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Kitchen and Engagement Gardener (Royal Parks)

£12.31 per hour plus benefits
Closing date
22 Apr 2024

Job Details

Who Are We Looking For?

Are you an enthusiastic and green-thumbed maestro, eager to immerse yourself in the captivating world of kitchen gardening within the prestigious Royal Parks? We’re on the hunt for a passionate Kitchen and Engagement Gardener who shares our zeal for protecting, conserving, and maintaining the Royal Parks’ natural and designed landscapes. Maintaining them as thriving, sustainable havens for everyone to enjoy. Are you a passionate and experienced Kitchen Gardener seeking a unique opportunity to lead the delivery of key objectives within the Royal Parks?

Are You What We Are Looking For?

As a Kitchen and Engagement Gardener, you will:

  • Provide excellent customer service when working with members of the public and volunteers.
  • Hold a qualification in Horticulture to RHS General Level 2.
  • Bring a minimum of 3 years of experience in Kitchen or allotment gardening.
  • Demonstrate sound knowledge and the ability to create an annual plan for a kitchen garden, ensuring year-round interest and produce.
  • Possess extensive knowledge in plant propagation, pruning, germination, grafting, and fruit tree pruning.
  • Apply good plant husbandry knowledge and organic principles for growing fruit and vegetables.
  • Have a comprehensive understanding of plant varieties with a keen interest in kitchen gardening.
  • Be competent in operating power tools, including lawn mowers, strimmers, and hedge cutting equipment.
  • Demonstrate excellent awareness of Health & Safety protocols and procedures.
  • Hold a full and clean UK Driver’s License, with the ability to drive a medium-size van/vehicle.
  • Exhibit the ability to work independently and as a part of a team.
  • Showcase good verbal communication and organizational skills.
  • Embody honesty, reliability, and dependability.
  • Be well-motivated with an eye for detail and a commitment to achieving high standards.
  • Be flexible in your approach, understanding the role of volunteers within the charity sector.
  • Possess the ability to manage a team of volunteers, overseeing work planning and recruitment processes.
  • Preferably, implement gardening using organic methods and products.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in IT skills.
  • Understand pest and disease management techniques.
  • Grasp the storage, maintenance, and management of tools and equipment for the kitchen garden and its volunteers.

Who Are We?

idverde is a leading provider of green services, committed to enhancing outdoor spaces and promoting environmental sustainability. Specializing in grounds maintenance, landscaping, and horticulture solutions, we play a vital role in maintaining and beautifying public and private landscapes across the United Kingdom.

What Is In It For You?

Joining idverde as a Kitchen and Engagement Gardener comes with exciting benefits, including:

  • Competitive hourly pay rate.
  • 21 days holiday plus bank holidays.
  • Access to a pension scheme.
  • An enticing Refer a Friend program – earn £500 for every successful candidate employed.
  • Health and Wellbeing support through our Employee Assistance Program (EAP).
  • Participation in annual and monthly colleague recognition schemes with rewards to be won.
  • A range of flexible benefits, such as retail discounts, volunteering policies, and financial wellbeing support.

Plus, Much More!

Take the next step in your gardening career with idverde UK, contributing to the well-being of Londoners and visitors while working in the iconic Royal Parks. Apply now to be a part of our dedicated team and play a crucial role in the conservation, sustainability, and enjoyment of these historic and beautiful spaces.


Our people ethos is based on well-managed, highly trained, and motivated people. We recognise and accept individual differences and value the diversity that this brings to our workforce. We are constantly looking for people who can deliver and who really care about what they do. 

We are well known for our commitment to developing our colleagues and we know the importance of building high-quality teams.   

The retention of good calibre people is key to the success of our business.  We provide employees with a career and not just a job. When we recruit people, we look not only for capability but attitude. We place great importance on our employees having a natural affinity to care about our environment, our customers, and the positive impact we make on people and places. 

Our in-house performance academy offers our employees the best possible training and personal development to help them succeed with their chosen career path. We offer a range of courses from our E-learning platform through to Horticulture apprenticeships, we’re proud to support our colleagues every step of the way.  

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