Deputy Head Gardener

A self-motivated and experienced deputy head gardener is sought after on a full time and permanent basis for a diverse trials garden in East Sussex. The garden is a private family garden but is open to the public on specified days each year. All plants are grown, trialled, and photographed for the owner’s catalogue and website.

The deputy head gardener will work within the genial and inclusive team and work in all areas of the intensively planted 3-acre garden, including the annual and perennial cutting gardens, the dahlia gardens, the rose gardens, the vegetable Garden plus all other areas. The role requires good plant knowledge and year-round upkeep as well as day to day care of a busy garden. A good eye for the continual evolution of the garden will be required

The ideal candidate will have excellent record keeping including tracking of all new trial lines from goods into final analysis of grown plants, ensuring all health & safety guidelines are apparent to all staff and are adhered to, experience in a supervisory role within a garden setting and the ability to turn your hand to anything including helping to run open days. It is important that the deputy head gardener has good communication skills within the team and face to face with visitors and has the ability to organise workloads and staff in the absence of the Head Gardener. A horticultural qualification will be an advantage.

The daily hours run from 08.30 – 17.00, some extra hours may be required during the height of the season. The role will start as soon as possible.

SALARY:        £26,000 – 29,000 depending on experience     
LOCATION: East Sussex
JOB No:          EC37142

If this Deputy 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 Deputy 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 Deputy Head Gardener vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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Head Gardener

A truly exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced, dynamic, and driven Head Gardener to be part of a friendly team on a private family estate, located on the East Sussex coast near Hastings. The estate is a picturesque mansion, a splendid example of Victorian neo-gothic and sits among 90 acres of pleasure gardens, pastures and woodland. The garden is around 15 acres in size, organic and soil association certified.

The newly appointed Head Gardener will join a team of skilled gardeners, reporting into the principles and will be responsible for the management, maintenance, and on-going development of gardens. Overlooking the English Channel with views of the white cliffs of Dover and the French coast, the gardens are full of beautiful and interesting plants, with a number of trees and shrubs which are original planting to the house. The gardens are made up of many wonderfully diverse areas rich in colour, texture and has an adventurous use of plants, trees, and shrubs. Much of the garden has been improved since the early 2000’s whilst some of the gardens original layout remains. There are some 35-acres of mixed, broadleaf native woodland, including some extensive bluebell woods; the woodland is also managed for firewood production.

Other elements of the garden include a tropical border home to some marvellous exotic hardy and half-hardy plants, and a Nursery which is used year-round to supply the garden with plants. Two 100-metre-long borders containing a mixture of shrubs and herbaceous perennial plants with a 300ft peony hedge. A stunning glass house is home to tropical plants and a propagation area for seeds and cuttings, and a wonderful mixed orchard home to apple, pear and quince trees and a natural pond. A 1.5-acre Victorian walled garden that is home to an amphitheatre, glasshouse, pond, and fruit cage. This area of the gardens function is to grow food for the house and the events that the estate holds, a large variety of fruits and vegetables from the every day to the slightly unusual.

This is an exciting opportunity for a Head Gardener with a real passion and drive for horticulture and a keen interest in kitchen gardening, to work within a close-knit team on this prestigious and historic estate. The Head Gardener will encourage career growth and development for the team and must be happy to support trainings, development programmes, should the budget allow for that year. The owners also keep bees on the estate therefore if there was an interest or you have experience in beekeeping, there is an opportunity there to get involved. The Head Gardener will develop the garden, implement plans, recreate borders, and carryout planting schemes. He / She will report to and work closely with the owners in the development of the garden, making sure the grounds are to be maintained to the highest of standards. The estate

A minimum of a level 2 horticultural qualification is required, with experience and a confident approach to growing produce.  He/ She will also need to be an organised and proactive person with good record keeping abilities. In addition, the estate gardening team participate in a local in bloom a community horticultural group devoted to enhancing the local village environment and support for this programme will be required from time to time as well as mentoring trainees and volunteers as necessary. The property itself play host to numerous events throughout the year and the Head Gardener will be expected to be involved. As an ambassador of the house and gardens, the successful applicant will seek out opportunities to provide visitors with friendly conversation and background information on everything horticultural, and giving guided tours of the gardens and grounds. The estate has a strong social media presence, so the Head Gardener will be required to create and put out interesting and inspiring content regarding the gardens.

