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Location: Swindon, Oxfordshire

Salary: FTE Salary £23,000-£25,480 (pro rata £15,114-£16,744) depending on experience

Hours: 23 hours per week, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 8.45am–3pm

Deadline: Monday 7th February 2022, 12 noon.

Root & Branch are looking to recruit an experienced gardener who wants to use their love of nature to make a difference.

The charity helps adults with mental health difficulties on their path to recovery. It is looking for a highly motivated, compassionate individual to manage its beautiful garden and lead its therapeutic horticulture activities.

Aims of the role

This role is for 23 hours per week. The hours of work are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 8.45am– 3pm, with additional flexible time for out of hours plant care and staff meetings.

The garden manager oversees all aspects of therapeutic gardening activity, manages volunteers, is responsible for maintaining and developing the garden, growing plants to raise funds and producing vegetables and fruit to be used in cooking activities. The role includes pastoral duties, health and safety, budgeting, managing risk and safeguarding.

About Root & Branch

Root & Branch is a small, independent charity, based on an organic farm situated on the Oxfordshire/Wiltshire border in the beautiful Vale of the White Horse. Root & Branch helps adults in their recovery towards mental and emotional well-being using therapeutic gardening and rural crafts, encouraging physical activity and promoting good nutrition through healthy eating.

They support and encourage adults coping with severe enduring mental health difficulties, contributing to them regaining and sustaining their confidence and self-esteem, providing them with new skills and training and encouraging them to take part in a variety of learning activities specific to their needs.


You will be qualified at RHS level 3 or equivalent with a professional background in horticulture and very sound working knowledge of plants and propagation.

The ideal candidate will have previous experience in one or more of these areas: mental health; working with vulnerable people; management of volunteers and/or service users; working in the charity sector and/or fundraising.

Root & Branch seek a compassionate, highly motivated, well-organised multi-tasker who can:

  • lead a team of volunteers
  • work well under pressure
  • be a strong team player
  • deliver positive outcomes for our beneficiaries


  • Full Time Equivalent Salary £23,000 - £25,480 (pro rata £15,114 - £16,744) depending on experience
  • Pension
  • Annual leave & Bank Holiday entitlement (pro rata)

How to apply

For a job description, person specification and an application form or to arrange an informal visit, please e-mail rootandbranch@btconnect.com.

For more information about Root & Branch please visit their website www.rootandbranch.info

Root & Branch are committed to equal opportunities. Applications must be provided on the application form. CVs will not be accepted.

Application deadline: Monday 7th February 2022, 12 noon.

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