Earthworks offers weekday placements to people aged 16 and over 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. They cultivate fruit and vegetables in our market garden and allotments, and sell to the public. They build wildlife habitats around our ponds, meadow and woodland.
Earthworkers and volunteers contribute ideas for Earthworks during our quarterly Project Group Meetings. This feedback informs our direction during the next quarter.
Many friendships have been formed over the years as Earthworkers, volunteers and staff swap stories and jokes at breaktime, 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 caring for plants, scarecrow workshops, building bug hotels 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.
Our dedicated team of volunteers work in our gardens in all weathers. They often also run fundraising stalls or 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 and remain upbeat, patient and enthusiastic.
Working for Earthworks is immensely rewarding. We are extremely fortunate to have committed, compassionate staff who put the welfare of Earthworkers first.
- Bianca Badham (CEO)
- Stephen Pike (Deputy CEO)
- Michele Seymour (Project Coordinator)
- Angelina Jenkins (Project Coordinator and Schools Project Coordinator)
- Steve Shelley (Support Worker)
- Susi Williams (Support Worker)
- Kate Mackay (Fundraising Development Manager)
Staff vacancies do arise from time to time.
Our trustees meet quarterly to discuss and determine business strategy and to consider new projects, initiatives and opportunities.
Our trustees work together to ensure Earthworks continues to provide the best possible service.
To learn more about our trustees, or to join our 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 people who buy produce and products from our gardens and our stall at the Farmers’ Market, attend our fundraising events, commission our gardening services and make donations: Your support enables us to continue our vital work. Thank you.