Earthworks offers weekday placements to people aged 16 years and upwards who have a learning disability. Our Earthworkers receive work experience and informal training in horticulture, ecology and conservation, small-scale construction, woodwork and crafts.
All Earthworkers are instrumental in maintaining our beautiful garden, cultivating the fruit and vegetables in our market garden and allotments, selling to the public and building habitats around our ponds, meadow and woodland.
They also help Earthworks move forward. Earthworkers, along with volunteers, contribute their observations and ideas to Project Group meetings. Through the Project Leaders and Trustees, this feedback informs the direction of development.
Not that it’s all work, work, work. Many friendships have been formed over the years as the Earthworkers, volunteers and staff swap stories and jokes or party away on Bonfire Night and at the Christmas bash.
If you or someone you know would like to become an Earthworker please visit Apply to Join
Earthworks runs special projects to give local children with learning disabilities and special educational needs the opportunity to learn about gardening and nature and indirectly build their self-confidence.
Activities have included tending for plants, scarecrow workshops, construction of a bug hotel and bug boxes, making bird food holders and pressing flowers so that the children can use them to decorate working clocks that they also build.
Earthworks is blessed with a dedicated team of volunteers who work on site in all weathers. They often also give up weekends to run fundraising stalls or to help out at events.
Without their drive, enthusiasm and commitment we would not be able to provide such a high quality service. They work extremely hard without complaint and always remain upbeat, patient and enthusiastic.
Earthworks has grown from humble beginnings and now has an established staff team:
- Bianca Badham (CEO)
- Stephen Pike (Deputy CEO)
- Michele Seymour (Project Coordinator)
- Angelina Jenkins (Project Coordinator and Schools Project Coordinator)
- Harriet Stebbens (Project Coordinator)
- Kate Mackay (Fundraising Development Manager)
Staff vacancies do arise from time to time.
Working for Earthworks is immensely rewarding. We are extremely fortunate to have committed, compassionate staff who put the welfare of Earthworkers first.
Our trustees meet on a quarterly basis to discuss and determine business strategy and to consider new projects, initiatives and opportunities.
The Trustees discharge legal responsibilities for the charity and share their professional or personal expertise. All work collaboratively to ensure that Earthworks continues to provide the best possible service.
If you are interested in joining the Trustees, please visit our volunteer page.
Our wider community
We recognise how fortunate we are to have so much goodwill and help from people in St Albans and elsewhere in Hertfordshire.
To all the folk who buy produce and products from the site and our stall at the Farmers’ Market, attend our fundraising events, commission our gardening services and make donations: Your incredible support enables us to continue our work. Thank you.