Capital Growth Community Grower - Freelance Interim Role

Sustain: The alliance for better food and farming


Paid • Part Time • Fixed Term Contract

Sectors: food, farming & horticulture

Closing date: Sunday, 25th October 2020   4 days left

Capital Growth

Capital Growth is London’s Food Growing network and has been supporting people and groups to grow food in London since 2008. The project works to give everyone the opportunity to grow food as part of a healthy, resilient food system and we are working with our network of growers in London to make this happen.

In 2010, in partnership with The Royal Parks, we launched The Regent’s Park Allotment Garden project to showcase organic food growing, working with a small team of volunteers. During this time we have delivered a high profile programme of training at the park, reaching thousands of food growers alongside open days, harvest festivals and school workshops, reaching around 400 pupils each year, as well as other targeted activities. In 2019 we also began supporting the Allotment located in Kensington Gardens.

Summary description:

The Community Grower (interim) will be responsible for the smooth running and maintenance of Regent’s Park and Kensington allotment gardens to a high standard, as well as for the management of existing volunteers and additional recruitment of new volunteers. They will also be involved in an element of planning the 2021 programme of activities, events and training within the allotment gardens.

Specifically the postholder will:

  • Maintain the allotment gardens to a high standard through the winter season.
  • Plan the garden for the 2021 season, with the volunteers including ensuring all supplies and seeds ordered.
  • Supervise and support existing volunteers including organising monthly rota and covering duties, where required, and attending volunteer sessions to ensure high standard of delivery.
  • Support recruitment, induction of new volunteer team (6-10) in early 2021.
  • Organise and deliver training for volunteers in partnership with The Royal Parks.
  • Support Capital Growth’s training programme including planning the spring 2021 training calendar.
  • Liaise regularly with The Royal Parks and Capel Manor College on site staff regarding site management and session delivery.
  • Update site and activity risk assessments.
  • Maintain accurate and comprehensive records and prepare reports for the project funders.
  • Input into 2021 Capital Growth and The Royal Parks programmes, contributing ideas for training, events, activities and fundable projects.
  • Attend Capital Growth team meetings and events and represent Capital Growth’s aims and objectives at all times and input into other volunteer related Capital Growth activities.
  • Promote the Allotment Gardens through social media, webpage updates and other ad-hoc requests.

Additional tasks may include:

  • Host a monthly ‘Gardeners Question Time’ session with a guest garden from the Capital Growth network each month.
  • Deliver some training sessions as part of Capital Growth’s training programme.

Other tasks associated with the role but unlikely to take place during this period are

  • Plan, organise and deliver sessions targeting groups e.g. school children (delivered for 2021), SEN groups and others e.g. twilight sessions (Covid-19 restrictions permitting)
  • Plan and deliver public engagement activities such as open days and outreach to engage local people in the allotments.

Personal specification:


  • Commitment to the principles of sustainable food and farming, including organic growing
  • Experience of managing and supporting volunteers
  • Working knowledge of food growing and biodiversity issues and developing planting plans for community gardens
  • Experience working with diverse groups and commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Excellent team working and interpersonal skills
  • Good oral and written communication skills, with strong attention to detail
  • Good time management and organisational skills
  • Experience of working on a funded project and collecting monitoring information
  • Able to work as a freelance with public liability insurance and up to date enhanced DBS (or willingness to obtain)
  • Available to work evenings/ Saturdays (limited)


  • Experience of organising and delivering public events
  • Experience of delivering training sessions and workshops
  • Experience of managing a public access garden
  • Experience of working with community food projects in urban areas
  • Experience of contributing to leaflets, websites or other communication materials
  • Experience of building relationships with diverse organisations
  • Experience working with children and young people
  • Experience of meeting funding requirements
  • Understanding of health and wellbeing issues in relation to food growing
  • Horticultural qualification or equivalent experience
  • Knowledge of London food scene, specifically food growing

This post is commissioned and funded by The Royal Parks


Approx. 1.5-2 days per week in December 2020 - January 2021 then 2 days per week in February – March 2021. Fixed days to be agreed, but preferably include a Wednesday.


Regent’s Park and Kensington allotment gardens. Travel within London may be required.

Position type: 

Fixed-term contract, Freelance until end of March 2021. This will be 30 days between December and March. There is also potential for 4 additional days to support the planning of Capital Growth’s training calendar between December 2020 and February 2021.

Annual leave: 

This is included within daily rate therefore holiday must be agreed with manager and will be unpaid.

Equal opportunities: 

Sustain is an equal opportunities employer. See our equal opportunities policy:

Right to work: 

Entitlement to work in the UK (Sustain is not able to assist with applications for work permits). You will need to hold the necessary rights/visa to work in the UK.


Diversity matters to us. We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual's unique contribution. Diversity helps us identify where change is needed and what is required to promote equity as well as reflect the concerns of our wide alliance of members.

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We are happy to discuss and consider flexible working at the point of hire.

The postholder will contribute to the mutually supportive culture of Sustain (including staff and project participants) in which equality and diversity are not just respected but promoted. 


To apply for this position, please email a CV and a maximum two-page covering letter telling us about your experience and how this relates to the personal specification, to, by Sunday 25th October 2020 at Midday. As we are recruiting for several positions over this period, please add Capital Growth Community Grower to the subject line of your covering email along with your name.

Interviews for this position will take place online during the week commencing 2nd November 2020. Ideally the officer would be able to start as soon as possible, no later than 1st December 2020 and be available for a handover the week commencing 16th November 2020.

We are unable to accept late applications (even if you have email problems). Unfortunately, we are only able to contact those invited to interview and are unable to give feedback to candidates not invited to interview. We encourage applications from anyone with relevant skills and interests, but regret that we are unable to assist with finding accommodation or with visa applications.

Further information about Sustain and our work is at:

The Sustain alliance is a registered charity (no 1018643) and a company limited by guarantee, which is registered in England and Wales (no 02673194). Registered office: The Green House, 244 – 254 Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 9D

Please mention when responding to this ad.