head gardener

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 for 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. You will provide informal and formal learning opportunities for volunteers, including running occasional workshops. You will oversee the garden planning for the year, site management and safety. 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.


o   Running our ecotherapy sessions alongside other staff (Ecotherapy Worker or Project Manager) 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.)

o   Overseeing the planning and development of the site in line with permaculture and organic principles, and according to any specific funding requirements.

o   Creating learning opportunities about food growing and horticulture through delivery of workshops and educational materials.

o   Ensuring that materials and garden supplies are purchased when required.

o   Reporting to Trustees at board meetings.

o   Updating any garden files throughout the season making sure that essential tasks are recorded and monitored.

o   Occasionally planning and running other volunteering sessions, for example, for corporate groups or weekend volunteer days to develop a specific garden project in collaboration with partners.

o   Supporting the planning and running of Forest Farm Peace Garden events alongside other staff, and attending our two annual community events.

o   Attending training as appropriate.

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

application process

For further details about this role please download the Job Description below. To apply for this position please email your CV with a covering letter, outlining how you meet the requirements for the role. Please also complete the Application Form and Equal Opportunities Form below. The deadline for completed applications is 5pm Monday 17 December 2018.

Head Gardener Job Description and Person Specification

Application Form

Equal Opportunities Form

Please email your application to: kate@forestfarmpeacegarden.org