Nursery Propagator

From Cherry Tree Nursery

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Working For: Cherry Tree Nursery

Nursery Propagator

Job Ref ADV468

A rare opportunity to join our amazing charity has arisen due to retirement.

Our registered charity, now in its 33rd year, offers support and rehabilitation to adults, whose lives are impacted by poor mental health, through the use of therapeutic horticulture.

We rely upon the sale of the plants we propagate to fund the running costs and activities of the charity. We sell to both the public and trade customers and our retail area is open seven days per week most of the year, dropping to five and a half days in the winter months.  As such, the role of Nursery Propagator is an essential part of the process.

Based on 4.5 acres, our site is small with one propagation area which is unheated and manual. We propagate a wide variety of shrubs, perennials, vegetables etc and a broad spectrum of knowledge is required for good propagation in different conditions.

Our service-users and volunteer Friends take part in all aspects of the nursery work and staff lead and direct operations. Patience and some understanding of mental health are essential, we are non-judgemental, inclusive and empowering in our interaction with others.

The role requires physical fitness, adaptability and the willingness to assist other areas of the nursery when needed. The working week is Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm plus attendance at our twice annual Plant Sales, held on Saturdays, for which time in lieu is given.

Horticultural Duties

  • To be responsible for the propagation of in excess of 150,000 plants for sale in our two projects.
  • To liaise closely with the Nursery Supervisors at both projects to develop potential for increased sales and the sustainability of the project.
  • To assist where required in all aspects of the nursery including customer enquiries, stock control, watering, deliveries and general nursery duties as directed by the Nursery Supervisor or Project Manager.
  • To instruct and supervise Volunteers and Friends in the Propagation Unit to help develop their skills and confidence in a workplace.
  • To monitor and report on issues relating to Volunteers’ welfare, progress and support needs.


  • To maintain a safe working environment in compliance with the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974.
  • To be responsible for the Nursery in the absence of senior staff.
  • To promote public awareness of the Charity’s work and mental health issues.
  • To attend relevant training in order to update knowledge and acquire new skills required for the role.
  • To undertake any other duties appropriate to the position as specified by the Project Manager.

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