Glensallagh is a 47-acre property on the south facing slope of the Mizen peninsular about 5km north of Ballydehob in West Cork. Bought as a farm in 1989, all appropriate ground was planted with 18,000 trees in 1991 including Oaks, Ash, Sycamore
In addition, there are two vegetable gardens, maintained entirely on organic principles, producing a wide range of salad crops for sale, two greenhouses with peaches and grapes, an extensive fruit garden, orchard and two polytunnels. More than 200 varieties of vegetables are grown each year, especially oriental and continental salad leaves. There are 20 hens, ducks, geese, and (sometimes) eating fowls.
On the forestry side, logs and mulch are made from thinning and pruning hardwoods and softwoods.
The property is run by Richard Speir, a retired exploration geologist with
An intern or apprentice gardener is required to assist with the day to day running and development of all aspects of the property. The appointment would be based on a one-year agreement.
Ideally, applicants should be fit, excited by gardening and growing, curious and open-minded and interested in pursuing a career in horticulture.
The appointee will take on a substantial part of the daily running of the property providing consistency and management of the transient WWOOFERs. This will involve the acquisition of skills with various mechanical aids, ie chainsaws, strimmers, PTO powered chipper/ shredder, circular saw etc. Separate accommodation will be provided on site, with water, power, heating
A small number of images of Glensallagh can be found on the holiday rental website: www.glensallaghholidays.com. For further information please email firstname.lastname@example.org putting “Intern Information” in the subject box.