Senior Gardener

A Senior gardener is sought to play a key role working alongside the Head Gardener on a stunning and historic 200-acre private estate in Ascot, Berkshire.

This position would suit a proactive, committed, and hands-on gardener who has demonstrable experience of working within a private estate or prestigious public garden. A key element to this role will be to support the Head Gardner with the day-to-day management of staff and the coordination of special projects and garden administration. This is a rare opportunity for a talented and passionate gardener to further enhance their horticultural knowledge and gain valuable experience in managing a large garden team.

The successful candidate will work alongside a team of 13 reporting int the Head Gardener and will be involved in the following areas;

  • Plant procurement and garden administration
  • Maintaining herbaceous and mixed borders throughout the Estate  
  • Cut-flower production  
  • Seasonal bulb and pot planting  
  • Assisting with a new Alitex display greenhouse
  • Cut flower borders
  • Herbaceous borders
  • The Potager
  • Autumn bulb planting
  • Half-hardy and hardy annuals
  • Dead heading and pruning
  • Rose garden pruning

This role would require the candidate to have at least three years' experience working in a similar environment. Greenhouse, Vegetable and Herbaceous knowledge is an advantage, ongoing training and guidance would be provided. Horticultural qualifications or equivalent experience is required as well as basic IT skills – MS Office.

This is a rare opportunity for a talented and passionate gardener to take a significant step in their career and to utilise their varied skillset.

SALARY:  up to £36,000 depending on experience

LOCATION:  Ascot, SL5

JOB No:  EC63149

If this Senior Gardener vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Sara Yassin on 01233 733510 or info@englishcountrygardeners.co.uk.

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Thank you for the interest you have shown in this Senior Gardener vacancy.  Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications that we receive, it is not possible to respond to every one.  Therefore, unless you hear from us within the next 14 days, your application for this Senior Gardener vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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Assistant Head Gardener

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an Assistant Head Gardener to join work closely with a highly experienced Head Gardener on a beautiful and established private estate near Hungerford, West Berkshire.  This role is full time and permanent and would suit a skilled and academically qualified gardener with a desire to be part of a small team working on an incredible and diverse garden.

The estate covers approximately 72-acres in total, with 25-acres being dedicated to the garden to varying degrees of formality.  The garden is kept to a high horticultural standard and comprises of large formal areas closer to the property, a large walled garden, new Alitex glasshouse, with vegetables, fruit and herbaceous and grass borders. A large lake with extensive natural woodlands, natural swimming ponds and water meadows. 

Working alongside the Head Gardener, the successful candidate will carry out high level maintenance of the outdoor areas.  The role will also involve general garden maintenance such as mowing, hedge cutting, strimming, pruning etc. in addition to the maintenance of all plantings, weed control, staking/wire supports, assistance within the woodland areas, maintenance of all lawn areas, wildflower areas and water meadows, seasonal bulb and pot planting, seed collection and propagation, maintenance of all drives, paths, terrace and tracks, maintaining the irrigation system, mulching, maintenance of garden features e.g. water features, sculptures, seating, checking drains, the maintenance of equipment, composting of waste on site, assisting with  vegetable, fruit, nut and cut flower production in the kitchen garden, maintenance of a natural swimming pond as well as general estate maintenance where necessary.

Suitable candidates will ideally hold academic horticultural qualifications at RHS Level 2 or above/equivalent as well as experience as a Skilled Gardener on private estates.  Applicants should have good horticultural knowledge as well as some experience in plant propagation and kitchen gardening.  Physical fitness is essential as is an ability to safely operate garden machinery.  Chainsaw and chemical spray certificates would be beneficial. 

This is an excellent opportunity to join an impressive private estate, and to work alongside a great team.  The role is available to either be live in or live out. If live in, accommodation will be provided within the proximity of the estate and will be rent and bill free.

SALARY:        £30,000

LOCATION:  Hungerford, West Berkshire

JOB No:          EC62840

If this Assistant Head Gardener vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Sara Yassin on 01233 733510 or info@englishcountrygardeners.co.uk.

