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Minstead Head Gardener HCC2758613

Organisation   Hampshire County Council

Salary Range   £19,848- £22,338 pro rata per annum (actual salary £10,727 - £12,073 per annum)

Work Location   Minstead Study Centre

Hours per week   20

Contract Type   Temporary

Length of contract   24 months


We are looking for an experienced, talented gardener to manage the food production in the educational, vegetable garden at our residential study centre in the New Forest.

The vegetable garden is central to the work we do. It is a showcase to all our visiting schools and an essential part of our learning programme, demonstrating the best organic practice.

In this role you will create an annual planting plan and bring the garden up to full productivity, to provide seasonal vegetables and year round fresh produce for the kitchen, catering for the children on site.

A flair for crop production and substantial previous experience of managing a vegetable garden is essential as you will be arranging gardening days, working with visiting children and helping the community engage with our working educational exemplar of organic gardening.

Previous experience of supervising staff and the ability to work in a small team will allow you to effectively manage our volunteers and work experience students to ensure safe practice.

Criminal records check - This post is subject to a criminal records check.


Our Organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment.

Contact details for an informal discussion - Jane Pownall, Head of Centre on 02380 813437

Interview Date - 04 December 2017

Closing date - 23 November 2017

The Job Summary and Person Specification is here.

Apply online here

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Job Title: Part Time Horticultural Therapist

Walworth Garden

One day a week

Salary: 24K Pro rata

Vacancy open until: 26 November 2017

To take up role, ideally in January 2018, on a one day a week basis, Walworth Garden is looking for an experienced Horticultural Therapist to join the team. (The group will operate on either Monday, Thursday or Friday)

Walworth Garden has a long running reputation for promoting the benefits of gardening and horticulture to the local community and beyond. For many years, the Organisation has successfully run the 'Green Fingers’ group where vulnerable adults have benefited from weekly attendance.

We are seeking an experienced Horticultural Therapist to lead Walworth Garden’s new offer of horticultural therapy. Current service users have diverse needs, so applicants need to have experience of working with a wide variety of conditions.

Walworth Garden’s mission is "To change lives by delivering excellent learning and horticultural therapy in an award winning garden that’s open to all"

More specifically the Garden provides among other things:

  • A peaceful haven which is open 7 days a week and which operates on organic principles
  • Accredited Horticultural training, QCF Level 2 in Work Based Horticulture at Award, Certificate and Diploma levels
  • Horticultural Therapy to vulnerable adults
  • A variety of funded courses available to all adults, but free to Southwark residents
  • A Garden Centre supplying the local community

Interviews will take place Thursday December 8 2017

For more information or to apply please visit our website

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Job Title: Therapeutic Garden Co-ordinator (male)

Lothlorien Therapeutic Community (Rokpa Trust)

Full time non-residential post (37.5 hours per week)

Salary: £16,261 - £18,321 dependent on qualifications. Opportunity to undertake Diploma in Social and Horticultural Therapy whilst in post

Vacancy open until post is filled

Lothlorien is a Therapeutic Community for people with mental health difficulties situated in a quiet rural setting in South West Scotland. We are looking to recruit a full-time male Therapeutic Gardening Co-ordinator for a one year fixed-term contract. This is a dynamic and exciting opportunity to work within a Therapeutic Community environment. We are looking for a creative individual who can inspire our residents to connect with gardening as a route to recovery and well-being.

We are looking to recruit a full-time Male Therapeutic Gardening Co-ordinator for a one year fixed-term contract. (This post is exempt under the Equality Act 2010 Schedule 9, Part 1.) 

 The garden plays a central part in helping people connect with a sense of meaning and purpose in their recovery at Lothlorien Community.The person appointed will be coming into an organic vegetable garden with scope for innovation. We provide a structured gardening programme pitched at an appropriate level for people in recovery from mental health problems. This can have a very positive effect on mental well-being by having a grounding and healing effect, as well as providing people with the opportunity to develop their self-esteem, confidence and skills when working towards recovery. The therapeutic and relational aspects of the work are far more important than being goal or achievement orientated. Working with residents to foster a sense of participation, belonging, inclusion, mutual respect, and working at a pace and level with which they are comfortable is key.

Job Title:  Relief Therapeutic Gardener (Sessional)

Lothlorien Therapeutic Community (Rokpa Trust)

Lothlorien is also looking to recruit two relief Therapeutic Gardeners. This is a dynamic and exciting opportunity to work within a Therapeutic Community environment. We are looking for creative individuals who can inspire our residents to connect with gardening as a route to recovery and well-being.

If you are interested in either of these positions, please visit the website today and download the full job descriptions. CLICK HERE