Job Vacancy – Grounds Maintenance Person

Grounds Maintenance Person
Full Time 37 Hours per week
SCP 7-12: £22,369 - £24,496 (£11.63 - £12.73 per hour)
Depending on experience and qualifications

We have an exciting opportunity for someone to join our Greenspaces team to assist the Town Council with the upkeep of its open spaces and properties. Buckingham Town Council manages parks, play areas, the cemetery and other assets within the town. This is a varied role which includes with both grounds and property maintenance. We are looking for an enthusiastic person with good practical skills for this largely outdoor role. A background in landscaping or horticulture is desirable and a full driving licence is essential.

The main tasks will include:
• Maintaining and repairing the Town Council’s parks and green spaces, properties and
• Carrying out ground’s maintenance and horticultural tasks, including the use of
machinery for hedge cutting and grass cutting.
• Carrying out maintenance and burial duties at the cemetery.
• Help in setting up, running and clearing Town Council events including assisting in the
implementation of road closures.
• Dealing with queries from members of the public in a polite and helpful manner.

The role is a full-time position with occasional additional weekend work being required to assist in the running of events and park maintenance. Due to the nature of the role, all grounds maintenance staff are subject to health surveillance to ensure they are physically able to complete their duties.

The Council offers membership of the generous Local Government Pension Scheme.
Buckingham Town Council is an Equal Opportunities Employer. For further information or an informal discussion about the post, please contact the Estates Manager Lee Phillips on 01280 816426.

The application form should be completed in full, and shortlisting will be based on the
information provided on the form. CVs will not be accepted. Application packs can be downloaded from the below links or by calling 01280 816426 and should be submitted either by post to:

Private and Confidential – Estates Manager
Buckingham Town Council
Buckingham Centre
Verney Close
MK18 1JP
or by email to:
Closing Date for Applications: Tuesday 2nd May 2023 at 11am.

Job Application Pack

Application Form

Equality & Diversity form

The above documents can also be downloaded as Word document:

Application Form
Equality & Diversity Form 

Nature themed play area for Bourton Park

The total renovation of Bourton Park’s popular toddler play area is currently underway, with a completion date at the end of May 2023. The play area will see an investment of £124,000 from section 106 funding –contributions sought from developers towards the costs of providing community and social infrastructure in the town.

The nature themed play area is aimed at 2-7 year olds and will be designed to allow much better access to and around the site and will be as inclusive as possible – aiming to challenge, excite and inspire as well as encourage children of all abilities to play together. The town’s popular play area is located in the heart of Bourton Park and surrounded by trees, water and wildlife. The nature themed design will fit perfectly within the natural environment of Bourton Park, with shapes and colours of the play structures that have been chosen to symbolise nature with reference to Buckingham’s local flora and fauna.

Ahead of the formal tendering process, Buckingham residents were asked for their views on the park. The public were overwhelming in support of a wildlife/nature themed play area with inclusive play equipment, including slides, a roundabout and a role play area/playhouse. Residents’ answers informed the selection of the winning designer HAGS UK. The location of the toddler play area is to remain the same and will provide a wide array of imaginative, colourful, and challenging play equipment including:

  • Large pond tree house themed multi-play unit
  • Inclusive roundabout
  • Wildlife themed aluminium rubbing posts
  • Acoustic play equipment including an Eco Bell Tree and Rain Wheel
  • Accessible swing set and separate basket swing
  • Additional picnic bench, seating and much, much more

The Town Council have selected HAGs UK to bring this project to life and look forward to a completion date towards the beginning of summer 2023.

For more information, or to report any issues please contact or call the Town Council office on 01280 816426.


Memorial Testing at Brackley Road Cemetery

Buckingham Town Council is responsible for maintaining the beautiful and historic Brackley Road cemetery, which is over 150 years old. As part of its commitment to providing an attractive and safe cemetery for its visitors, the Town Council is required by law to assess the safety of memorials in the cemetery.

The Town Council’s programme of memorial safety testing will be undertaken in an appropriate and sensitive manner. After an initial assessment, the first area to be assessed will be the older section of the cemetery, which could represent the highest risk to visitors. The first session of inspections will take place on Monday 20th February 2023. It will be an ongoing process, undertaken a section at a time with all of the memorials being tested over a 5 year period.

Image of Chapel and grave stones

The Town Council has a statutory duty to comply with Health and Safety legislation, including ensuring that the cemetery is safe. It is however, the grave deed holder who is ultimately responsible for the maintenance of individual memorials. While the Town Council will do its utmost to contact any deed holder whose memorial is found to be unsafe, due to the age of many of the memorials this may prove difficult, if not impossible. Where it is not possible to identify the deed holder or any living relative, the Town Council will endeavour to repair the memorial in a professional and suitable manner.

