Gardener, Northward Hills

Thursday 31 May 2018
Vacancy type:
Practical conservation
Northward Hill

What we're looking for

We have a small picnic area (about 20 x10 metres) at the reserve which is currently a bit neglected and unkempt (although there is a little veg patch with some potatoes and onions growing!). We are looking for a self sufficient and creative volunteer to create, and maintain, a picnic area that is a pleasant place which attracts wildlife and people, and acts as a "model wildlife garden to visitors full of plants/shrubs that are native to the UK.

The skills you need

Enthusiasm and a creative ability to develop the picnic area with very limited funding are the key skills that are needed, plus of course an interest in conservation. If you have a knowledge of native plants that is great, but, if not, you will need to be willing to research the subject. As the budget is limited you will need to find creative solutions to developing the area and finding native plants and seedlings to put in the picnic area. You will need an up-to-date tetanus injection.

Your time

Ad hoc
All year round

What's in it for you?

A brilliant opportunity to help create your own little garden haven for birds and native plants. You would have free range in the development of the picnic site, showcasing your creative flair in developing an area that visitors to the reserve can enjoy. There is also a small veg and herb patch which you can use if you wish to do so. You will be encouraged to come up with ideas and creative solutions to develop and maintain the area. It will also enable you to enjoy the reserve and to research, and build up your knowledge and understanding of, native plants as well as make a genuine contribution to wildlife conservation. You will gain a valuable insight into the workings of Europe's largest conservation charity.

How to apply


Lygia Shubert, Northward Hill
Tel: 01634 222480


We will provide gardening tools and occasionally help mow the grass. You will be working on your own with occasional get togethers with the Assistant Warden and our Volunteer Co-ordinator to exchange information and ideas, discuss things you may need and how we can help to get them. Since you'll be giving up your time, it's only fair that we offer to re-imburse your travel expenses (up to 25 miles). The RSPB speaks out for birds and wildlife, tackling the problems that threaten our environment. We rely upon memberships and donations to fund our work. By volunteering your time and skills, you could make a real difference to the work of the RSPB. Nature is amazing – help us keep it that way.

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