DREAM JOB: Gardener’s ideal retreat

Rose Cottage, Florencecourt

Rose Cottage, Florencecourt

STUDENTS, gardeners, or even those simply dreaming of escaping the rat race to live the good life, might be interested in a special new ‘job’ at one of Fermanagh’s grandest historic estates.
In what some may see more as an educational retreat rather than a job, National Trust Fermanagh are looking for a long term volunteer (LVT) to not only join the team working on their ongoing walled garden restoration project at Florencecourt, but to come live on the estate itself in their stunning chocolate-box Rose Cottage.
The role, which lasts between three and 12 months, will involve supporting lead gardener David Corscadden as part of the innovative restoration project, which volunteer development officer Wendy Webb said will complete “the reinstatement of Florence Court as a unique self-sufficient Irish estate.”
As well as helping Mr Corscadden with a wide range of horticultural works, from planting right through to harvest, the LVT gardener will work alongside short term volunteers including local students and residents, engaging with visitors to the estate, as well as assisting with the propagation of ornamental plants and helping with the preparation of produce to be sold in the vegetable garden shop.
“Volunteers are essential to create the right team of people, without whom we couldn’t achieve all we do,” said Ms Webb, who added there were currently 150 volunteers at Fermanagh’s three National Trust properties, including two LVTs at each site.
“All our volunteer roles are integral to the success of the property, not only through the day to day volunteering, but by the ideas they bring, new perspectives on how something can be done, skills they possess and challenging of traditional views.”
As well as availing of the free shared accommodation, LVTs and all other volunteers also receive a volunteer card which entitles them to 20 percent off in all National Trust tearooms and shops, 20 percent off their holiday cottages, and free entry to all Trust properties in the UK.
“If anyone is looking to learn, develop or share specific skills, do get in touch,” said Ms Webb. “You may want to volunteer with your family and friends.
“With over 200 types of volunteer roles available there are endless opportunities.”
Contact Ms Webb on 02866349008

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