warm welcome for all visitors, answering questions confidently and accurately. They assist with the running of the shop and plant area.

Hospitality Volunteers: Volunteer in The Clock Tower Country Cafe by joining the kitchen and serving staff.

Additional volunteering opportunities include:

  • Vehicle parking attendants

  • General assistants

  • Painting and maintenance work

To register your interest, click on the above button.