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Thank you for the interest you have shown in this Assistant Head Gardener vacancy.  Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications that we receive, it is not possible to respond to every one.  Therefore, unless you hear from us within the next 14 days, your application for this Assistant Head Gardener vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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Estate Gardener

Estate Gardener required

Job Ref J178

We currently have an exciting opportunity to join our award winning client as an Estate Gardener for a high-profile private client on a prestigious 70-acre Berkshire estate. The estate comprises extensive high-end formal gardens, parklands, waterways and features, woodlands and leisure facilities.

It would be preferred if the candidate had a recognised horticultural qualification, but this is not essential. Training in the ways of good horticultural practice will be provided on the job. The candidate should have strong experience of high-end gardening, with private estate teamwork preferred.

Responsibilities include:

Horticulture:

  • All aspects of horticulture; specialised and more general
  • All aspects of lawn care
  • Chemical applications and record keeping (PA1 & PA6 required) – subject to training and supervision as required
  • Ground clearance and seasonal work
  • Sweeping and maintenance of hard surfaces / furniture within the gardens
  • Tending to borders and lawns
  • Specialised pruning and trimming
  • Care of artificial tennis court - under instruction
  • Maintenance of waterways, lakes and stream, irrigation system
  • Safe operation of machinery subject to training

As well as good horticultural ability the candidate will be able to demonstrate the following skills / qualities:

  • Cooperative and enthusiastic nature
  • Ability to work positively in a tight knit team
  • Willing to take direction and follow instruction as required
  • Able to work independently and take ownership for work
  • High levels of energy and self-motivation
  • Strong attention to detail
  • A pro-active and can-do attitude
  • Good time-management
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Strong work ethic
  • Integrity and discretion
  • A desire to develop personally and undertake training

A full clean driving licence and own transport are preferred due to location (Ascot area).

Full time position - 28 days holiday inclusive of bank holidays. Uniform, PPE and relevant training will be provided.

If this Estate Gardener vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Jay Rimell on 01233 732767 or recruitment@horticruitment.com.

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Thank you for the interest you have shown in this Estate Gardener vacancy.  Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications that we receive, it is not possible to respond to every one.  Therefore, unless you hear from us within the next 14 days, your application for this Estate Gardener vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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Senior Gardener

Senior Gardener required

A unique and incredible opportunity has become available for a Senior Gardener to work with a world renown garden designer, Piet Oudolf, installing some ground-breaking designs within a sixty-acre garden.  This vacancy would suit an enthusiastic and experienced horticulturalist with energy and the kind of attention to detail that takes the good and makes it great!

The successful candidate will join a growing estate team at a senior level and will be responsible for managing and maintaining the modern gardens to a high horticultural standard. The 60 acres surrounding property is effectively gardens, parkland with expansive grass areas area and includes pathways through and around the vineyard within the grounds, 3 large ponds currently being landscaped and a stream. There is also a formal outdoor swimming pool and a natural bathing pool containing aquatic plants and water lilies.

The gardens contain Piet Oudolf new perennial beds and borders, a formal Hornbeam walk with Beech hedges beneath it to be kept well clipped, free standing specimen seasonal flowering trees and shrubs, climbing roses, small natural woodland area and flowering meadows in the fields. There is no kitchen garden but plans for fruit trees to be planted. There are several plans for the garden, future projects and ongoing development such as working with the James Hitchmough developing the Wetland meadow from seed with young plants being added this Spring- Summer. A collection of specimens Taxodium disticum is to be planted this autumn along with other trees.

The Senior Gardener will be expected to liaise directly with the owners, plan at least 12 months ahead to prepare for all eventualities in the garden and suggest seasonal and long-term planting and maintenance strategies. This will include all routine work as well as project work, developments, enhancements and implementations.  In addition, they will be planning for new planting, bulb planting and displays, propagation of plants for re-stocking, ordering of materials such as mulch at the appropriate time for use in the garden. The Senior Gardener will plan ahead to ensure continuity of supplies and purchase supplies as required. They will also be assessing the abilities of all contractors/ team members and allocating work in the appropriate manner providing a work schedule.

