Monday, February 7, 2011

The Queen is looking for gardener; she is paying a not so princely sum of £15,000 a year, for working in London, sense of humour at the Palace?

Dear All

The Queen is looking for a new gardener for Buckingham Palace.

Terrorists and troublemakers need not apply.

Mind you terrorists might be good at digging and planting but I am sure the Queen will strongly object if anyone starts stringing claymores up in the trees!

It’s a happy place.

Anyone interested will be glad to know that the post will pay £15,000 a year.

£15,000 for a 39 hour per week Monday to Friday in London!

Presumably the Queen as one of the richest people on planet Earth doesn’t believe in splashing the cash.

The ‘worker’ or slave will have to maintain the lawns; that’s the grassy bits to you and me.

As well as that they will look after the shrubs and tend to the rose borders and recycle the garden rubbish.

So, they will smell pretty high when the good weather comes in.

The closing date for applications is February 13.

A posting on the Buckingham Palace website said:

“Operating as part of the Royal Household Property Section, the Gardens section is responsible for the maintenance and on-going development of the gardens and grounds at all Royal residences, ensuring areas are maintained to a high standard whilst always looking to improve practices with regard to environmental, conservation and efficiency issues. The Gardens section also works closely with other Departments regarding the use of the gardens/grounds for a range of events throughout the year, including the Garden Parties and the Summer Opening of the Palace to the public.”

And you get to meet the Queen and other royals as they potter about.

Mark Lane, Gardens Manager at Buckingham Palace, said on the website:

“At Buckingham Palace, 99 per cent of green waste is recycled on site. Green waste includes grass cuttings, twigs, branches and 'arisings' (soiled straw from the stables in the Royal Mews). Waste is also brought in from Kensington Palace, Marlborough House and St James's Palace grounds. This is put through a shredder so that bacteria can operate more quickly on smaller pieces of material. The waste is regularly turned until it has rotted sufficiently to be used as mulch. We then use this when preparing new flower beds. The mulch protects plants from heat and cold, retains water, suppresses weed germination and prevents soil from being washed away in the rain.”

£15,000 in London is a disgrace and an insult to a working man/woman trying to provide for their family.

I wonder if she will provide a cardboard box as accommodation, as they seem intent on taking the piss on the salary!

They could call the 'building', 'Will working for food'!

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

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