The Town Council would like to stress that if any memorial is found to be unsafe, they will only be laid flat if there is no alternative way of making them safe until they can be repaired.

We therefore take this opportunity to ask deed holders of burial plots in the cemetery to update the Town Council with their current address if it has changed since the original burial deed was issued.

The Town Council would be happy to answer any questions about the memorial testing at the cemetery. Please contact:

Notes: Lee Phillips  –  01280 816801 –

Town Council Offices,

The Buckingham Centre,

Verney Close,


MK18 1JP

Buckingham to mark Holocaust Memorial Day

Buckingham Town Council will be commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day on Friday 27th January 2023 @ 11am around Bourton Park’s Memorial Stone. The service is open to anyone who wishes to attend.

Group photo of crowd overserving memorial day

Photo credit: Derick Pelling 2022

On Holocaust Memorial Day, we remember the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust, and the millions of people killed under Nazi persecution of other groups, and in the genocides which followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur.

The ceremony will be hosted by the Deputy Town Mayor, Cllr Anja Schaefer and commence 11am at the eastern end of Bourton Park around the Holocaust Memorial Stone. If you are planning on attending the event, please be aware that car parking in Bourton Park is limited, so please plan your trip in advance, walk, use public transport or explore (safe and considerate) on-street parking within neighbouring housing estates.

The memorial stone was installed in 2021 and is bedrock, sourced from Buckingham’s Brackley Road cemetery. It was transported, as a gesture to the community, by local firm Paragon Tool Hire. Buckingham Town Council employed local stonemason and a master letter carver Louis Francis, to engrave the Holocaust Memorial Day emblem and wording.

Memorial stone with floral tribute

Photo credit: Derick Pelling 2022

Holocaust Memorial Day takes place every year on the 27th January and across the UK iconic landmarks and buildings will be lighting up in purple and individuals will place candles in their windows to stand against prejudice and hatred. You can find more information about other ways to mark Holocaust Memorial Day on the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust website:

Map showing loation of memorial stone at east end of Park

Grant awarded to Buckingham’s Railway Walk Conservation Group

Buckingham Railway Walk Conservation Volunteers (RWCV) have received a grant of £3,000 from Heart of Bucks Community Foundation, a grant-giving registered charity, committed to making a difference to the lives of local people.

The RWCV are a wildlife conservation group in Buckingham, maintaining a wildlife corridor along the western end of Buckingham along an old train line, discontinued in the 1960s. The area is a series of ponds, created as nature-friendly wet spaces, alongside glades, an orchard and raised bridges. The conservation project encourages people to enjoy the benefits of being close to nature and promotes positive wellbeing. The funding from Heart of Bucks will allow more people within Buckingham to experience this positive impact either by volunteering with the project or reaping the benefits of the group’s work and enjoying the improved outside spaces that the project develops.

Group of volunteers standing near bus

The group has been running since 2006 and promotes and takes action to conserve local wildlife, by caring for the green space to preserve, increase and educate others about the biodiversity of the site. The activities are coordinated by The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) and regular work parties take place on the first Saturday of the month. Previous activities have included: thinning trees, fence repairs, glade cutting and clearing, nest and bat boxes, and hedge maintenance.

Katherine Miskin, Volunteer Coordinator at TCV said

The Trust are delighted to be working with the Buckingham Railway Walk Conservation group. This funding will allow us to support the group by leading more sessions, reaching more volunteers and training the volunteers in a range of practical conservation techniques. “

Schedule of activities for the year ahead:

Date Activity
Nov 5th 2022 Coppicing and removing rubbish from the ponds
Dec 3rd 2022 Clearing fallen branches, cutting back overhangs.
Jan 7th 2023 Wassail event, plus pruning of apples trees at Berties Walk
Feb 4th 2023 Making bird feeders. Clearing fallen branches
March 4th 2023 Step repairs
April 1st 2023 Small mammal survey
May 6th 2023 To be confirmed
Jun 3rd 2023 Checking condition of signs, fences etc and cleaning.
Jul 3rd 2023 Pruning plum trees at Berties Walk

Pond at Railway Walk

To find out more or to get involved with the project contact


Buckingham Marks Death of Queen Elizabeth II

Under lowered half-mast flags, Buckingham residents commemorated the life of Queen Elizabeth II throughout the National Mourning period.

A number of books of condolence were available in Buckingham, with copies circulated to care homes so that residents unable to access the books could take part from their homes. The resulting entries will be bound into books and archived at Buckinghamshire Council for future historians.

