Head Gardener

Head Gardener
Location: Forest Farm Peace Garden, Hainault, London
Salary: £11,742 per annum (£25,161.50 FTE pro rata)
Hours: 17.5 hours per week from March to October (8 months) on Wednesday and Friday with flexible half day. Then 14 hours per week during winter from November to February (4 months). Plus occasional weekend days and 6–weekly evening meetings. You will be entitled to time off in lieu. Some sessional hours may also be available for additional garden open days.
Contract period: Permanent subject to funding

Forest Farm Peace Garden is seeking an experienced gardener to lead on the development of our large 2-acre site and support the running of our ecotherapy programme, which supports mental health recovery.  The Head Gardener position is a fantastic opportunity for someone with an understanding of organic and sustainable growing methods and permaculture practices, who is interested in creating a beautiful and therapeutic space for our volunteers. 

You will co-ordinate day-to-day activities in the garden, including planning gardening tasks alongside other staff and volunteers to help run our twice-weekly ecotherapy sessions. Garden sessions are accessed by people experiencing mental health needs, adults with learning disability and refugees/asylum seekers, as well as buddy volunteers who provide support. 

You will provide informal and formal learning opportunities for volunteers, including running occasional workshops. You will oversee the garden planning and documentation for the year, and site development projects and maintenance as necessary. You will have oversight of health and safety considerations alongside other staff. You will take responsibility for ordering garden materials and equipment and have IT skills for undertaking admin and planning tasks. You will also share responsibility with the Project Manager, Ecotherapy Worker and Trustee Board for the broader development goals of the site.

Key tasks:

  • Running our ecotherapy sessions alongside other staff to facilitate mental health service users and buddy volunteers in the garden, including designating tasks and providing gardening expertise. (We commit to always having two staff present to run sessions.)
  • Overseeing the planning and development of the site in line with permaculture and organic principles, and according to any specific funding requirements.
  • Creating learning opportunities about food growing and horticulture through delivery of workshops and educational materials.
  • Ensuring that materials and garden supplies are purchased when required.
  • Reporting to Trustees at board meetings.
  • Updating any garden files throughout the season making sure that essential tasks are recorded and monitored.
  • Occasionally planning and running other volunteering sessions, for example, for corporate groups or weekend open days to develop a specific garden project in collaboration with partners. 
  • Supporting the planning and running of Forest Farm Peace Garden events alongside other staff, and attending our two annual community events. 
  • Attending training as appropriate.

This role is subject to an enhanced DBS check due to working with vulnerable adults. 

To apply: For further details about this role please download the Job Description from: https://www.forestfarmpeacegarden.org/head-gardener
To apply for this position please email your CV with a covering letter, outlining how you meet the requirements for the role to: kate@forestfarmpeacegarden.org

Please also complete the Application Form and Equal Opportunities Form below.

Closing date: 5pm Friday 24th January 2020.  
Interview date: Monday 3rd February 2020.