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Horticulture vacancies: gardening and plant health vacancies.

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JOB: Rewilding Volunteer
BE4: October 2022
IV: --
LOC: Accrington, Hyndburn East Lancashire
PAY: Training & travel up to £5.00
FOR: The Prospects Foundation

Take part in weekly activity sessions, sowing wildflower meadows, laying hedges, planting trees among other activities! All materials are provided, enthusiasm, a willingness to learn & share your skills with the community are all that are needed. Woodworking, gardening & practical environmental conservation skills are welcome, although these will be developed whilst volunteering with the project. A love of nature & willingness to contribute to planning & delivery of activities are a bonus! Level of commitment; 3 hpw on either a Monday or Tuesday during the daytime plus opportunities to take part in extra training & events. For more information please contact Gareth on 01254 230348 or gareth.muir@prospectsfoundation.org.uk.



JOB: Habitats and Heritage Volunteer
BE4: April 2023
IV: --
LOC: Accrington, Hyndburn East Lancashire
PAY: Training & travel up to £5.00
FOR: The Prospects Foundation

Prospects Foundation manages 8 woodlands in the borough on behalf of Lancashire County Council. Volunteers are needed to support Prospects to look after these and other sites in Hyndburn through practical environment conservation activities and training. Volunteers will engage in practical environmental conservation tasks including; litter picking, Invasive species/woodland/meadow/pond management and maintenance. Training opportunities are available to gain AQA certificates along with Health and Safety and First Aid. This is a practical role and would suit people who are physically active and willing to volunteer in all weather conditions. Level of commitment; 3-4 hours on a Wednesday and/or Thursday during the daytime. There will be opportunities to take part in extra training and workshops at other times of the week. For more information please contact Gareth on 01254 230348 or gareth.muir@prospectsfoundation.org.uk.





JOB: District Volunteer
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
LOC: Opportunities across Scotland
PAY: Training, garden visits
FOR: Scotland’s Gardens Scheme

Our District Volunteers help our District Organisers and Garden Openers to open private gardens to the public for charity. This is a varied role that includes helping at gardens with admissions, teas, signage and car parking on the day of the opening, as well as publicity beforehand. It's a great opportunity to support different charities, build new relationships, develop your gardening knowledge and visit beautiful gardens. We offer training and support, regional meetings and the opportunity to attend our National Conference. 2-4 hpw. Please contact Julie Golding. 0131 226 3714 julie@scotlandsgardens.org

JOB: Volunteer
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
LOC: Escot Park, Ottery St Mary
PAY:
FOR: Wildwood Escot

At Wildwood Escot in Devon, we thrive through generous volunteers donating their time and talents. We have a wide variety of opportunities including regular positions for individual volunteers, college work placements, university internships and special event days more suited to teams. We are looking for enthusiastic and friendly individuals who are happy to be outside in all weather conditions. Volunteers are welcome to apply to help in various areas of Escot within various teams such as the keeper team, education team, maintenance team and gardening team. We also have fantastic opportunities on various projects such as our wetland restoration project, our Anglo Saxon village experience, seasonal events and our gardening for wildlife project. Find out more from Charlotte Mead on charlotte.mead@wildwoodtrust.org.

JOB: Residential Volunteer
BE4: N / A
IV: --
LOC: Magdalen Farm, Winsham, Chard, Somerset
PAY: Accom. incl meals & training
FOR: Magdalen Environmental Trust

A 132 acre organic educational & therapeutic centre that welcomes c. 4,500 visitors of all ages & abilities in a residential & day visit capacity. For the last 25 years we have engaged with & educated visitors using nature & the farming environment as our resource; it is fun, inspirational & innovative. Most of the help required is horticultural. There is also animal care which involves feeding up & putting our lovely poultry to bed! We always have the need for help with conservation & construction such as building wooden bridges. Time: 3 weeks to 2 months. Experience and interest in horticulture is essential and we hope that you have a passion for and experience in looking after animals. We will teach some animal care skills, seasonal horticultural skills & organic vegetable growing. As we are in a rural setting & not a community you will need to be fairly self-sufficient & being sociable is really important too. Self-motivated, enthusiastic, committed & willing to get involved. Contact rebecca@magdalenfarm.org.uk to request a volunteer application pack.

