Get Involved

Work with us

We will soon be advertising for more sessional staff! So if you would like to join our team, working in the woods then please watch this space!


Volunteer with us

As a not for profit organisation we welcome anyone who may have some time to give to the nursery. You may have some administration skills to support the office staff or more outdoor, practical skills to bring to the woods. Please do get in touch with the office if you may be interested in volunteering with us.

Student placements 

We can also welcome students on placement from universities and collages. At the moment we have two students with us from The University of Edinburgh’s Outdoor, Environmental and Sustainability Education Masters programme. So if you fancy spending your placement outside in the woods, working at a nursery that is a little different then please do get in touch – we’d love to hear from you. You can read Antje’s story below, she volunteered with the nursery from Jan-March 2018.


Antje Bahlinger, Student Internship January – March 2018

My name‘s Antje Bahlinger, I am 21 years old and am studying Childhood Education in Freiburg, Germany. I‘ve spent three months volunteering at the Secret Garden Outdoor Nursery from January to March 2018 as part of my course. All staff members, children and their families have given me a warm welcome in the woods. The team has been open to answering any arising questions and has given me the opportunity to take on responsibility in a supportive environment.
I‘ve always been passionate about the outdoors and my placement at the Secret Garden has given me the opportunity to combine my love for early years with the one I have for nature. Now, I am confident that I want to work in an outdoor nursery after my graduation in 2019. My time at the Secret Garden has helped me in my development as an early years practitioner and has inspired me for my future work.
If you are thinking about a student placement, I couldn‘t encourage you more to get in touch and arrange a visit to see for yourself if the Secret Garden Outdoor Nursery might be the right place for you!