The Reading of the Proclamation of the Accession of the new King Charles III took place outside the Old Gaol at 3.30pm on Sunday 11th September. A large crowd of more than four hundred people gathered to witness Deputy Mayor of Buckingham, Cllr. Anja Schaefer, read the Proclamation and sing ‘God Save the King’ for the first time.

On Sunday 18th September, St Peter & St Paul’s Church in Buckingham held a Commemorative Service. The service started with a reflection on Her Majesty’s life by the Vice Chancellor of the University of Buckingham followed by readings and prayers given by other reverends and the Deputy Mayor, Cllr. Anja Schaefer. There were various hymns sung including the late Queen’s favourite hymn: Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven. The service was attended by approx. 200 people and many of those signed the book of condolence afterwards.

Commemorative Serice

One Buckingham fact commented on by residents was the long link between Buckingham and the Royal Family. Buckingham has two Royal Charters, one from Mary Tudor in 1554, and one from Charles II in 1684. Charles II also gifted Buckingham its Mace in 1660, which is still used at ceremonial occasions today.

Buckingham Palace is also named after Buckingham. Originally known as Buckingham House, it was owned by the Duke of Buckingham and sold to George III in 1761. Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II had visited Buckingham on several occasions, and stories were told of her visit to the University of Buckingham in 1996 as well as her arrival several years before via train in 1966. Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip met with the then Mayor of Buckingham, Alderman T. Lambourne at Buckingham Station. Images of the couple smiling in the train carriage were printed in the local paper.

Councillor Margaret Gateley, Mayor of Buckingham said “These have been momentous and historic days since we learned of the death of our beloved Queen Elizabeth II. I am sure that the people of Buckingham will remember participating in the various events which have taken place since for all their lives. These events have provided us all with the opportunity to reflect on the long life and reign of Her Majesty as well as to give thanks for her devoted service to our nation and to the Commonwealth.” 


  1. For enquiries, please contact Claire Molyneux at Buckingham Town Council on 01280 816426,


New litter picking kits for Buckingham

Visitor and residents of Buckingham can now help tackle lazy littering by accessing community clean up kits for use in our parks and town centre. The community equipment is a way of supporting everyone who wants to do their bit to create a better environment on their doorstep.

As part of the Government’s Welcome Back Fund, Buckingham Town Council has received 30 x litter pickers, collection hoops and high vis jackets for community groups to borrow. The scheme encourages people to take pride in their surroundings and make it easier to access the right equipment for a litter pick. The litter picking equipment is made from 100% recycled polypropylene fishing gear. Using recycled tools reduces unnecessary plastic production and waste – making the positive environmental impact of litter picking with our kit a double whammy!Bags of collected rubbish

The equipment is stored at Buckingham Town Council’s depot and can be accessed via information on the Town Council’s website or calling the office on 01280 816426. Full guidance on how to access the equipment and tips on running a successful community litter pick can be found on the Town Council’s website.

Pupils from Buckingham Primary School were the first to have a go, organising a week of litter busting activities. The children managed to fill several bags of rubbish from the parks, paths and town centre.

Cllr. Anja Schaefer, Chair of Environment Committee said “This new equipment will be a great boost for members of the community to become involved. I would encourage everyone to make use of them and perhaps organise a group for a communal litter pick, which is great fun as well as helping keep Buckingham looking great”.

Litter remains a big problem across the country. Not only is it unsightly, but it devalues the local area, pollutes the environment, causes harm to residents and wildlife and is expensive to remove, which ultimately costs council taxpayers money. Each year Buckingham Town Council supports the Keep Britain Tidy campaigns through our annual River Rinses and #QuickLitterPick schemes. If you would like to organise a litter busting event then please contact the Town Council on 01280 816426 or email

Litter Picking equipment



  1. For enquiries, please contact Paul Hodson at Buckingham Town Council on 01280 816426,


Year of the Tree

Buckingham is a #lovetreezone

Buckingham Town Council have declared 2022 the ‘Year of the tree’ and affirmed the importance of trees and hedgerows in our lives and our town’s landscapes into the future. As part of the Council’s Climate Emergency Action Plan Councillors have pledged to organise a minimum of one tree planting event per year to help offset the town’s carbon emissions and improve the biodiversity of our greenspaces. The Town Council’s Greenspaces Team have been regularly watering the new trees to ensure they form healthy strong root systems and have the best chance of success during their first year and the Council encourages everyone with young trees to water them through the summer.