Suitable applicants will possess experience in horticulturally diverse gardens, good physical fitness, and excellent plant identification and management skills. Practical experience with a wide range of garden machinery is essential, as is a keen interest in organic gardening. This new opportunity will suit an experienced and qualified horticulturist with excellent attention to detail, with garden planning and staff supervision experience. Applicants should be equally passionate, energetic, and experienced hands-on professionals with an ability to lead a team of gardeners.

SALARY:  £34,000 - £40,000 dependent on experience
LOCATION:  East Sussex
JOB No:  EC43745

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

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Plant Sales Advisor

Plant Sales Advisor required

Job Ref W001

Our client is a long-established specialist supplier of trees, shrubs and accessories to both trade and private clients across southern England. The company has a reputation for the supply of high-quality plants supported by helpful and expert advice. This is an opportunity to join a team of 15 staff in a small, successful, and efficient company, in a sales role on a busy retail nursery with a good working environment to grow alongside the company.

Job Description

As a company they offer an onsite consultation service for their customers, which are carried out by their specialist horticultural experts. As the Plant Sales Advisor, the role will involve working in a small team of 4 people focusing primarily on the retail aspects of the business, helping, and advising visiting customers on their choice of plants, as well as giving the best horticultural advice over the phone and via email and then dealing with the resulting sales transaction.  Part of the role will involve keeping a good level of housekeeping standards across the department.  When not engaging with visiting customers, applicants will be expected to undertake general duties on the nursery such as weeding, watering, and pruning.

Required Skills

Our client is seeking a person with suitable experience in a similar role and with the ability to potentially take on a more senior role in the future. The following skills are essential:

  • A good level of plant knowledge, preferably including trees, with the ability to give good practical guidance to customers on plant selection and care.
  • Good communication and inter-personal skills, as this role is heavily customer focused
  • Good Computer skills an advantage although training will be given
  • Applicants must be physically fit and happy to do practical work on the nursery
  • Enjoy working as part of a successful team

For this vacancy, the client is willing to consider applicants of a more junior level who are looking to further their career within horticulture.

Hours of work

Hours are likely to average around 40 hours per week and will include working on Saturdays. However, there is some flexibility as to which days and hours are worked during the week, but it is likely to require a 5-day week, including Saturdays

Holidays

The company offers a minimum of 23 days holiday per year (pro rata) plus bank holidays. Candidates are asked not to take annual leave during peak seasons ranging from mid-September to mid-May, unless organised 1 year in advance with senior management.  

Pension

The company operates a contributory pension scheme to which employees are auto enrolled in accordance with current government requirements.

If this Plant Sales Advisor vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Sophie Sharpe on 01233 732767 or sophie@horticruitment.com.

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Senior Gardener

Senior Gardener required

Job Ref B848

Our client’s set up their business 4 years ago and it has rapidly grown with the help of fantastic team who all bring individual specialities to the company. This job role offers an exciting opportunity to be a part of an exciting company which continues to grow and lead the way in estate and garden management.

The business strives for excellence in everything that they do. They work with high-net-worth individuals who own beautiful large properties, estates and gardens, and as a team, they maintain these proprieties to the highest of standards. Loyalty, reliability and having professional proactive approach are absolutely essential skills required to join the team.

The Senior Gardener will have good communication and customer service skills, positive attitude, self-motivated and with high attention to detail. It is important that they are reliable, punctual and well-presented.

Skills Essential to the Role:

-A current full UK clean driving licence for a manual vehicle.

-Significant practical experience (2 years or more) in horticulture, supported by appropriate horticultural qualifications

-Good knowledge of plant husbandry and horticultural

-Some knowledge of the conservation of historic landscapes

-Experience of leading and participating in garden activities and events.

