Kitchen Gardener

Kitchen Gardener required

This is a unique and exciting opportunity for a confident and experienced Kitchen Gardener to work within a private Estate in the North Cotswolds.

This is a key position within a recently acquired private Cotswolds Estate that comprises of traditional parkland area, fields and paths, traditional walled garden, kitchen gardens, formal and informal lawns, ponds, orchard, woods, arboretum, bed and borders of large Grade II listed Hall and its various guest houses and cottages.  The successful applicant will be predominantly responsible for the productive areas of the garden.

Ideally candidates will have an accredited horticultural qualification and / or proven experience in a similar role. Reporting to and working closely with the Head Gardener, the Kitchen Gardener will be involved in the planning and ongoing maintenance of the productive garden implementing organic principles where possible. The gardens team supply the house with fresh seasonal produce daily. As well as open ground, the kitchen garden has a number of polytunnels to provide a means of extending the growing season.

The vision for the estate over the next couple of years is to transition the current farming practices to more natural wildflower rich fields, meadows, hedgerows with new additional woodlands and wetlands with the objective of increasing flora and fauna diversity.  The owners are keen to move towards self sufficiency and are keen to source produce from the kitchen garden, orchards and through foraging across the wider estate. Therefore, they are open to ideas moving forward to increase the productivity of the estate. Alongside the Head Gardener, the Kitchen Gardener will develop the Fruit and Vegetable gardens and the Estate Orchards in providing self-sufficient and sustainable Organic produce. Overall, the Gardening team will work with the Kitchen team to utilise the wider ingredients (e.g. Game meats) harvested within the Estate to produce healthy and nutritious meals.  

The Estate values and rewards colleagues that are aspirational and passionate about their roles and will work harmoniously in delivering the exciting legacy that the Principals have in mind.. Working week: 45 hours per week, Monday to Friday (with some shared weekend flexibility during seasonal intensive periods). References and a current DBS will be required. 

SALARY: Circa £30,000

LOCATION: North Cotswolds

JOB No: EC52401

If this Kitchen Gardener vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Matthew Parker on 01233 733510 or info@englishcountrygardeners.co.uk

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