Head Gardener

An exciting Head Gardener role has become available to take responsibility for a historically renowned landscape set within a diversified rural estate in southwest Scotland. The gardens are open to the public for 7 months of the year and home to a wide collection of mature tree specimens and diverse range of Rhododendron species. The remarkable micro-climate of the area means that many exotic plants can grow and flourish. These important historic gardens are located on an isthmus, covering an area of 75 acres. Landscape features include sculpted landforms, tree lined avenues, Rhododendron collection, round pond, champion trees and variety of rare species. Formal areas include an ornamental walled garden with herbaceous planting, mixed perennial planting, and formal lawns.

The successful applicant will be responsible for planning, overseeing, and implementing the seasonal operations throughout the gardens. Managing an existing small team of committed gardeners with the intention of growing the team by recruiting additional team members and the implementation of a volunteer programme. An awareness of good health and safety practices is essential, as the successful applicant will be responsible for compliance with Estate Health and Safety Policy for all gardening staff and contractors.  Moving forward the gardens will require someone to be invested in the development and improvement of the landscape, key responsibilities moving forward will include management of the tree and plant collections, identifying, labelling, and recording the historic collection. The successful applicant will work closely with the owners to design and implement planting plans and displays for all areas of the gardens, particularly utilising the unique microclimate.

Applicants must have previous Head Gardener experience, extensive plant knowledge, strong staff management skills and the passion and drive to develop and promote a diverse plant collection within a historic landscape. Applicants must have clear and demonstratable experience as Head Gardener, excellent attention to detail and a positive, enthusiastic attitude towards their work and colleagues. At least six seasons experience of garden management is essential along with a detailed knowledge and experience of plants and good hands-on gardening skills. Accommodation is provided with this role, council tax will be paid by the employer with occupants responsible for utility bills, pets and children are welcome.

SALARY:  Up to £42,000 (Dependant on experience)
LOCATION:  Dumfries and Galloway
JOB No: EC57456

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

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