-Supervisory skills, able to manage other members of the team

-Ability to understand the approach needed to reward, recognise and motivate colleagues.

-Some knowledge of budgets and finance.

-Competence with machinery/equipment use and maintenance including tractors, trailers, chippers, chainsaws and pedestrian mowers with accreditation as required for Health and Safety compliance

-Knowledge of Health and Safety & Compliance requirements.

-Good written and verbal communication skills.

-To ensure that the mechanical condition and security of vehicles and machinery used in operations is maintained in a safe and secure manner and that any defects, damage or breakdowns are reported promptly

-Ability to respond to emergency situations in a calm and decisive manner

-Ability to communicate in a clear and polite manner with colleagues, clients and members of the public. 

-To work outdoors at all times of the year in all weather conditions

-To understand work requirements and work to deadlines.

Other preferable skills are UK drivers’ licence with BE entitlement (trailer) and first aid.

Where the employee is qualified to drive company vehicles and tow company trailers, he/she may be required to carry out the following additional duties:

  • To drive any Company vehicle in accordance with the relevant legal requirements and Company procedures.
  • To clean vehicles and plant assigned to you and keep the vehicle in a tidy condition.
  • To ensure vehicles and plant are prepared ready for out of hours emergencies.
  • To perform minor maintenance tasks on the vehicles, as necessary.
  • Ability to undertake basic vehicle checks and to identify maintenance needs.

This exciting opportunity comes with an attractive salary, discretionary end of year bonus, 25 days paid holiday a year, Government pension scheme, All PPE, equipment, and workwear provided, continuous professional development (CPD) and overtime prospects.

The successful candidate with be required to sign a nondisclosure agreement (NDA) to protect my client’s privacy.

If this Senior Gardener vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Bevan Andrews on 01233 732767 or bevan@horticruitment.com.

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Sole Gardener

An incredible opportunity has arisen for a driven sole gardener to work closely with one of the country’s most celebrated horticulturists on developing a 3-acre garden near Heathfield in East Sussex.  

The stunning Grade II listed property dates back to the late 13th century with 18th and 19th century additions. The gardens are currently kept private, but the owners are considering opening through the NGS. The gardens consist of ancient pasture to the front of the house culminating in a circular driveway with a large central lawn. This space will be changed to into an intricate garden to create a distinct area. The west facing garden has mature trees, shrubs and topiary at various levels and is bordered by pleached hornbeams separating it from the rear garden. Beyond the shrubs, a secret garden will be created. The South-facing Garden benefits from a large lawn, pond, wildflower meadow and a paved terrace adjacent to the house, an elegant south-facing brick wall supports a flower border, there are also a summer house and a greenhouse. A small stream with deep protective banks runs down one side of the garden and there is an orchard to the rear accessed by bridges, this stocks apples, plums, mulberry, pears, a walnut and ornamental tree.

The garden project is currently in the planning phase and the garden designer aims to kick off the three-year project at the end of June 2021. The owners are looking for a knowledgeable, enthusiastic and hands-on gardener with some experience to start working as the gardens are being built by the garden designer from the early stages of this exciting project and manage the gardens thereafter. The successful candidate should also have an eye for floristry as the owners enjoy growing, cutting and using flowers and plants from the garden inside the house.

Applicants must have excellent attention to detail and a positive, enthusiastic attitude towards their work.  The successful candidate with ideally hold a horticultural qualification and have about 3 years’ experience working on a private estate garden.  The gardener must be able to communicate effectively, particularly as they will be expected to work closely with other gardeners during the development phase as well as with the distinguished designer.  The gardens are mainly organic; however, sprays are occasionally used for pathways etc. therefore a spray certificate would be an advantage as well as a chainsaw certificate but not essential. A driving licence is required.

