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Therapeutic Gardener

Contract: Full-time post, 37.5 hours per week (any 5 days from a 7 day period)

Location: Bridgewater, Salford

Salary: £21,481 per annum

About us

The Royal Horticultural Society is the world's leading gardening charity, devoted to inspiring everyone to grow and sharing the best in gardening and horticulture. Our existing four gardens are a key part of this vision, and are amongst the finest in the country, showcasing the best in horticulture, as well as being centres of learning and major visitor destinations. RHS Bridgewater will be our fifth garden and marks a significant milestone in the continuing growth of the organisation within the U.K.

The role

This post will be amazingly challenging, exciting and diverse in remit as the ground-breaking project at Bridgewater develops and evolves over the forthcoming years. We are looking for an experienced and keen therapeutic horticulturalist to take on this challenging post. Additionally, previous experience in delivering projects is highly desirable.

As a social and therapeutic horticulturalist, working within the newly designed and built RHS Bridgewater Wellbeing garden (WBG), you will be responsible for providing suitable,person-centred horticultural and non-horticultural activities for your client user groups in order to promote health and wellbeing. You will liaise with external partners and develop a wider role around Health and Wellbeing (H&WB). You will also be responsible for the care, cultivation and maintenance of the WBG as part of the walled garden team.

How to apply

A full job description and online application form can be found here.

All applications should be received by 5:00pm on Tuesday 15th January 2019.

Interviews to be carried out on Tuesday 22nd January 2019 and second stage (if successful) on Thursday 31st January.

Therapeutic Garden Co-ordinator (Male*)

*Exempt under the Equality Act 2010 Schedule 9, Part 1

Contract:Full time post, live-in (37.5 hours per week)

Location: Lothlorien Therapeutic Community (RokpaTrust)

Salary:£23,000 paid monthly in arrears

2 relief positions available for male or female candidates

About us

Lothlorien is a Therapeutic Community for people with mental health difficulties situated in a quiet rural setting in South West Scotland. We are looking to recruit a full-time male Therapeutic Gardening Co-ordinator and we also have Relief Gardener positions available.

The role

This is a dynamic and exciting opportunity to work within a Therapeutic Community environment. We are looking for a creative individual who can inspire our residents to connect with gardening as a route to recovery and well-being. The garden plays a central part in helping people connect with a sense of meaning and purpose in their recovery at Lothlorien Community. The person appointed will be coming into an organic vegetable garden with scope for innovation. 

We provide a structured gardening programme pitched at an appropriate level for people in recovery from mental health problems. This can have a very positive effect on mental well-being by having a grounding and healing effect, as well as providing people with the opportunity to develop their self-esteem, confidence and skills when working towards recovery. The therapeutic and relational aspects of the work are more important than being goal-orientated. Working with residents to foster a sense of participation, belonging, inclusion, mutual respect, at a pace and level with which they are comfortable is key.

How to apply

Links to the full job description and application form can be found at