Just the job to help you beat the January blues forever

31 January 2017

It's the month of feeling down and being broke, of frost and floods, of ditching alcohol and trying desperately to ditch a few pounds. So it's no wonder that, for many, January comes with a big dose of the blues – and there’s a sigh of relief when it’s over.

Imagine if you could find a way to beat the January blues forever. The historic Scone Palace, crowning seat of Kings of Scots and a leading visitor attraction in the heart of Highland Perthshire, may have the answer: a job that's guaranteed to not just keep you fit and healthy, but could beat depression.

It's the month of feeling down and being broke, of frost and floods, of ditching alcohol and trying desperately to ditch a few pounds. So it's no wonder that, for many, January comes with a big dose of the blues – and there’s a sigh of relief when it’s over.

Imagine if you could find a way to beat the January blues forever. The historic Scone Palace, crowning seat of Kings of Scots and a leading visitor attraction in the heart of Highland Perthshire, may have the answer: a job that's guaranteed to not just keep you fit and healthy, but could beat depression.

Scone Palace is advertising for a gardener or groundsperson to join its busy, award-winning - and very happy - gardening team. The successful applicant will help maintain 100 acres of some of Scotland's most historic gardens and grounds, which include a Pinetum of noble firs and conifers, a huge star-shaped maze, and a kitchen garden that provides fresh produce to its catering team.

They'll also work alongside volunteers and horticultural students on projects involving the local community and schools - everything from developing the kitchen garden to helping prepare the grounds for major festivals and events. These include the popular Rewind music festival, which has just announced its new line-up, the Galloway Antiques Fair, and Scone Palace’s highly successful annual Twilight Illuminations Halloween event.

Research has shown that coming into contact with dirt has a positive effect on our mood, and that gardeners are among the happiest workers in the U.K.

Scone Palace has a team of five gardeners backed up by seasonal staff and volunteers. Head gardener Brian Cunningham said:

"It's been well documented that gardening is good for the body as well as the mind, but to be honest I don't even need to see any research findings. I honestly consider myself and my team to have the best jobs in the world. The work keeps us active and very content. We're not only tending to acres of beautiful gardens and grounds and meeting visitors from all over the world, but we're walking in the footsteps of history. These grounds have seen some amazing moments. I think whoever joins our team will feel the same privilege the rest of the team do in looking after them."

4 reasons why gardening is good for you:

·         Gardening is prolonged low-intensity activity - which can be better for you than hitting the gym for short bursts of exercise.

·         Dirt is a natural anti-depressant. Research by the University of Bristol found that coming into contact with certain bacteria in soil can have a positive effect on our mood.

·         Gardeners are among the happiest workers in the UK, according to a 2012 survey by City & Guilds. Having autonomy over their daily tasks and being able to use their skills helped boost gardeners' job satisfaction.

·         Regular exercise and getting as much natural sunlight as possible is recommended for people who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), also known as winter depression.

 

For more information: download a detailed job description and application form ta www.scone-palace.co.uk or contact 01738 554920