Applicants are expected to have experience working on private estate garden, have extensive horticultural knowledge and / or a horticultural qualification.  They will ideally hold tickets such as Spray certificates and chainsaw as well as ideally have relevant licences for the use of large garden machinery (tractors, lawnmowers, strimmer’s, chain saws, hedge cutters, etc.). All equipment is to be kept in a clean and safe operating condition.

Prospective candidates are required to be excellent cultivators, have experience in all aspects of the horticultural year and be able to communicate well.  They will need to be able to co-ordinate and develop all other areas of the property as required. The role would suit a team player who also has the genuine passion to lead a team to create a well maintained, beautiful estate. More importantly, however, he/she must have a strong desire to move up into a Head Gardener vacancy. Having a "can do" attitude is imperative.

SALARY:  up to £40,000 depending on experience

LOCATION:  Newbury, Berkshire

JOB No:  EC55583

If this Senior Gardener vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Sara Yassin on 01233 733510 or info@englishcountrygardeners.co.uk

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Thank you for the interest you have shown in this Senior Gardener  vacancy.  Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications that we receive, it is not possible to respond to every one.  Therefore, unless you hear from us within the next 14 days, your application for this Senior Gardener  vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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Gardener

Gardener/ Maintenance / Handyperson required

Job Ref ADV443

Duties will include but are not limited to: clearing gutters, general DIY, upkeep of Estate vehicles, general gardening, general outdoor grounds work, internal and external upkeep of estate property.

We are a small but very dedicated friendly team, Ideally seeking a  flexible, experienced individual  Must be a team player and be willing to  help out other team members if the need arises. Experience with all garden machinery is a must, such as ride on mowers, strimmer’s, push mowers, hedge trimmers etc.

A spray certificate would be an advantage coupled with a chainsaw certificate, but training can be given upon successful completion of your trial period.

This private advert is being managed directly by the employer. horticruitment are not involved in the hiring process and are therefore unable to share any additional information on this role. If you have any questions regarding this position, the best course of action is to apply for the job which will open a line of communication with the employer.

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Gardener/Maintenance and Driver

Gardener/Maintenance and Driver required

Job Ref ADV431

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced gardener/maintenance/driver to join the current Head Gardener and Under Gardener to assist with the care and ongoing development of the gardens and maintenance of the estate.

Salary                            Up to £26,000 depending on experience
Locations                     Newbury, Berkshire, live out
Hours of work             8am-5pm with some later finishes if needed to drive
Essential                       Full Driver’s license
Starting                         February 2023

The role will involve working throughout the estate and assisting the team in the maintenance of the gardens/estate/house to a high standard.  A large part of the role is maintenance inside and outside the main house and other buildings i.e. clearing gutters, cleaning internal windows general DIY, valeting estate cars, raking gravel, swimming pool and tennis court/driving company cars.

The estate is varied and includes an extensive Kitchen Garden with a mix of vegetables, cut flowers, fruit and glasshouses.  Other features include herbaceous borders, ferneries, lakes and waterfalls with large lawn areas, hedgerows with rough grass areas that are in the process of being turned into meadows.

We are a small but very dedicated and friendly team and are looking for someone who is flexible and has experience in all aspects of garden and estate maintenance who is keen to learn about the gardens/estate and has a can-do attitude regardless of the job in hand. 

Experience with all garden machinery is a must, i.e. ride on mowers, strimmers, push mowers, hedge trimmers etc. A spray certificate would be an advantage as well as a chainsaw certificate, but training can be given upon successful completion of your trail period.

This is a fantastic opportunity to work closely with friendly and supportive owners on maintaining and managing their estate and gardens.

Readiness to work in a very hands-on manner with the utmost flexibility is essential the ideal candidate will have a positive outlook and friendly character he/she will be organised and have good time keeping.

To apply please send your CV and reference to Dan on farmerdan@live.co.uk

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Horticulture Manager

Horticulture Manager required

Job Ref ADV392

Here at Dobbies Garden Centres our People are the heart of everything we do. Join us.

Vacancy summary

We're recruiting for a Horticulture Manager to join the Dobbie’s Team. You'll bring expert knowledge of horticulture with retail management expertise. Working closely with your General Manager in setting the standard for our flagship department, you’ll be an inspirational leader, customer champion and commercial innovator making your Horticulture Department the place to be for customers and colleagues alike.? 

