Volunteer, Gardener

Location: 
Ryton Organic Gardens, Coventry


What do our volunteer gardeners contribute?
Working as part of a team, our volunteer gardeners contribute to the maintenance and development of our flagship organic gardens at Ryton, which serve to inspire and educate visitors. They also provide a friendly face for visitors to the garden, answering any questions they may have.

What’s in it for you?

  • Becoming part of a friendly and dedicated team
  • Meeting people from all walks of life
  • Getting your hands dirty and enjoying the great outdoors
  • Developing your own organic gardening knowledge and skills

What’s involved?
Tasks can be variable depending on the season, needs of the garden and weather and can include:

  • Helping with the general up keep of the gardens including:
    • Seed sowing, Propagation, nursery work, planting out
    • Weeding, deadheading and general care of beds and borders
    • Pruning and care of shrubs and trees
    • Grass cutting and edging
    • Composting
  • Maintaining good Health and Safety practices
  • Helping to maintain clear signs and labels around the gardens to educate and inform visitors
  • Answering questions from visitors
  • Giving the gardening team any other assistance that may be needed

This role will suit people who:

  • Have some experience and knowledge of organic gardening and a desire to learn more (unfortunately we are unable to support complete novices at present)
  • Have good communication and listening skills
  • Have a cheerful demeanour and enjoy working as part of a team
  • Are reasonably fit and willing to work out of doors in all weathers
  • Have a positive, organised and flexible approach to work
  • Are looking for experience with a view to pursuing a career in horticulture

Volunteers are asked to wear sturdy boots and bring weather appropriate clothing.

For further information and an application pack please contact our Human Resources Department:

Email: hr@gardenorganic.org.uk Tel: 024 7630 3517

Postal address: Ryton Organic Gardens, Wolston Lane, Ryton-on-Dunsmore, Coventry, CV8 3LG

Application Closing Date: 
Friday, 31 August 2018