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Offered by:
STAA at St Ann's Allotments
 
Location(s): St Ann's
 
Address where volunteering takes place: St Ann's Allotments Ransom Road Nottingham NG3 3LH  

How many places are on offer?

Several

Purpose of Role:

This is an exciting opportunity to support STAA at St Ann's Allotments and get experience in a broad range of horticulture/gardening, wildlife and community based activities. The role will experience practical skills across the seasons and move between project areas, shadowing experienced staff.


Role Description:

A chance to develop comprehensive skills in a broad range of horticulture, gardening and conservation, this structured volunteer role will work across all STAA projects on an agreed rotation, based at the beautiful, unique St Ann's Allotments 1 mile from central Nottingham. Tasks are likely to include a mix of the following:

- Full process of growing fruit and vegetables
- Ornamental gardening at our Heritage display garden
- Conservation skills across woodland, grassland and wetland (pond) management.
- Maintenance of the project plots, including mowing, hedgecutting and digging.
- Ongoing maintenance of plants, including weeding and watering.
- Horticultural techniques including taking cuttings, grafting trees, and pruning
- Leading groups of volunteers in all aspects of the delivery of the project (after training)
- An independent project, to be agreed with the supervisor.

There will also be an element of additional training involved in this role – primarily in-house, but also via external provision where possible.

SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
Required:
A horticultural interest, some experience is desirable
A reasonable level of fitness
A commitment for the duration of the ranger role (1 year)
You may gain:
Practical skills in a competitive industry, new friends, increased employability.
You will have the opportunity to shadow and work with a skilled and knowledgeable horticultural worker in a close knit team.
This role will work to a scheme of skills, to ensure a comprehensive experience.

DETAILS
Age restrictions: Volunteers should be over 18.
Length of commitment required: 9 months- 1 year
Is a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Disclosure required?: No – unless role develops to include regular leading of groups – upon mutual agreement.

This role will be mainly outdoors on rough terrain, so please wear sturdy footwear and suitable clothing.

DAYS AND TIMES
This role is for approximately 6 days a month, which can be spread across a selection of Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Some flexibility possible.

 
Skills and Qualifications:

Desirable skills and experience:
A horticultural interest, some experience is desirable
A reasonable level of fitness
A commitment for the duration of the ranger role (1 year)

You may gain:
Practical skills in a competitive industry, new friends, increased employability.
You will have the opportunity to shadow and work with a skilled and knowledgeable horticultural worker in a close knit team.
This role will work to a scheme of skills, to ensure a comprehensive experience.

 
When required:

This grid shows when you can volunteer for this opportunity.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
 

Additional information:
Are there age restrictions for this opportunity? Yes
Age Restrictions:

18+

 
Are there gender restrictions for this opportunity? No
 
Is the opportunity accessible to disabled people? Yes
 
How long before volunteer can expect a response?

1 week

How long to complete training and recruitment?

2 hour induction, initial training period approx 1 month, then ongoing supervision and training.

 
Volunteer Expenses offered? Yes
Induction and Training offered? Yes
Support and Supervision offered? Yes
Has a risk assessment been carried out? Yes
DBS Disclosure required? No
 

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