Essential information for seasonal staff
Seasonal workers are an important part of our team on the farm, we aim to make you feel welcome and at home here however long you are staying. If you are thinking of coming to work at Tuxhill Farm for the first time the following information will hopefully answer some of your questions about living and working here.
Who can apply? We accept applications from anyone legally entitled to work in the UK. Many of our seasonal staff come from other EU nations but we also take a number of UK students on seasonal placements each summer. We are an equal opportunities employer and you will be treated fairly irrespective of your circumstances. There are opportunities for seasonal staff to obtain full time positions if they show sufficient drive and ability. Many of our current full time staff are former seasonal workers who have returned on full time contracts.
Where will I live? If you are coming on a seasonal placement and accommodation is provided you will be living either in a static caravan or a bungalow depending upon allocation. Caravans are on a purpose built caravan park on the farm, and accommodate between 2 and 4 people per caravan. All caravans have heating, bathroom, kitchen facilities and private twin or double bedrooms. There is a separate laundry room for washing and drying clothes. Wireless internet is available throughout the caravan park, and there are PCs in the staff room for internet access.
How much will my accommodation cost? Accommodation is chargeable and the rate is set at as low a level as possible. The current rate is £30 per person per week in caravans and £32 per person per week in the bungalow. This does not include gas or electricity which are charged separately on a per caravan basis. The usual cost for gas and electric is around £4 per person per week, but will obviously vary according to how much you use.
What will I be doing at work? You will be working on a farm, planting, growing, cropping and packing a range of cut flower crops. Most of our work is indoors but there may also be some outdoor work especially during the summer aster season. Most of our jobs are paid on an hourly basis but some work is done on piece work, usually only planting. Working hours are normally 7.30am-6pm daily but this can vary from day to day. You will be able to work 6 days a week, all staff will usually be expected to take at least one day off each week. The work is hard physical work and may involve working in the cold, wet weather or in hot glasshouses, if you are unsure of whether you will be able to handle this then please contact us to discuss your options.
How will I be paid? You will be paid weekly directly in to your bank account. If you are coming from overseas and do not have a UK bank account we can help you to set one up and obtain a card for you to use while you are here. You will then be able to withdraw cash from ATMs in Terrington St Clement, Kings Lynn or Wisbech.
What do I need to bring? You need to bring suitable clothing and footwear for outdoor work on a farm. Wellies will be required at times and it is recommended that you have your own waterproof jackets and trousers although these are available if required for work.
How do we get to the farm? If you are arriving for the first time please travel by bus or train to Kings Lynn. Trains and buses run to Kings Lynn from London and all major airports. You can then either get to the farm by taxi (around £20) or you can arrange for us to meet you and bring you to the farm. If you are arriving and need a lift please e mail us a few days before to confirm your arrival date. Then it is essential that you let us know at least 24 hours in advance what time you expect to arrive so we can be there to meet you. If you then call when you arrive in the UK we can make sure someone is there to pick you up when you arrive.
What about transport during my stay? All transport required for work is provided, if you are a seasonal worker you will live on the main site and if you are working on another site you will be taken there. Outside of work there are always vehicles and drivers available and shopping trips are regularly organised. Other leisure activities can be arranged with drivers, or there is a bus service which passes the farm serving Kings Lynn and Wisbech.
What can I do in the local area? The farm is in the open countryside and there are no shops close by. There are lots of places to walk and relax around the farm on days off, bicycles are available for local trips. There is a grass area for sports and barbecues are available, football matches against another local farm are usually organised weekly during the summer. The village of Terrington St Clement has a few shops along with takeaway food and pubs/ restaurants. There is also a sports field in the village with football pitches and tennis courts. Further afield you have the towns of Kings Lynn and Wisbech, both around 7 miles from the farm. There you have a wide range of shops, restaurants and nightlife along with cinemas, public parks and more extensive sports facilities. Beyond that you have the royal park and palace at Sandringham as well as numerous tourist attractions and beaches on the North Norfolk coast. Kings Lynn has very good transport links to London and Cambridge for day trips. We are happy to suggest places to visit or help with booking tickets.