The Wakes Weeders

Wakes Weeders making the hot beds

As an Independent Charitable Trust with limited funds, we are reliant on the dedication of our wonderful team of volunteer gardeners known affectionately as The Wakes Weeders to support the work of Head Gardener David Standing and his two part time members of staff.

The Wakes Weeders meet to garden and enjoy coffee one Sunday a month, plus each individual gives whatever time they wish, be it an afternoon a week or a day a month. Great horticultural knowledge is not necessary just a willingness to get muddy and be outside whatever the weather! Tasks vary from lawn mowing to collecting seeds, weeding the borders to hedge trimming, constructing the hot beds to planting out annuals.


Quite simply with over 25 acres to look after and develop, we couldn’t do without their hard work, willingness and dedication. Wakes Weeders are invited to enjoy a Christmas meal together plus are included in Gilbert White’s House & Garden team meetings and social evenings, held quarterly.

If you would like to join our merry team of Wakes Weeders, please email