Pick-your-own farm needs Horticultural Assistant

By Barrie Hudson - 21 September 2021

  • Some members of the team at Lotmead

    Some members of the team at Lotmead

Lotmead Farm Pick Your Own in Wanborough wants to bolster its team to help prepare for the 2022 season.

The venue has developed into a family day out thanks to a variety of fruit and vegetables, a growing play area, a small animal enclosure and a nature area.

It is now looking to appoint a Horticultural Assistant to provide support and expertise in developing the crops and pick-your-own ready for 2022.

Manager John Meade, said: “The Horticultural Assistant is a key position at Lotmead and is a person who enables us to prepare for the forthcoming season.  

"Even though we close to the public at the end of October once pumpkin picking is finished, October to December is a very busy time for us as we need to get the PYO ready for spring.  

“Jobs that need to be done at the start of winter include moving 8,000 grow bags, mowing with the tractor and lifting potatoes, and so our Horticultural Assistant needs to be able to work on their own and as a team.  The ideal person would hit the ground running and be used to having a very physical job outside in all weathers, ideally with experience in the horticultural or agricultural sector and if possible with a forklift operator's licence.

“The horticultural team at Lotmead is small and hard-working, but it is very rewarding to see the difference you can make and to see your hard work pay off as new shoots appear.  This role is initially fixed term for three months, Monday to Friday with overtime and weekends as needed. However, this can be extended to a permanent position for the right person.

“We have big plans for new additions to the PYO for 2022.   Lotmead continued to develop and grow throughout the pandemic and we’re keen to continue building on this success.”

Lotmead Farm PYO is open daily from 9.30am until 5pm, with strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, sweetcorn, potatoes and runner beans now available for picking.  

The farm's website is www.lotmead.co.uk and more information about the Horticultural Assistant role can be obtained by emailing info@lotmead.co.uk

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