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Northern Roots is transforming 160 acres of urban greenspace into a destination for learning, leisure and growing. The project aims to benefit the environment, and to improve the health, wellbeing and livelihoods of local communities.
The Landscape Manager will play a key role in the management, conservation, restoration and enhancement of the Northern Roots site and is a critical role for the development of Northern Roots. It is a new role funded by the Green Recovery Challenge Fund and will move Northern Roots forward into the active delivery phase of nature-based solutions.
We are looking for an individual with proven practical expertise and people management skills, coupled with a creative and flexible attitude, to ensure the 160-acre Northern Roots site is managed to improve its value for biodiversity and to meet Northern Roots’ wider aspirations. The role will involve practical land and estate management that will vary by season and habitat. The postholder will plan and lead a programme of works to aid nature recovery: the creation of new wetlands, woodland and management of existing meadow habitat. Experience of leading volunteering and citizen science projects is desirable as the post holder will contribute to the engagement and involvement of diverse local communities surrounding this site, reconnecting people with nature.
If you’ve got the skills and experience, and want to work on a unique and ground breaking project, we’d love to hear from you. Closes Monday 22nd February at 5pm.
About Northern Roots (Oldham) Limited
Northern Roots is creating the UK’s largest urban farm and eco-park on 160 acres of stunning green space in the heart of Oldham, Greater Manchester.
Our aim is to develop Northern Roots in a way that creates jobs, skills and business opportunities for local people, while preserving and enhancing the biodiversity and environmental value of the site.
Through its award-winning parks and Growing Hubs, Oldham Community Power and projects like Get Oldham Growing, Oldham has become a beacon for community growing, local food production, horticulture training, renewable energy, and urban biodiversity. Northern Roots is a unique opportunity to build on this expertise at an unprecedented scale.
Northern Roots will be developed for and with local communities, creating a wide range of activities and businesses on the site. This could include growing edible crops at scale, animal husbandry and bee-keeping, forestry, mountain biking, outdoor events and performances, amongst other opportunities. The ambition is that Northern Roots will become self-financing in the longer term through a blend of social investment, enterprise, tourism, licensing and commissioning.