Community Gardener 

Community Gardener 
Location: D’Eynsford Estate, 38 Mary Datchelor Close, Camberwell, London, SE5 7AX
Fee available to deliver programme: £3,500 inclusive

D’Eynsford Estate residents are actively involved in looking after our community garden and the landscaped grounds around our homes.  We are looking for a community gardener to support us to maintain and develop these green spaces.

The Secret Garden, tucked away behind one of the estate blocks, was created by residents about 10 years ago.  It was previously an overgrown and abandoned patch of land but after much hard work it is now a community garden which includes a woodland/wildflower area, herb garden, social space with table and shelter and raised vegetable beds with a greenhouse.

We are also developing the grounds of the wider estate, planting up neglected beds, adding climbers and creating new container-based planting areas.  We have a network of water butts across the estate and a volunteer watering team.  Most of the estate grounds maintenance is provided by a contractor.

A volunteer garden and grounds committee (a sub-group of the estate’s tenant management organisation - TMO) oversees all these activities.  As part of the TMO’s One Planet Plan, we try to garden on organic principles as much as possible, plant native species and create planting schemes to support local wildlife.

Over the past few years, we have employed community gardeners to help us develop the garden and grounds, run engaging activities and get more local people interested in basic gardening skills.

The role: 

We are now looking for a community gardener  to work with the garden and grounds committee to plan and  run regular gardening/outreach activities with residents in the garden and grounds over the financial year April 2020-March 2021.The  activities programme would be appropriate to the season, with fewer sessions taking place in the winter months.  The timings of the sessions can be negotiated but we would expect them to be on a mix of weekdays and weekends.

We want to take a whole-community approach and some activities may be targeted at particular audiences such as children and families, or new gardeners.  We are also keen to encourage residents to grow things in their own gardens and balconies as well as the communal spaces.

The main roles of the community gardener are:

To support the development of the Secret Garden and green spaces around the public areas of the estate.
To work with the garden and grounds committee to plan and lead regular gardening activities in the Secret Garden and on the estate.
To increase awareness of the benefits of gardening and get more people involved in gardening on the estate, in the Secret Garden, and in their own gardens/balconies. 

Key responsibilities would include:

  • Working with the garden and grounds committee to create an annual plan for the Secret Garden and gardening on the estate.
  • Supporting the committee to consult with residents on plans and get new people involved
  • Preparing and delivering appropriate gardening activities, including sessions for families and less experienced gardeners
  • Promoting and advertising the gardening activities face to face eg through casual interactions and at social events, and using the TMO’s communication channels such as noticeboards, estate newsletter, website and social media platforms 
  • Liaising with other residents who also use the community garden or garden independently in the grounds but who may not come to gardening sessions, to ensure continuity of the growing plan and communication between all volunteers 
  • Enabling people to develop their gardening skills
  • Providing expert advice on planting and plant maintenance to the garden and grounds committee and TMO manager to inform the committee’s plans and the contracted grounds maintenance work
  • Looking out for suitable funding opportunities to support the development of the garden and grounds and working with the committee to develop bids
  • Ensuring the Secret Garden is well maintained and tidy
  • Ensuring the safe use of tools and equipment
  • Sourcing and ordering materials in good time, in liaison with the TMO manager
  • Keeping appropriate monitoring records as agreed
  • Liaising with the TMO manager and committee chair to track progress.

We would expect you to have your own insurance, policies/procedures and a clear enhanced DBS check for working with adults and children.  We are looking for someone with experience of gardening and working with community groups. There is also an additional budget for materials of £500.

If you have any questions or would like to visit the garden and estate before you apply, please contact Chay Pulger,TMO Manager: deynsford@gmail.com 

To apply: For further details, visit http://deynsford.org/secret-garden/deynsford-tmo-community-gardener-role...
Please send your completed application form to: deynsford@gmail.com with “Community Gardener" and your name in the subject line. 

Closing date: 5.00pm, Tuesday 31st March 2020.