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Part-time Grower for Organic Garden

The Castle Climbing Centre Garden
Stoke Newington, London

Posted: 10 Jan 2022

Deadline: 6 Feb 2022

Compensation: £13.22 per hour

Paid Part-time


Job description

The Castle Garden is looking for an experienced Gardener and Horticulturalist to join its team. This is a great opportunity for someone looking to work in a productive and educational garden space and work with a friendly and motivated team. 

Hours of work: Two days per week (Mon & Thurs) min 16hrs 

About the Castle Garden  

The Castle Garden is a long-term sustainability project that makes creative use of the space around the Castle building. It is a productive, educational, recreational and therapeutic space for the benefit of its staff, customers, the local community, and wildlife. Using permaculture principles the Garden produces high quality fruit, vegetable and herbs for the Castle Café and the Community Food Service. The Garden has a team of volunteers who help to maintain the space and learn how to follow sustainable growing practices and ecologically sensitive processes. 

About The Castle  

The Castle offers a diverse and wide range of Climbing facilities to cater for all. Based in Stoke Newington, the Centre itself is a Grade II listed Victorian Water pumping station, with a Café, shop outdoor boulders and Community gardens. A friendly and enthusiastic team we are passionate in providing the highest quality facilities in a fun, motivated, and inclusive environment. Sustainability is an important part of the Centre’s vision and values and is integrated into every aspect of the business. 

The Person 

The successful individual will ideally have 4-5 years of experience in growing and gardening with excellent knowledge in creating and maintaining a biodiverse garden. In addition, you will also be a great communicator who has experience leading and educating a team or volunteers in maintaining a garden space.  Ideally you will also have experience of maintenance and woodwork, making use of sustainable materials wherever possible.  

Candidates must have experience of: 

  • Good knowledge and practical experience of Horticulture and food growing, organic gardening - 2 seasons/years minimum  
  • Pruning and maintenance of trees and bushes 
  • Experience of working with volunteers (particularly food growing) 
  • Ensuring high in-house propagation of as many plants as possible  

Benefits of working at The Castle 

  • Use of climbing facilities  
  • Staff discount in Café and Shop  
  • A supportive environment and working community  
  • Training, learning and development opportunities 
  • Healthcare  
  • 28 days annual leave based on full time working  
  • Be represented by The Castle’s Employee Benefit Trust 

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Further info here

Application information

Full job description available to download: Job Description

Interested? Please send your CV and a Covering Letter saying why you want to work for the Castle Garden.   

Please send your applications to BOTH sophie.gilders@castle-climbing.co.uk and garden@castle-climbing.co.uk

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About The Castle Climbing Centre Garden

The Castle Garden is a long term project to make sustainable, productive and educational use of the space around the Castle building to grow food for the café, provide a space for wildlife and a relaxing space for the Castle members and staff. We began planning and building the garden in 2009 using permaculture principles and recycled materials with the help of strong and willing volunteers. Today the result is a one acre, vibrant, biodiverse space teeming with wildlife and an abundant variety of fruit, vegetables and herbs. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the garden; come see our busy bees making honey; try and spy the animals that live in the mini-habitat of the wildlife pond or just enjoy a cup of coffee in the sun during a break.