Poole Museum - Scaplen’s Court Gardener


A little bit of background

We are looking for one more gardener to join a small team of volunteer gardeners to help with the maintenance and planting of Scaplen's Court garden.

The garden to Poole’s oldest domestic building was laid out in Arts and Crafts style in the early 1900s by George Dillistone, the designer of the gardens at Castle Drogo. In 2000 the Garden was restored and replanted by Museum volunteers, who went on to manage the garden, carry out planting, tidying and shaping etc throughout the year.

Tasks may include:

To tidy and clear leaves and debris

To weed and trim low lying areas

To plant and restock herbs

To contribute to the design of the garden

To alert the manager of any maintenance requirements

To work closely as part of a team

Time requirements:

We envisage that looking around the garden to report any maintenance issues could be covered once a month or as and when issues arise, and the weeding and clearing would be once a week during summer months, less frequent in other months.  Planting is ad hoc throughout the year as per team’s plans.

Start: Late April End Date:  N/A

(Season is May to September, so the bulk of the work is March to September)

flexible times May to September


Some gardening and/or admin experience/customer service experience would be useful, but not essential

Physical fitness required

Gardeners will need some fitness to garden

Gardeners need to be able to work under own initiative without guidance some days

Special Requirements

Gardeners should have appropriate clothing

Supervisor: Michael Spender


Qualifications Required

  • Gardening Must be at least Some experience