During January 2022, volunteers helped the Town Council and partners plant 250 saplings along the footpath in Heartland’s Park with clusters of Black Poplars (Populus nigra betulifolia), Alder (Alnus glutinosa) and many other native species. The Black Poplar is Britain’s rarest native timber tree and there are some beautiful examples of mature Black Poplar trees to be seen in Heartlands park.

In February 2022, the Town Council worked in partnership with the Buckinghamshire Community Board and Lace Hill Resident’s Association to plant a selection of 20 fruit trees at Lace Hill Academy and the nearby Community Centre.

An important aspect of healthy woodland and hedgerow development is their potential to provide is connectivity, keeping otherwise isolated sections of trees and other habitats linked into a wider ecosystem. Healthy, sections of trees, hedgerow and wildflower meadows can be a vital wildlife corridor for hedgehogs, birds and bees.

Buckingham Town Council’s Planning Committee pay great attention to tree applications, in particular those specifying the removal of protected trees. Applications are challenged to ensure the Planning Authority is fully aware of the Council’s opposition to unnecessarily felling trees in Buckingham.

As the tree planting season has come to an end for the 21/22 year, we look forward to the winter where the Town Council has plans to plant 450 hedgerow trees at the Brackley Road Cemetery’s new garden of rest. Many thanks go out to our dedicated band of volunteers who have contributed to our previous efforts.

To find out more about our native trees, visit the Woodland Trust for everything you need to know from identification, folklore and history to pests and diseases that threaten the trees of our town.

Mayor of Buckingham, Cllr Margaret Gateley, said: “It has been great to be part of the Queen’s Green Canopy tree-planting team during the last few months.  This is a wonderful initiative, ensuring a lasting legacy from the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. It is vital for our planet that we not only plant new trees, but also protect our existing mature trees, as they store carbon. The Year of the Tree designation emphasises Buckingham Town Council’s commitment to stem the loss of our trees linked to the burgeoning housing developments as well as applications to fell healthy trees.”


Don’t mind the weeds, we’re feeding the bees!

In support of Plantlife’s No Mow May campaign, Buckingham Town Council will be leaving large sections of the town’s greenspaces uncut throughout May and beyond. Housing estates’ verges and safety sight lines along the town’s roads, play facilities and footpaths paths will, however, still be cut.

Ever wondered who is responsible for cutting the grass near you? Visit Buckinghamshire Council’s useful map, linked below:

Throughout May visitors to the town’s parks and greenspaces will see areas of grass left to grow and wildflowers allowed to bloom. A perfect example is within Bourton Park, where grassy paddocks are covered in a sea of wild grasses and frothy white Cow Parsley.

The campaign, which is organised by wild plant conservation charity Plantlife, encourages people to support wildlife and boost pollination by leaving some of its greenspaces to grow across the town throughout May. The Town Council is also encouraging residents, where possible, to do similar with their lawns.

Buckingham Town Council is working towards becoming carbon-neutral by 2030 and one target is to review grass cutting regimes and promote biodiversity. Hopefully, by reducing the schedule of cuts in our greenspaces, it will give some of our open spaces time to flourish and boost the numbers of wild flowers that provide valuable food for pollinators.

Buckingham Town Council has already enhanced a number of areas over the past few year, including increasing meadow and wildflower areas to over 10,250 m2 in total since 2017/18 to improve biodiversity and help pollinators – that’s over 2.5 acres or 14 tennis courts and has the potential to be home to millions of insects.

In addition, the Council’s Green Spaces Team uses a fully electric van meaning lower vehicle emissions and less noise when undertaking maintenance.  All grass cuttings and prunings collected by the team are composted and used on council sites.

BBQs not permitted in Buckingham’s Parks

As the warmer weather returns, the Town Council is reminding visitors to its parks that barbecues are not permitted in Buckingham’s parks and green spaces. Unfortunately, in recent years, our team and the local Fire Brigade have had to deal with the damage that resulted from discarded or uncontrolled BBQs.

Barbecues have a negative impact on the local and global environment as they emit greenhouse gases into the atmosphere and regularly leave behind scorched patches of burned grass that take months to recover and damage our beautiful surroundings.

Everyone who visits Buckingham’s parks and green spaces should also make sure they bag up their rubbish and take it home where it can be recycled or disposed of responsibly. This will help to reduce litter and protect wild animals who can become trapped and entangled in dumped items.

We want everyone to enjoy themselves during the warmer months in our parks and greenspaces. So please, pack up a picnic and fill up a cool-bag for a day in the park – but please dispose of your litter properly and leave your barbecues at home.

For enquiries, please contact Paul Hodson at Buckingham Town Council on 01280 816426,