Earthworkers (Formally Trainees)

Earthworks offers weekday placements to people aged 16 years and upwards who have a learning disability and / or mental health problem. Our earthworkers receive work experience and informal training in horticulture, ecology and conservation, small-scale construction, wood work 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 go out as the Garden Contract team to work in the gardens and allotments of local people and schools and to clear local footpaths. Earthworkers never stand on the sidelines – they pitch in and get their hands dirty come rain or shine!

They also help Earthworks move forward. Earthworkers, along with volunteers, contribute their observations and ideas to Project Group meetings. Their feedback is taken to the Project Leaders and Trustees and informs the direction of development.

Not that it’s all work, work, work. Earthworks is as much about leisure and recreation as keeping the place ticking over. 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 see the Get Involved section of the website or contact us.

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