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Trainee Gardener

Walworth Garden
206 Manor Place SE173BN

Posted: 25/03/2021

Deadline: 09/05/2021

Compensation: London Living Wage

Paid Full-time


Job description

Walworth Garden’s mission is to ‘improve lives by delivering excellent learning and horticultural therapy in an award winning garden that’s open to all.’

More specifically the Garden provides, among other things:

  • A peaceful wildlife haven which is open 7 days a week

  • Accredited Horticultural training - Level 2 in Work-based Horticulture

  • Social & Therapeutic Horticulture

  • A variety of workshops for adults on the subjects of health, wellbeing, and the environment

  • A plant centre for discerning gardeners

Job Role

The primary purpose of the Trainee Gardener post is to carry out physical gardening, maintenance and landscape work as a member of the Garden Services team. The Garden is a small organisation and employees are expected to be reasonably flexible so that we can meet the changing needs of all stakeholders. This might include litter picking, watering, pruning, operating the Garden’s machinery and delivering plants, and other materials.   The post holder will report to the Team Leader/s or Garden Services Manager or in their absence, to the CEO and Head Gardener. 

Duties specific to this role will include the following:

  1. To carry out gardening and landscape maintenance work at various sites around London in accordance with the Garden’s contractual obligations.

  2. To ensure that the quality of service delivered to existing clients is maintained or exceeded in accordance with the contractual obligations and time-frame allowed.

  3. To safely drive the Garden’s vehicles and equipment to and from sites as required and if appropriate.

  4. To carry out regular maintenance checks on the Garden’s vehicles, machinery, tools and equipment and report anything untoward to Team Leaders.

  5. To work as part of the Garden Services team and reliably and appropriately represent Walworth Garden in the community at all times.

  6. To complete a Level 2 qualification in Horticulture.

  7. To ensure that wherever possible, vans are returned to Walworth Garden empty, having been to the recycling centre and ready for the next day.

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Please note that applicants must hold a current UK driving license, and this post will also be subject to receiving satisfactory enhanced DBS disclosure checks.

Walworth Garden is committed to equality of opportunity, and values diversity. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds, particularly from Black, Asian and minoritised ethnic candidates who are currently under-represented in the horticulture industries, as well as applications from women and LGBTQIA+ candidates.

Application information

To learn more, and find details on how to apply, please visit: https://walworthgarden.org.uk/trainee-gardener

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About Walworth Garden

Walworth Garden is a charity dedicated to knowledge and nurture. Open to everyone, our award-winning gardens provide an oasis in the heart of Southwark, where people come to relax, learn and grow.Through gardening education, training and therapy, we also provide opportunities and support for members of the local community, including vulnerable and disabled adults, those who’ve suffered traumatic experiences, and unemployed people looking to improve their professional skills and qualifications.