Who are we looking for?

We are looking for a friendly and approachable individual to join our kitchen garden team!

Minstead Lodge is home to our New Forest Day Opportunities for adults with learning disabilities, at the heart of which is a fabulous walled Kitchen Garden. Offering horticultural training opportunities and wellbeing sessions, our small but busy garden team work directly with the people we support, growing a variety of fruit, vegetables and cut flowers.

From seeding and propagation to planting, pruning, weeding and watering there is always work to be getting on with and the team would welcome extra hands at the start of another busy gardening year!

This role would ideally suit someone who enjoys being outside (often in all weather!), is practical and has a passion for gardening and growing. As a support role, it also requires someone who is friendly, kind and approachable and who enjoys engaging with people.


As a guide, we would suggest a minimum of 2-3 hours to fit in with either a morning or afternoon session, 9:45am -1pm / 2pm – 4pm, Monday – Friday.

About Minstead Trust:

Minstead Trust is a charity based in the New Forest and Portsmouth which offers a range of Supported Living, Residential Care, Day Opportunities, Community Programmes and Social Enterprises (including Furzey Gardens and Hanger Farm Arts Centre) to over 270 adults with learning disabilities. Supporting them, and their families, we provide opportunities that encourage the people we support to develop greater independence. We do this through improved health and well-being, the development of life skills and increasing employability.

Read more about Minstead Trust and all our services here:

Get in touch!

If you would like more information or a detailed role description, please contact Ruth Farrell, Volunteer coordinator.

07810 580872 / 023 8081 2297 (Main reception at Minstead Lodge) Minstead Lodge

Volunteering is a great way to share your enthusiasm, skills and ideas whilst still having fun and meeting like-minded people. By volunteering for us, you will be making a positive contribution to our Minstead Trust community and a HUGE difference to the lives of vulnerable adults with learning disabilities.

Join the team, join the fun and help change lives!

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