Charity for the advancement of education in Horticulture and Conservation. This includes: placements for young adults with learning difficulties; help for the young unemployed; wildlife audits; workshops; community open days; group visitors; school visits; visits under residents of nursing homes.
We also have our own programme of residential placements (4 to 8 weeks) for students from across the E.U.
We also sometimes need stewards to assist at our annual private viewing and various open days.
The garden is a series of "rooms" which includes:
Herbarium; Vegetables; Orchard; Wetland; Waterfalls; Beach; Pond; Cottage Garden; Exotics; Collections: Dianthus; Fucshias; Acers; Conifers; Exotics; Alpines; specimen trees; meditation areas, Statues; of deities & mythological animals; large wooden arches; pergolas; 23 seating areas; walls and paths. And emergent woodland area.
No previous experience necessary. Liquid refreshments provided. And all tools and gloves etc are provided.
Volunteers can come along to help from as little as 2 hours a week. Your help working with the founder Stephe Cox (and sometimes our E.U. volunteers) will be invaluable to assist us in maintaining the garden, develop new projects and enable it to continue to be available for the benefit of others.
There is also a fully equipped gym for use by volunteers.
As part of its ethos to give responsibility to young people, this post is for an individual to take full responsibility to create information sheets on conservation and wildlife. The post can operate remotely. Each post last for one university year part time. (i.e. you can work part time and fit it in with your university studies as and when you wish)
The trust is a registered charity for the advancement of education in horticulture and conservation. The garden is organic and wildlife takes precedence. The Trust also has a code of practice with regards to rights of non-human life. In both the house and the garden the carbon footprint is being reduced and measures for ecological living undertaken.
The manager appointed will research write up such guides chosen from the available list supplied. But may also make suggestions of other subjects to be written. The finished material will be stored in the Trust archives and disseminated to the public. The manager will be given authorial credit. The material may be used in future publications by the Trust.
Such volunteering supports the SCGT but yields individual benefits such as: enhanced cv, developmental skills in a chosen areas connected to career choice, learning marketing/presentation/ communication/research etc skills. When recruiting new staff employers often favour applicants who have done volunteering work.
It is suggested that you familiarise yourself with the work of the Trust. (see: stephencoxgarden.simplesite.com)
On conclusion: (i) You will produce a final report on your achievements/role. (ii) Receive a testimonial from the Trust. (iii) Be able to list the Trust as one of their References for job applications.
Minimum commitment level: Once a month
Start Date: 01-01-2021