JOB: Site Maintenance Volunteer
BE4: N / A
IV: --
LOC: Iver Environment Centre, Iver Heath, SL0 0EB
PAY:
FOR: Iver Environment Centre, Groundwork South

To provide horticultural support to Iver Environment Centre (IEC). Main Tasks: horticultural support to help maintain and improve the site; watering plants; weeding and pruning; propagating plants; harvesting produce; footpath maintenance; associated garden maintenance tasks such as repairing fencing, painting or building gabions; tidy site with all tools away at the end of each visit. Skills / experience required: plant / horticultural knowledge or interest; experience of completing tasks outdoors; environmental awareness or willing to learn; an interest in the aims of Iver Environment Centre. 1 day per week, flexible.  Please contact iver.environment@groundwork.org.uk.

JOB: Green Recovery Volunteering
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
LOC: Kettering, Northamptonshire
PAY: 0*
FOR: Groundwork Northamptonshire

Working alongside disadvantaged young adults on work placements, the Natural Neighbourhoods Green Team build more resilient communities through exciting environmental regeneration projects. Volunteer for 15 weeks, up to three days per week (Tues to Thurs), learn new landscape construction and conservation skills with a focus on environmental improvement, boost your wellbeing, confidence and teamwork skills, and increase your employability. Based at The Greenpatch Community Garden and Allotment site in Kettering and at Twywell Hills and Dales Nature Reserve / Country Park. *CSCS card training will be offered if 15 weeks is completed with the team. For more information please contact: francine.rainbow@groundwork.org.uk.

JOB: Volunteer Towpath Ranger - Nottingham
BE4: 17-12-2021
IV: --
LOC: Notts Beeston Canal
PAY: Full induction, on-going training, reasonable out of pocket expenses, Trust clothing and equipment.
FOR: Canal and River Trust

Volunteer Towpath Rangers are part of the Canal & River Trust’s team working to encourage the growth in popularity of our towpaths. Rangers are the eyes and ears of the local waterway, a friendly face who is happy engaging with all users of our towpaths. They also build relationships with local residents and communities to get involved and volunteer with us to make a difference to the canals and rivers they care about. As a Volunteer Towpath Ranger, you will help make sure the towpaths are an enjoyable place for everyone; reporting any issues that you see, towpath gardening and light maintenance work. This opportunity is flexible so will suit someone with a few hours to spare each week. We welcome interest from families as well as individuals - this task is a great way to get fit, meet new people and see some great wildlife at the same time! Time: minimum of 1 hour a week. More information: https://c-js.co.uk/3cFeG3h





JOB: Volunteer Towpath Ranger - Leicester
BE4: 17-12-2021
IV: --
LOC: Leicester
PAY: Full induction, on-going training, reasonable out of pocket expenses, Trust clothing and equipment.
FOR: Canal and River Trust

Volunteer Towpath Rangers are part of the Canal & River Trust’s team working to encourage the growth in popularity of our towpaths. Rangers are the eyes and ears of the local waterway, a friendly face who is happy engaging with all users of our towpaths. They also build relationships with local residents and communities to get involved and volunteer with us to make a difference to the canals and rivers they care about. As a Volunteer Towpath Ranger, you will help make sure the towpaths are an enjoyable place for everyone; reporting any issues that you see, towpath gardening and light maintenance work. This opportunity is flexible so will suit someone with a few hours to spare each week. We welcome interest from families as well as individuals - this task is a great way to get fit, meet new people and see some great wildlife at the same time! Time: minimum of 1 hour a week. More information: https://c-js.co.uk/3FLP0yJ

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