Typical garden management duties in relation to the garden will include:

  • Ongoing maintenance of, and potentially additional planting, in the existing areas of the garden including the development of areas of Rhododendrons in the woodland.
  • Annual planting and management of existing cutting beds and pot displays and management of existing fruit orchard.
  • Creating, and working with the client, in developing flower displays within the house using plants from the garden.
  • Taking over management of plantings and maintenance for new garden areas on agreed completion and thereafter ongoing management.
  • Supporting the successful establishment of new trees and topiary including, where necessary, developing new topiarised shapes amongst other mature specimens.
  • General maintenance of hedges, lawns and wildflower areas including supervision of others, where this makes sense, in the cutting of large areas of hedging.

Accommodation can be available if required. Depending on the successful candidate’s circumstances, this would be either onsite or accommodation in the local village.

SALARY:  Up to £30,000 DOE
LOCATION:  Near Heathfield, East Sussex
JOB No:  EC37718

If this Sole 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 Sole 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 Sole Gardener vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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Experienced Gardener

A fantastic opportunity has arisen for an experienced gardener to join a small team on an impressive and unique private estate in East Sussex. This opportunity would suit qualified and experienced gardeners with a particular interest/experience in naturalistic gardening and gardening for wildlife.

Managed organically, the gardens consist largely of meadow and meadow-style plantings, with native hedges and specimen trees, a Walled Garden ripe for development, fruit and vegetable gardens, ponds, glasshouses, and Orangery. The 4-acre Ornamental Garden is set within a 20-acre wider garden, within the wider context of the surrounding estate, which is managed for conservation and wildlife with low-intensity farming and semi-natural habitat restoration.  The desire is for the garden to blend into the wider landscape, with a key focus on the sensitivities of native ecology and methods by which to provide long term natural habitats. Innovative use of native species and on-going ‘design’ is therefore a constant source of interest for the gardening staff, owners and visitors alike.

Suitable applicants will hold an academic horticultural qualification at level 2 or above, good plant knowledge, and be experienced with a wide range of gardening machinery and horticultural techniques.   Candidates must be able to demonstrate an interest in a ‘naturalistic’ gardening style, organic management principles, along with vegetable and fruit production. Enthusiasm, attention to detail and a sense of enquiry are required for success in this role. A chainsaw licence is desirable but not essential.

Main duties and responsibilities of a garden team member include the maintenance and development of a range of garden areas to a high standard, using specialist horticultural skills.  The successful candidate should be able to manage their own workload, plan and prioritise effectively and use initiative to facilitate the team in achieving overall goals on the estate.  The supervision and guidance of garden trainees, students and casual staff may be required of all team members at times, so applicants must be positive in attitude, helpful in manner, and must have a willingness to disseminate their knowledge when such opportunities arise.

Candidates must be physically fit, able to work within applicable health and safety standards and have a commitment to personal and professional development.  A full driving licence is required for this role.

This is a unique opportunity to play a key role in a progressive, innovative and environmentally beneficial garden, one that is likely to set a shining example to estate gardens of the future. 

SALARY:  Up to £28,000 DOE
LOCATION:  Wadhurst, East Sussex
JOB No:  EC36796

If this Experienced 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 Experienced 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 Experienced vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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Deputy Head Gardener

Applications are invited for the position of Deputy Head Gardener for the gardens of a family-owned estate in East Sussex.

The Estate comprises of stunning woodlands and extensive pasture stretching over 500 acres. The family’s vision is to achieve an estate that is highly sustainable, supports a rich array of biodiversity along with recreational enjoyment for the family and its guests.

In the immediate vicinity of the Manor House there are over 15 acres of private gardens containing formal areas, lawns, two lakes, a river, orchard, kitchen garden as well as other self-contained gardens.  It is a primary aim for the gardens to be well kept and maintained to a high standard.  The family have a strong ecological approach to gardening promoting organic practices and maintaining natural and wild areas. 

The family have a desire to be involved and the Deputy Head Gardener will work closely with, and advise, them to bring their mutual vision to life.  The experienced gardener will also need to work under their own initiative to manage as well as bring in new ideas to revive the gardens.