About the role 

-Overseeing the horticulture department operation, maximising profitable sales and growth while creating a unique customer focussed environment. 

-Providing expert advice and guidance in relation to plant care and maintenance, core gardening products & equipment. 

-Taking the lead in creating a great place to work for everyone on a day to day basis whilst thinking ahead to ensure your team have a development journey with Dobbies. 

-Sparking your team’s passion for delivering the best customer experience possible by creating a brilliant customer journey. 

-Working closely with our central support teams, maintaining top notch communication, stock supply and response. 

-Ensuring department compliance and health and safety regulations are carried out, whilst caring for employee and customers welfare at all times 

 About You 

-You’ll bring horticulture expertise with proven experience of retail management. 

-Commercial awareness and understanding of budgets, profitability from driving retail sales and improved ways of working. 

-Ability to identify training needs. You'll be effectively coaching and training all levels ensuring our teams are delivering a first-class customer experience. 

-Adaptability. You'll act quickly and enthusiastically to changing priorities, workload and concepts. 

-Positivity managing change, you'll lead the team through each season with care and motivation to deliver the best. 

Our offering 

-Generous annual leave entitlement 

-Fantastic team member discount to be enjoyed in the store, restaurant and foodhall 

-Thriving culture; the Dobbies team are passionate, diverse and committed to our customer 

-Stakeholder pension with shared employee and employer contribution

-Access to our confidential Wellbeing provider, including unlimited access to our retail discounts platform 

www.dobbies.com

This private advert is being managed directly by the employer. horticruitment are not involved in the hiring process and are therefore unable to share any additional information on this role. If you have any questions regarding this position, the best course of action is to apply for the job which will open a line of communication with the employer.


Head Gardener

A highly experienced Head Gardener with an accredited horticultural qualification (Level 3 or above) is sought to play a leading role on a stunning and historic 200-acre private estate in Ascot, Berkshire. 

This position would suit a proactive, committed, and hands-on Head Gardener who has demonstrable experience of working within a large estate team. Expertise in garden design, woodland management, project procurement, safe working practices, and garden machinery and licensing are essential.

The Head Gardener will lead and manage a committed team of 10, to ensure that the gardens and wider estate are maintained to the highest possible standards. The ability to motivate and support the development of the existing team is highly desirable. Reporting to the Operations Manager, the Head Gardener will be required to manage external contractors and to work alongside landscape architects where necessary. As Head Gardener you will oversee the garden budget, maintenance schedules, and seasonal planting plans.

The Head Gardener will be expected to brief the principal on garden projects on a regular basis, so discretion and good communication skills are necessary.

The estate encompasses approximately 60-acres of Grade I listed gardens, grass tennis courts, an outdoor swimming pool, rose garden, potager, large greenhouse and woodland glade. In addition to the main estate, the Head Gardener will also be responsible for overseeing the management of small ornamental gardens at the Principal’s London townhouse.

The Head Gardener will be joining the Estate at an exciting time, as they will have the opportunity to play a key role in the development and implementation of a garden legacy project. This is a rare opportunity for a talented gardener to take a significant step in their career and to utilise their varied skillset.

Candidates must have proven management experience, preferably working in both a private and public garden, and hold a full UK driving licence.

Working Hours are Monday to Friday, 7:00am–5:00pm. Some Saturdays and Bank Holidays required during busy periods.

A competitive salary is provided at £48,000 per annum, with a salary review after successful completion of the probation which is 6 months. 2 bonuses would also be given each year, one in January and one in July and this will be depending on performance. The accommodation is a 3-bedroom cottage located next to the main Estate, but not on the grounds. The property is currently unfurnished, but this is something provided if the candidate would prefer it to be furnished.

SALARY:  £48,000  
LOCATION:  Berkshire
JOB No:  EC36119

If this Head Gardener vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Sara Yassin on 01233 733510 or info@englishcountrygardeners.co.uk.

