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We are looking to recruit Project Manager to join our successful Ecotherapy Programme.

About the role.

Forest Farm Peace Garden has been benefiting our community for 13 years and is now embracing an exciting period of development establishing itself as thriving therapeutic garden in North-East London. With significant amounts of funding secured through 2017, there is a huge amount of scope to take the organisation to the next level, and we are looking for a dynamic, experienced and enthusiastic individual to take on the role of Project Manager.

The role of the Project Manager is to oversee and lead the development and day to day running of Forest Farm Peace Garden. The diverse responsibilities of the role mean that your days will vary greatly. During a typical week you might attend meetings with local statutory or voluntary mental health organisations, muck in at the Garden, organise events and trainings, produce material for the website and bulletins and oversee the organisation's budget.

The role balances strategic oversight with a very hands-on involvement with the projects and people at the Garden. You will play an active role in strategy planning to develop and implement an overview of the Garden's development as an organisation. You will support volunteers, Trustees and the other paid workers in implementing strategic goals.

The therapeutic gardening programme for mental health service users is a central activity of the organisation. You will support Ecotherapy Worker with developing our links with mental health service providers and referrers and work alongside Ecotherapy Worker and Head Gardener with the service users in the Garden helping to plan and run the sessions.

FFPG runs Buddy Volunteer Scheme and you will be actively involved in providing yearly training for Buddy volunteers and support Ecotherapy Worker in delivering the training and managing Buddy Volunteer Scheme. You will also lead on staff support, appraisal and development.

You will take primary responsibility for the finance and fundraising for the organisation and will have the support of the Treasurer and organisation’s accountant. We employ a Freelance Funding Office who will do much of the application writing overseen by you.  You will work with Trustees and staff to ensure that the organisation is stable and sustainable, fundraising as appropriate to meet organisational goals as well as ensuring the budget is balanced.  You will ensure the Garden fulfils its responsibilities associated with our grant funding and other partnerships, including monitoring requirements. You will write monitoring reports and ensure that Ecotherapy Worker provides you with all relevant data on time.

Based on feedback from volunteers and staff, you will plan and coordinate events, trainings and meetings, and conduct the appropriate publicity to ensure the events are a success. You will work with Head Gardener, Ecotherapy Worker and volunteers to develop the Garden in line with sustainability and permaculture principles making sure that we sustain partnerships with local environmental projects and networks. 

The successful candidate will be required to undertake an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check and undergo safeguarding training.

Forest Farm Peace Garden is a registered charity no: 1123031.

Details of employment: The post is for 28 hours a week (Wednesdays, Fridays and 2 flexible office based days). It can be extended to 35 hours a week depending on candidate’s experience as FFPG has very recently secured funds that can allow the allocation of extra hrs to this post. You will be required to work the occasional weekend day and there will be some evening meetings.  You will be entitled to time off in lieu.


Salary: £19 800 pro rata (£24 500 per annum)


Location:  Forest Farm Peace Garden (FFPG), Hazelbrouck Gardens, Hainault, Ilford (site of the Garden). Our office is located at 98-100 Ilford Lane, Ilford, Essex, IG1 2LD.


Applications close: Monday, 25th September2017 at 9am.

Interviews: Friday, 29th September 2017.

We aim to contact candidates who are selected for interview by Wednesday, 27th September 2017. However, we are working with tight timescales,and would appreciate it if you ensure that you are available on the interview day – Friday 29th September prior to hearing from us.




Please visit our website : where you can find how to apply for the position.


If you have any questions about the process or about the job, please contact Please allow up to 48 hours for response.

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Site and Horticultural Assistant

Role title - Horticulture and Site Assistant

Reporting to - Site and Horticultural Manager

Based at - The Old Allotment Site, World’s End Garden Centre, Wendover, Bucks.  HP22 6BD

Hours - Initially two days per week (16 hrs) with the intention of working towards three days (24 hrs).

Main purpose of the role

The position of Horticultural and Site Support Assistant serves to support the training and development of horticultural and conservation skills amongst the Lindengate volunteers and the management and implementation of daily, weekly and projects task to maintain and develop the gardens in support of Gardener (Service User) activities


1. Take the lead in training volunteers in basic horticultural practices as needed to fulfil activities

2. Take the lead in managing Site and Hort volunteers and liaising with Team Leaders

3. Support in the planning of a rolling quarterly horticultural and conservation programme

4. Occasionally share the management of the Saturday opening times currently 10am – 2pm

5. Keep records of all gift in kind donations

6. Keep records of the tree and shrub nursery

7. Keep up to date inventory of all tools and gardening materials and manage repairs,replacements and additions.

8. Support in ensuring the site is covered for all Health and Safety needs and in line with current legislation

9. Support in the implementation of all site based events

Person Specification

1. Minimum RHS Level 2 in Horticulture or equivalent

2. Experience of working with or training volunteers or community groups

3. Strong communication skills.

4. Demonstrate an understanding and empathy for mental health needs

5. Ideally experienced in managing wild spaces and able to demonstrate provable interests on conservation

6. Competency in Word and Excel

7. Good leadership skills, ability to be flexible,enthusiastic personality and able to motivate people

8. Pleasant and patient manner and ability to relate positively to many different kinds of people.

Support - Full induction and training where required for the role development, will be provided.

Security Checks - Employment is subject to a satisfactory DBS check.

Deadline for application - 2nd October

Please send your CV and a covering letter to

Contact information

Email:     Telephone:  01296 622443     Web:

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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