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Garden Trainee (x2 positions)

The Castle Climbing Centre Garden
Stoke Newington, London

Posted: 26 Feb 2024

Deadline: 3 Mar 2024

Compensation: Unpaid

Unpaid Traineeship Volunteer Part-time Fixed term / contract


Job description

Work with the Castle garden team, learn to manage a productive and fun food growing project, and grow vegetables, fruit and herbs for commercial kitchens and cafés.

Since September 2009, The Castle has been working to develop the one acre green space surrounding the building. This has been an exciting project with the vision to create a productive mixed-use garden based on the principles of permaculture design.  We grow fruit, vegetables and herbs for the Castle kitchen and café, plus other clients, and make herbal tea blends and herb products for our shop. The space marries up the drama and history of the Grade II Listed castle building with the dynamism of climbing, to engage visitors and locals in environmental and social sustainability.

We are looking for a minimum of two enthusiastic people (maximum of four for the right candidates) who are keen to learn about community food growing projects, growing food in a sustainable way, and who enjoy working outdoors and cooperating with other people and The Castle Climbing Centre. A great opportunity to learn and work around adventurous people each with their unique passions for growing. You'll be joining a part-time team of 4.

The placements run from early-April to October 2024, one day a week on a Thursday. This role will also involve learning to manage volunteers, assisting in other garden maintenance tasks, and getting involved in garden events. There is the opportunity to attend additional tutorials and training in urban food growing. Note, though we'd prefer all trainees on a Thursday, working a Monday instead may also be possible (or a mish-mash of the two days), so don't let this put you off applying. If you would like additional experience on top of the one-day-per-week, you could also work on a Monday too.

Closing date for applications is midnight Sunday 3rd March 2023.

Interviews will be held mid-March.

Application information

Further information can be downloaded here, or is on our linktree

To apply, email with your CV and short covering letter.

See the Castle website for more details about the Castle Garden, or check our Instagram and Facebook page.

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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.