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Thank you for the interest you have shown in this Head Gardener vacancy.  Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications that we receive, it is not possible to respond to every one.  Therefore, unless you hear from us within the next 14 days, your application for this Head Gardener vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

www.englishcountrygardeners.co.uk


Customer Advisor

Customer Advisor

Job ref K451

An outstanding opportunity exists for a Customer Advisor to join a fast-paced online horticultural retailer. Our client has grown significantly over the last couple of years, employing over 30 staff, and supplying some of the country’s leading garden centres and nurseries.  This Customer Advisor role offers the chance for progression and growth within its organisation.  This is a fantastic opportunity for an enthusiastic horticultural sales assistant or supervisor that has strong customer service work experience to make their mark on this new and exciting vacancy. 

Customers are at the heart of what our client does.  Applicants will need to have a proven track record of providing excellent customer service, that are passionate about helping customers. The Customer Advisor position will also involve working closely with our clients’ suppliers, assisting the supply chain in a positive way, dealing with queries, orders and returns. The Customer Advisor role is a new role for our client, but it is an area of the organisation that is set to grow.  

Job Brief

As the businesses Customer Advisor, you will deliver an exceptional service to customers. Supporting the growth of our client, no two days will be the same as you work across the business. The successful candidate will need to be able to,

-Working together with the team to assist in the build/development of a pioneering online customer excellence function

-Being the face of the company to their customers, garden centre and nursery partners, building strong relationships, responding to queries, supporting the growth of the business community, and creating positive memorable experiences to enhance their experience across different communication channels, such as phone, email, whatsapp as well as on-site chat

-Working with our carrier providers to ensure seamless delivery experiences for our customers.

Key Skills

As the Customer Advisor, you’ll need have the following experience;

-A proven track record in the gardening industry: you know this environment well in terms of the products & tips on how to care for a product.

-Experience of working in a fast-paced, dynamic environment

-You have excellent communication skills, both verbal and written

-A meticulous eye for detail and brilliant written and verbal communication skills

-A strong work ethic, a humble attitude and an entrepreneurial spirit

 Package includes:

-Salary of up to Circa £27k per annum   

Our client provides the ideal environment in which to develop and thrive. Whether you’re an accomplished Sales Assistant or a budding plant enthusiast looking for a role in horticulture, our client will provide you with all the support you need to advance a career to be proud of.  

If this Customer Advisor vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Ruth Bolam on 01233 732767 or ruth@horticruitment.com.

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Head Gardener

Head Gardener required

Job Ref ADV352

Based on the outskirts of a regional park, the gardens include extensive formal borders, shrub beds and lawned areas. We are looking to appoint someone with an excellent work ethic and the ability to look at the bigger picture.

Based at the exclusive and luxury Hotel, your role will encompass:

Maintaining the gardens, hedges, lawns and various borders;

Roads, drives and paths – The main drive, entrances and various garden paths;

Design and plan additional planting to develop the garden as required;

Employees – There is an Under Gardener to assist you, they will benefit from your knowledge and experience, continued development is essential;

Equipment – There will be a broad range of garden, grounds, turf care and relevant machinery, equipment and tools which the successful candidate will be responsible for including maintenance and upkeep, and completing relevant inspection and fault records;

Health and Safety – The successful candidate will have overall responsibility for Health and safety by maintaining a safe system of working and completing and maintaining site risk assessment;

Reports – The successful candidate must maintain an accurate diary, recording subjects such as weather, labour provisions, irrigation, garden notes and produce monthly reports;

Willingness’ to travel to other sites during the winter months as and when required.

Essential Requirements

Five or more years’ experience within the industry;

Strong plant knowledge;

Previous experience with large formal gardens;

Horticulture qualification level 2 or 3;

Professional and presentable demeanour with positive client liaison skills;

Good track record in managing a growing team;

Full clean driving license;

Mechanical knowledge of industry equipment and machinery;

Desirable Requirements

Landscape industry knowledge;

Emergency first aid at work;

Supervisory/Team leader experience;

PA1, PA6 safe use of pesticides.

This is a full time, 40 hours per week position, 20 days plus bank holidays annual leave increasing with employment anniversary. Full PPE and workwear as well as the use of company vehicles and supported opportunities for career progression and development.

www.maydencroft.co.uk