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Horticultural Therapist

St Mary's Secret Garden
50 Pearson Street, London E2 8EL

Posted: 09/02/2021

Deadline: 08/03/2021

Compensation: £9,476 per annum

Paid Part-time

Job description

We are looking for a new Horticultural Therapist to join our team. If you have a passion for supporting people through horticulture, inspiring people to engage with nature and enjoy getting stuck into some gardening this could be the job for you!

  • Job Title: Horticultural Therapist
  • Salary: £9,476 per annum 
  • Responsible to: CEO
  • Hours: 2 days per week flexible working hours some evening & weekend work may be involved. Hours may increase subject to funding.
  • Annual Leave: 15.5 days per annum

Main purposes of the job:

  • To involve the diverse local community of Hackney and neighbouring boroughs in activities at St Mary’s Secret Garden through participation in accredited training programmes, therapeutic groups, and volunteering activities with an emphasis on individuals and communities who may otherwise be excluded.
  • To work with and train disadvantaged people, particularly those with disabilities and mental ill health.
  • To use horticulture and other knowledge relating to growing and caring for plants, nature conservation, garden maintenance and landscaping to engage with people, encourage learning and promote health and wellbeing.
  • To promote the training and social care aspects of horticulture to community groups, Hackney council and individuals in the London borough of Hackney and beyond.
  • To assist with the physical maintenance and general organisation of St Mary’s Secret Garden ensuring that the garden is open and accessible to the wider local community.
  • To be proactive in the development of St Mary’s Secret Garden as a resource for the local community.

Application information

Please download full job description and person specification on our website: 

We recognise the lack of diversity in this sector and believe in the value of a diverse workforce, because of this we particularly encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.

Please apply for this role by sending a CV and covering letter outlining how your skills and experience match our job description and person specification to 

The deadline for applications is Monday 8th March at 5pm, interviews are currently scheduled for the week commencing 15th March and will most likely take place online. If shortlisted for interview you may be asked to record a short video activity to demonstrate your facilitation skills.

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About St Mary's Secret Garden

For 25 years we have been gardening with people to improve their wellbeing. Our activities include: • Social and horticultural therapy sessions • volunteering and supported volunteering opportunities. • working with local people with disabilities and health issues to provide residents and businesses with gardening services. • Vocational works skills training for those in the community furthest from the job market. • organising workshops for schools and groups.