Since September 2009, we have been working to develop the green space surrounding the centre in
order to realise its full potential. This has been an exciting project with the vision to create a productive
garden with areas for relaxation, based on the principles of permaculture design. The garden has café
plots, herb growing areas, forest garden with fruit & nut trees, pond, beehives, roundwood garden
shelter, cob oven. The garden has an emphasis on food production and supplements the kitchen and
café with vegetables, fruit, and herbs along with providing unusual produce to local clients and donating
to the National Food Service. Its focus is also on education, by working with volunteers, staff and local
community and through holding regular events.

We are currently recruiting for a minimum of two volunteer trainees to join the garden team and learn
how to work and manage a community-style productive food growing garden.

We are looking for two (maximum 4, for the right candidates) enthusiastic people who are keen to learn
how to grow food in a sustainable way, enjoy working outdoors, working with others, and looking to
develop their skills in community gardening and food growing. The placement will be one day a week,
on a Thursday, though an additional day, Monday, is available should the candidate wish to gain even
more experience. There is also the possibility that for the right candidate, we can extend the traineeship
to Monday rather than Thursday, or a combination of the two days, so apply if that is more accessible
for you (let us know in your email!) though we would prefer our trainees altogether as it creates a
supportive group.

Additional information about the Castle and the garden can be found on our website and about the
garden on our environmental blog: or on our Instagram page

If after reading the information you would like to apply, please enclose a CV and a covering
letter which outlines why you would be suitable for this opportunity. Please send to

Applicants will be short-listed according to how well they meet the criteria in the person specification.
Closing date for applications is by midnight Sunday 3rd March 2024

This six month placement will start early-April. There will be an option to extend to the end of the year if
the trainee wishes.

The trainees will learn all aspects of running our Garden project by:

• Assisting the four-person garden team on site one day a week on a Thursday. Hours are 9am-
5pm. Monday is available as an additional day if the trainee wishes to gain more experience.

• Helping to harvest vegetables, fruits and herbs for the Castle Kitchen & Café, and other clients.
Trainees will focus on vegetable and fruit production, cultivation, and harvesting. Tasks include
seed sowing, planting out, record keeping, weeding, watering, making compost, general garden
maintenance & groundswork and taking part in helping to organise garden events.
• Supporting and supervising volunteers.
• Supervising the garden work day and harvest when the staff are absent.
• Having the opportunity to attend tutorials and workshops in food growing. Trainees will have the
opportunity to join in on Growing Communities tutorials, held once a month in their nearby
Allens Gardens site with additional sessions in our site. A small budget is available for attending
workshops held with other training providers.


Successful applicants will be able to show that they:
• Want to learn to grow & harvest vegetables, fruit and herbs
• Are committed to the aims of The Castle Climbing Centre
• Are able to work outdoors in all weathers
• Are reliable, hardworking, and organised
• Would benefit from this traineeship
• Work well with other people
• Could supervise volunteers
• Can commit to working one day a week
• Have some experience in gardening growing food and herbs
• Have practical skills appropriate to working in a garden

The placement is unpaid, although trainees receive lunch from the Castle café as well as being
given the opportunity to attend tutorials and food growing workshops