The WFGA is renowned for the comprehensive programme of activities organised every year. Groups are limited in size to enable those attending to benefit from working closely with the tutor and other members of the group. The Association enjoys access to some of the best gardens in Britain and works with designers, gardeners and lecturers who are committed to promoting education. Tours and visits are designed to enable members to enjoy the experience whilst travelling alone at no extra cost involved. WFGA members receive priority for bookings and places are quickly snapped up, however there are opportunities for friends and family members to join tours and visits.

If you are not a member but there is an activity you would like to attend please ring the office to see if there are places available

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WRAGS Co-Ordinator Vacancy

There is currently a vacancy in the following area :-

Cheshire / Lancashire area

The WFGA Trustees would like to appoint enthusiastic, self-motivated individuals to fill these roles. Applicants need to live within the identified area to enable the Scheme to run smoothly.

There is potential for development in each area by increasing the number of placement gardens and members as well as workdays.


The Co-Ordinator position requires organisational, people & marketing skills as well as a good knowledge of horticulture & IT literacy. The role has its challenges & rewards but offers the opportunity to operate on a flexible level with other aspects of employment and life, whilst networking with some of the best gardens and experienced gardeners that this country has to offer.

Guidance is given to new Co-Ordinators by a mentor, who will explain the scheme’s procedures and will continue to give help and guidance until a new Co-Ordinator is settled in. There is a Co-Ordinators’ Forum on the WFGA website where help and advice can be shared, as well as an annual Co-Ordinators’ meeting.


WRAGS Co-Ordinator Employment Terms and Conditions

Co-Ordinators are contracted on a self-employed basis and usually work an average of twenty hours per month at times convenient to them, but flexibility is also required taking into account seasonal trends, holiday periods, visiting trainees in their placement gardens etc. Travel expenses are paid @40p per mile but not telephone or stationery costs which are deemed to be part of the individual’s operating expenses. The rate of pay per hour is £10.00 and the period of probation is one month, applicable to both parties.

All aspects set out in the Job Description apply to this position

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Job Description for WRAGS Co-Ordinator

Title: WRAGS Co-Ordinator

Status: Self employed

Responsible to; WFGA (Board of trustees)

Overall Purpose

To ensure the successful implementation of the WRAG Scheme as designed and laid down by the WFGA, minimising costs and maximising revenue for the WFGA.


Main tasks fall into 2 areas:

Local marketing

Source, inspect and agree suitable working gardens for training placements.

Actively seek opportunities to recruit gardens & new trainees, also promote the WFGA using all forms of media & in person e.g. WI meetings, gardening clubs, garden open days, local colleges, local newspapers etc.

Develop relationships with garden owners, WFGA members & any potential supporters.

Promote workdays & workshops with garden owners.

WRAGS trainees

Contact new potential trainees within 2 weeks of receiving their details & conduct telephone interviews to assess their suitability for the scheme.

Promote to trainees the Christine Ladley fund as well as the use of the website and forums

Arrange & take part in the interview of the first trainee placed in a new garden alongside the Garden Owner/Head Gardener/trainer; source all subsequent potential trainees & arrange interviews.

Once placements are confirmed, advise the office of garden & trainee details, start dates, working days and times.

Ensure that the monthly reports are received. Monitor and record what the trainees are achieving and that the work they complete is appropriate.

Visit trainees in their placement gardens twice during their training period to review the training that is taking place.

At end of placement arrange for Certificate of completion to be issued.

Submit any and all paper work appertaining to trainees & gardens on the correct forms and with the correct details, by e-mail if appropriate. Invoices should also be submitted monthly with expenses forms and timesheets on the correct forms.

Person Specification for WRAGS Co-Ordinator






  • Has successfully completed basic City and Guilds or RHS qualification or equivalent.

  • Has the experience to assess gardens and to assess the potential in the trainer.

  • Has successfully completed a WRAGS placement or similar training scheme or work.

  • HNC or higher RHS or City and Guilds horticulture qualification.


  • Computer literate; able to use email, Word & Excel

  • Good planner & well organised

  • Good people skills

  • Good negotiator

  • Has knowledge of running a business.

  • Understands the relationship of contracting the Scheme on behalf of the WFGA

Personal qualities

  • Fit and healthy

  • Able to converse easily with all types of people

  • Car owner/driver

  • Good presentation skills

Making the Most of Your Garden - Planning For All Year Round Interest

Wimborne, Dorset

Saturday 10th October 10am - 4pm

Your tutor for the day is Diana Guy - one time BBC Gardener of the Year and who has run workshops on a variety of horticultural workshops over the years. The venue is Diana's own garden - a half acre plants persons country garden with glorious countryside views.

The programme for the day will include a presentation on 'The All Year Round Garden'; a tour of the garden with evidence of succession planting; the importance of annuals, biennials and 'volunteer' plants, climbers and bulbs; and how to manage succession planting with Diana's Top Ten Tips.

The cost of this workshop is £40 per member, £50 per non member which includes refreshments. packed lunch required and suitable outdoor clothing to be worn. Numbers are limited so please book early.

No Dig and Composting Workshop  -  Cranborne, Wimborne, Dorset

Sunday 6th September 10am - 4pm

Edmondsham House has a six acre garden surrounding a C16th/C18th house. The C12th church is adjacent to the garden. The large walled kitchen garden is productive and managed organically using no-dig vegetable beds. Wide herbaceous borders are planted for seasonal colour.

Your tutor for the day is Andrew Haynes the Head Gardener, who has gardened professionally since 1977. He is President of the Dorset group of the Hardy Plant Society.

After refreshments and introduction Andrew will take you on a tour of the garden. There will then be an in depth examination of the no-dig vegetable beds - spacing, planting, plant supports, irrigation and plant protection.

After lunch the group will learn all about composting - large and small scale and making and using a wormery.

The cost for this workshop is £40 per member, £50 per non member,which includes refreshments. Please bring a packed lunch, notebook and pen and wear appropriate outdoor clothing.

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