Garden Manager, Thornage Hall, Thornage, Holt, Norfolk NR25 7QH | Biodynamic Association

Garden Manager, Thornage Hall, Thornage, Holt, Norfolk NR25 7QH

Executive Director for the Biodynamic Association – 3 days a week
23rd October 2018
Barn Retreat Gardener for the Sharpham Trust
9th November 2018

Salary:  £20,111 – £25,235 per annum       

Hours:   37.5, Monday to Friday with some weekend working

Thornage Hall provides supported living accommodation in 5 houses located in the beautiful surroundings of the Thornage Hall estate.  We strive to work together for people and the environment. We work both within our community at Thornage as well as with wider communities and organisations in Norfolk in order to meet the needs of adults with learning disabilities and keep environmental sustainability at the heart of what we do.

We run a biodynamic farm which provides food for those living in our houses, as well as sales to local organic outlets. We have built on the success of the farm and have converted farm buildings into studios for our Day Services offering a range of craft, IT and artistic activity – greatly enriching the lives of those people with learning disabilities who have a thirst to develop new skills within a working environment.

Our current Garden Manager is moving on to new challenges after several years with us, creating a unique opportunity at Thornage Hall.  You will be responsible for the running of the vegetable garden set over 6 acres at Thornage Hall, working as part of a team with the Farm Manager and Day Services Co-ordinator. The successful candidate will also be responsible for supporting a number of day service users, ensuring they are involved in skills development with an employed staff team for whom regular supervision and support is provided.

You will need to demonstrate experience of organic  or biodynamic gardening or farming, as well as experience of providing person centred services.  You should be able to demonstrate an understanding/experience of relating to adults with learning disabilities.  You must have an understanding of the principles of CQC together with an understanding of safeguarding issues relating to vulnerable adults.  You will have experience and/or relevant qualification (at least level 3) in horticulture, gardening or land management and ideally possess a Level 3 qualification in health and social care or equivalent qualification.
Our job description/person specification will give you more information – see /how-you-can-help/work-for-us/job/18

Successful applicants must undergo a DBS check.

We are unable to accept CVs.  All applicants should complete and return our application form, together with our recruitment monitoring form.
Forms can be emailed to or sent by post, marked Private and Confidential, to HR, Thornage Hall, Thornage, Holt, NR25 7QH.

Closing Date: noon 16 November 2018.

Shortlisting will take place the week commencing 19th November and interviews will occur the following week.