Therapeutic Horticulture Assistants


Martineau Gardens is an established therapeutic Community Garden, close to Birmingham city centre. The organically maintained land provides a place to learn, to heal, to connect with nature and to play.  The Gardens are tended by a community of volunteers, many of whom experience mental health issues or have learning difficulties.  The volunteers are led by horticultural therapists who take a holistic approach to each individual’s wellbeing. Martineau Gardens is open six days a week, as a tranquil place that is free for all to visit

We are looking for people with good gardening knowledge who wish to enhance their skills and gain hands-on experience in social and therapeutic gardening. Our volunteers have a range of support needs from mental health, autism spectrum disorder, learning disability, dementia or traumatic brain injury.  We strive to make a difference to our volunteers’ lives by being inclusive, non-judgemental and giving everybody a purpose, a sense of achievement and something to look forward to.

Role description:

  • To ensure a safe, friendly and welcoming environment for all.
  • To assist the therapeutic horticulture programme leaders by helping volunteers to complete tasks in the garden.
  • To help with setting up sessions and clearing up afterwards.
  • To carry out routine maintenance of tools and equipment.
  • To contribute to development plans and project evaluations.

We will provide:

  • Two days of induction training with our skilled therapeutic horticulture programme leaders.
  • Staff supervision and a go-to person for advice.
  • Reasonable travel expenses, as agreed in advance.
  • A reference on request for future opportunities.

Your commitment:

  • To volunteer one or two days per week on a regular basis during our weekday opening times, Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • To be willing to work outdoors in all weathers.
  • To undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS), due to being directly involved with supporting adults at risk (Martineau Gardens will arrange this at no cost to yourself).

Person specification:

  • Gardening experience is essential, the following are desirable:
  • Experience of managing small groups.
  • Experience of working with adults with mental health needs, autism spectrum disorders, brain injury, dementia or learning disabilities.
  • Good communication and group skills, including group decision-making.
  •  Interest in green woodworking and enthusiasm for nature, wildlife and protecting the natural environment is desirable.


If you have any further questions about this volunteer role please contact Jane Bradshaw: jane[at]martineau-gardens[dot]org; Tel: 0121 440 7430

To apply: Please email info@ to request an application form, or call the number above. 

Please email your completed form to jane[at]martineau-gardens[dot]org or mail it to Martineau Gardens, 27 Priory Road, Birmingham B30 1T