At Forest Farm Peace Garden we are seeking an experienced gardener with a permaculture interest or experience to take the lead on our therapeutic gardening project.

Duties: The Head Gardener position is a fantastic position for an individual with a strong understanding of organic and sustainable methods of growing, interested in creating a beautiful, therapeutic space for our clients – mental health service users.

You will co-ordinate day-to-day activities in the Garden, including planning gardening tasks in consultation with staff and buddy volunteers and helping to run our twice-weekly sessions.   You will lead on providing learning opportunities for our clients, managing the site and ensuring materials and tools are supplied. You will oversee the garden’s budget and planning for the year. You will also share responsibility with the Project Manager, Ecotherapy Worker and Trustees Board for longer-term management and development of the site. You will be a confident user of MS Office software, Internet and social media tools.

 Forest Farm Peace Garden is a registered charity no: 1123031. Forest Farm ffpg-application-form-recruitment-templatePeace Garden today is supported through generous funding from Peter Stebbings Memorial Charity, Tesco ‘Bags of Help’, Postcode Lottery, London Community Foundation and London Borough of Redbridge and Big Lottery.

Details of employment: The post is for 14 hours a week (Wednesdays and Fridays). You will be required to work the occasional weekend day and there will be some evening meetings.  You will be entitled to time off in lieu.

Salary: £21 249 per annum (£8500 pro rata)

Location:  Forest Farm Peace Garden (FFPG), Hazelbrouck Gardens, Hainault, Ilford (site of the Garden). The job might include occasional office based work. Our office is located at 98-100 Ilford Lane, Ilford, Essex, IG1 2LD.

Applications close at noon Wednesday 8th March 2017.

Interviews take place on Monday 13th March 2017.

We aim to contact candidates who are selected for interview by 5pm on Friday the 10th March 2017.  However, we are working with tight timescales, and would appreciate it if you ensure that you are available on the interview day – Monday 13th March 2017 prior to hearing from us.

Application Process

Your application for the position of Head Gardener at Forest Farm Peace Garden includes:

  • A cover letter which details, with examples, how you meet the Person Specification. We cannot give you credit for assumed of implied skills, so please be specific. Please keep to 2 sides A4 maximum.
  • A filled out Application Form which contains your details and references
  • Your detailed and up-to-date CV.
  • An equal opportunities monitoring form, which will be kept separate from your application.

Please find: Equal Opportunities Form     2016equalopportunitiesmonitoringform

Application Form       ffpg-application-form-recruitment-template

Job Description and Person specification   head-gardener-jd-and-ps-feb-2017

All four documents must be submitted as .doc or .pdf files, via email, by noon Wednesday 8th March 2017. Incomplete applications will be discarded.

Unfortunately, we can only offer the position to individuals who have a right to work in the UK.

If you have any questions about the process or about the job, please contact Please allow up to 48 hours for response





FFPG is now recruiting trustees


 Our Trustee Board is responsible for the overall management and health of the organisation.

Board members undertake strategic planning for the organisation, overseeing finances and fundraising; policies and human resources, and are responsible for ensuring that the organisation is meeting its aims.

The Board meets as a group on a bi -monthly basis, with meetings generally in the evenings starting around 6:30 and lasting for 2 hours.

Please note that because FFPG is a charitable company limited by guarantee, Board members have limited liability. That means that our trustees are not individually financially liable for the organisation, provided that they have not been negligent about performing their duties. It is important, though, that the members of the board take all reasonable steps to ensure physical and mental safety of staff and volunteers, that they take reasonable steps to secure the financial health of the organisation, and that they take reasonable steps to prevent harm and ensure that we are compliant with the law.

Areas of interest:

Environment, Mental Health, Business, Management and Research, Finance Work, Fundraising, Trusteeship and Committee Work.


We ask the prospective trustees to fill up a simple form. Please e-mail Aaron if you are interested in applying for a role.


Chair of Trustees Board , Aaron Edgeley














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