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NatureHazel Hill is a beautiful, secluded 70-acre wood and sustainable retreat/education centre, seven miles from Salisbury, offering unique scope for people to deepen their connection with nature and learn about living renewably.

Our events programme includes retreats, conservation, men’s and women’s groups, and the wood is available for group bookings. The facilities include indoor group room and large kitchen, heated bedrooms and sleeping lofts, good showers, compost loos, along with beautiful outside spaces, camping area and hot tub.  We can offer a range of teaching inputs and conservation projects on programmes for external clients.

We are currently setting up an educational outreach programme, aimed at groups and organisations in our local area who can benefit from the deeper contact with nature and other learning opportunities which Hazel Hill offers.

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Vacancy for Occasional Chef/Caterer

Occasional Chef/Caterer Vacancy at Hazel Hill Wood:

Are you a self-employed chef/caterer interested in our exciting and pioneering charitable project at Hazel Hill Wood, a few miles outside Salisbury.

Hazel Hill Trust runs a beautiful 70 acre educational woodland that hosts pioneering and holistic education events: from local school groups coming to learn about nature and biodiversity, to workshops for front-line workers building their resilience and wellbeing.

About you: We’d love to hear from you if are a  self-employed chef or professional caterer who lives locally, and you have capacity to support us with occasional catering. You need to be great with people, can take ownership for creating menus, organising the shopping and liaising with clients as appropriate.  Our work is growing, and if successful, you could be supporting several catering events this year, with a potential for more in 2018. You would be part of our self-employed and part-time team at the wood, most of whom also have other roles.

About the groups: they vary in size, but as a general rule they are a max 30 people, normally nearer mid 20’s. Some events are residential and you’d have the opportunity to stay in one of our beautiful eco- buildings at a reduced cost. Other groups are one-day events where you’d be catering for lunch and tea breaks, e.g. baking home-baked cake. For us, the food that people enjoy at the wood is an integral part of their experience: often participants help with basic food prep, or setting tables and washing up, all of which is part of the learning, nurture and experience of community at Hazel Hill Wood.

About your food: delicious home-cooked vegetarian meals made mostly fresh in our simple, but well-stocked Oak House kitchen. NB; we are off grid so we don’t have a regular domestic electricity supply, however we have a gas-fired fridge, and catering oven with hob and plenty of coking utensils, pots, pans etc.

Pay: we are a charity and still operating with a structural deficit, so the pay is modest and dependent on your experience and the clients involved, e.g. a corporate client might attract higher rates. You’d also get the benefits of being part of our exciting woodland project, with the opportunity to attend some of our events/workshops at reduced rates.

For an informal chat speak to Hazel Hill Wood’s general manager, Marcos Frangos on 07881 425 804 or email marcos@wellspringchange.com. Interviews early May (dates tbc), and we will be seeking references from shortlisted candidates prior to appointment.

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