Charity seeks to attract gardeners

CANCER charity Maggie’s is looking for qualified horticultural therapists to help maintain its gardens at its Dundee centre.

The charity has teamed up with Thrive, which champions the therapeutic and health benefits of gardening, to find people to supervise the overall maintenance of the centre’s garden while working alongside the vision of the original designer and overseeing work undertaken by volunteer groups.

It offers qualified horticultural therapists the chance to combine their passion for gardening with the opportunity to deliver a therapeutic gardening programme aimed at improving the health and well-being of people with cancer and their family and friends.

Other roles will include designing a range of seasonal gardening and garden-related activities, both indoor and out such as Christmas wreaths and integrating gardening with other aspects of Maggie’s programme such as nutrition.

It also offer an opportunity for horticultural therapists holding a Thrive Certificate, or a Diploma in Social and Therapeutic Horticulture, to practice in some very special gardens and to use gardening to make a real contribution to the lives of people affected by cancer.

Maggie’s Centres offer free practical, emotional and social support to anyone with cancer, including family and friends.

The centres have been designed by some of the world’s leading architects including Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Richard Rogers and Norman Foster. Landscape architects who have designed gardens at Maggie’s Centres include Dan Pearson, Kim Wilkie, Charles Jencks, Arabella Lennox-Boyd and Sarah Price.

Applications should be by e-mail in the format of CV with covering letter to: Carys Winship, Staff & Resources Manager at Maggie’s, carys.winship@maggiescentres.org. More details are available online at www.maggiescentres.org

Further details about Thrive, and its Diploma in Social and Therapeutic Horticulture can be found at http://www.thrive.org.uk/