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HighGround at Headley Court is currently looking for volunteers

Are you a competent gardener with a sense of humour and an empathetic manner? Could you spare 4 hours a week to work in the garden alongside our Horticultural Therapist at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre which provides rehabilitation for injured service personnel at Headley Court?

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and Ministry of Defence security checks mandatory and 2 written references satisfactory to HighGround required.

Minimum commitment: 6 Months. Travel expenses offered.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks satisfactory to HG will be required and two written references satisfactory to HighGround required.

Travel expenses offered.


New HighGround roles at Stanford Hall

Horticultural Therapist

In September 2018 clinical delivery will start at the new DNRC and HighGround needs to be ready to start delivering the Horticultural Therapy service to the first patients on this historic day.

To that end, we will be recruiting a new Horticultural Therapist who can start work in early summer 2018 so he/she can spend a minimum of 4 weeks at Headley Court with Carol our Horticultural Therapist and her patients to learn about delivery to this unique group.

If you are interested in applying for the Horticultural Therapist’s position, please can you e-mail or post a letter to Anna BC describing why you are interested in the position and what skills and experience you can bring to the role and a current CV by 31st December 2017.

We will start interviews in February 2018 with a view to making our final choice and welcoming our new Horticultural Therapist to Team HighGround in May 2018.

What are you waiting for..?!

The successful candidate will be responsible for delivering Horticultural Therapy at the DNRC, building on the 3 year pilot at Headley Court after which the Surgeon General commented in a letter to Anna Baker Cresswell: “Horticultural Therapy (HT) is integrated into the patient’s individual rehabilitation programmes allowing them to participate in different aspects of horticulture, dependent on their physical limitations and particular gardening interest. Its benefits are well known, with evidence that it can improve both physical and psychological well-being.”

Carol, our wonderful Horticultural Therapist will continue to deliver Horticultural Therapy at Headley Court until August 2018 when Headley Court closes, and the successful candidate will spend time over the summer at Headley Court with Carol and her patients learning about how to deliver Horticultural Therapy to this unique client group.


Gardening Volunteers at Stanford Hall

It is vital that the therapeutic environment where Horticultural Therapy is delivered to DNRC’s patients is kept in good horticultural order.

We are very fortunate at Headley Court to have a small team of excellent Gardening Volunteers, many of whom also volunteer at RHS Wisley.

We are looking for good gardeners who can spare one day a week or fortnight to join our team at Stanford Hall where we will be responsible for the therapeutic area from April 2018.


If you would like more information about becoming a Gardening Volunteer, please complete the Expression of Interest form below.


Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

Your Address

Your Telephone number

Horticultural qualifications and experience:

Why would you like to become a Gardening Volunteer at Stanford Hall?:

Any other comments.

* We will not share your contact details with any 3rd party.


How To Apply

Please email Anna Baker Cresswell at or phone 07951 495 272 to discuss any of the roles.