Gardening Volunteer

Title:                  Volunteer Gardener/Maintenance Team member

Location:         Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice grounds, 185 Bostall Hill, London, SE2 0GB

Reports to:       Facilities’ Manager

Commitment:       A minimum of one session per week, as convenient for the volunteer.

Outline                     To be part of a team maintaining the gardens of the Hospice under the guidance of the Maintenance Worker, for the benefit of all those who are present in the Hospice.                              


Main roles and responsibilities

  • To assist in all aspects of gardening including weeding, planting bulbs, herbaceous plants, and shrubs; pruning; edging lawns; digging / forking over soil and adding compost as required; sweeping up and general tidying, including the paved areas, driveway and car parks.
  • Tools and equipment are to be cleaned as necessary and returned to their designated area when tasks are completed or at the end of the day. Volunteers will not be asked to use power tools unless specifically qualified and authorised to do so.
  • Appropriate disposal of garden waste in the designated areas.
  • To water plants – especially hanging baskets & boxes (water hose connections are situated around the building, however, water should be used sparingly as it is run on a meter system).
  • To bring any construction / maintenance issues to the attention of the Facilities Manager
  • From time to time, to assist the Maintenance Team with tasks where extra pairs of hands are needed, such as receiving deliveries, laying paths etc

Useful skills and experience

  • Some knowledge of gardening and a wiliness to learn more
  • Able to use initiative and take directions as part of the garden team


Support and Training

  • Hospice Induction, including Health & Safety, Manual Handling Training.
  • Fire Lecture.
  • From time to time volunteers will be asked to attend training to update skills or to comply with policy changes.
  • Support and information from line manager

 To apply for the position please use the link below: 

Volunteer Application Form – Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice

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