We recommend that you open a bank account in your own country before leaving so that you can arrange credit transfers direct to that account whilst you are in the UK.
When you arrive at the farm you will be issued a pre-paid Barclaycard or other type of card, which will enable you to withdraw your money from the bank`s cash machine and pay in the shops. The UK bank system is very safe and secure. Wages are normally paid directly into your bank account once a week or when you leave the farm, or on request.
About The Work
We grow top quality strawberries, apples and cherries, we normally pick our fruit between April and November each year but we cannot harvest our fruit without good pickers. While you may be on a working holiday, we are not a holiday camp and expect all of our employees to work hard. However, life is not about all work and no play: we provide you with excellent leisure and recreation facilities.
Every year we employ about 300 seasonal workers during the season from various countries including Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine and Russia. We can only employ workers who have the right to work in the UK. Some employees are invited back for another season having proved themselves in the previous season to be reliable and hardworking individuals. The returnees in turn set an example for new workers with regards to work practice and life in England.
Most of the work will be picking fruit by hand in covered tunnels, which provide protection from wind and weather. Once the fruit is picked it is checked for quality on the field and then transported to our pack house and put into our big fridge within 2 hours of being picked. This ensures our high-quality standards are maintained.
The work is very hard and involves much bending, twisting and lifting so you will need to have good physical fitness.
You will work in a team of up to 50 people. In addition to picking fruit, there are other tasks such as tunnel construction, irrigation installation, maintenance, husbandry and general production work that has to be undertaken throughout the year.
The Homme, Hom Green, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire HR9 7TF
E.C. Drummond is located at The Homme in Hom Green, Ross-on-Wye in Herefordshire HR9 7TF. We are a 5-minute drive from the bottom of the M50 motorway.
M50 Motorway Junction – 4.4 miles (7.1 km)
Hereford – 13 miles (20.8km)
Gloucester Station – 15.4 miles (24.8 km)
London Heathrow – 118.4 miles (166km)
Birmingham Int’l – 45 miles (72km)
Bristol airport – 40 miles (64.4 km)
Cardiff airport – 42 miles (67.2 km)
It is of utmost importance to the Farm Directors and Managers that we receive feedback about what we undertake and whether there are issues associated with our actions.
We request that all functional areas identify a worker to represent them at a Steering Group meeting which is held on a regular basis during the season. This provides all workers the ability to raise points both positive and negative through the Steering Group to Directors and Managers.
There is also a separate Supervisors Forum with direct discussions between the Supervisors and a Director and Manager to discuss work processes and procedures.