Key responsibilities will include:
  • Maintenance and upkeep of all areas of the gardens
  • Maintenance and upkeep of compost/leaf mould/ soil conditions
  • Work closely with the owners to redesign and replant the gardens with the aim to encourage biodiversity
  • Overview and advice on planting and rotation of vegetable garden including use of companion planting
  • Managing and motivating a small horticultural team, delegating tasks where necessary
  • Management and removal of invasive species i.e., bindweed, bamboo, ground elder
  • Identifying plants that are stressed and or diseased and resolving them.
  • Ensuring that garden tools/machinery are operated and maintained correctly

We seek candidates who have at least 3 years senior gardener experience, working on a private estate and/or horticulturally diverse public garden, and are keen to take on a varied project in order to use their horticultural skills to the full. You should have a positive, patient and flexible attitude to work.  

A current driving licence, chainsaw licence for maintenance, cross cutting and felling are desirable as well as having lake/pond knowledge, such as control of invasive weeds/ algae, aquatic plants and knowledge of how to improve water quality and biodiversity is also extremely useful in this senior role. Woodland management skills and wildflower meadow experience would also be beneficial.

SALARY         up to £40,000 Live-out
LOCATION:  East Sussex
JOB No:          EC34482

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

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Thank you for the interest you have shown in this Deputy 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 Deputy Head Gardener vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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Deputy Head Gardener

Applications are invited for the position of Deputy Head Gardener for the gardens of a family-owned estate in East Sussex.

The Estate comprises of stunning woodlands and extensive pasture stretching over 500 acres. The family’s vision is to achieve an estate that is highly sustainable, supports a rich array of biodiversity along with recreational enjoyment for the family and its guests.

In the immediate vicinity of the Manor House there are over 15 acres of private gardens containing formal areas, lawns, two lakes, a river, orchard, kitchen garden as well as other self-contained gardens.  It is a primary aim for the gardens to be well kept and maintained to a high standard.  The family have a strong ecological approach to gardening promoting organic practices and maintaining natural and wild areas. 

The family have a desire to be involved and the Deputy Head Gardener will work closely with, and advise, them to bring their mutual vision to life.  The experienced gardener will also need to work under their own initiative to manage as well as bring in new ideas to revive the gardens.

Key responsibilities will include:
  • Maintenance and upkeep of all areas of the gardens
  • Maintenance and upkeep of compost/leaf mould/ soil conditions
  • Work closely with the owners to redesign and replant the gardens with the aim to encourage biodiversity
  • Overview and advice on planting and rotation of vegetable garden including use of companion planting
  • Managing and motivating a small horticultural team, delegating tasks where necessary
  • Management and removal of invasive species i.e., bindweed, bamboo, ground elder
  • Identifying plants that are stressed and or diseased and resolving them.
  • Ensuring that garden tools/machinery are operated and maintained correctly

We seek candidates who have at least 3 years senior gardener experience, working on a private estate and/or horticulturally diverse public garden, and are keen to take on a varied project in order to use their horticultural skills to the full. You should have a positive, patient and flexible attitude to work.  

A current driving licence, chainsaw licence for maintenance, cross cutting and felling are desirable as well as having lake/pond knowledge, such as control of invasive weeds/ algae, aquatic plants and knowledge of how to improve water quality and biodiversity is also extremely useful in this senior role. Woodland management skills and wildflower meadow experience would also be beneficial.

SALARY         up to £32,000 Live – In 
LOCATION:  East Sussex
JOB No:          EC34428

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

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Thank you for the interest you have shown in this Deputy 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 Deputy Head Gardener vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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Sole Gardener

An incredible opportunity has arisen for a driven sole gardener to work closely with one of the country’s most celebrated horticulturists on developing a 3-acre garden near Heathfield in East Sussex.  

The stunning Grade II listed property dates back to the late 13th century with 18th and 19th century additions. The gardens are currently kept private, but the owners are considering opening through the NGS. The gardens consist of ancient pasture to the front of the house culminating in a circular driveway with a large central lawn. This space will be changed to into an intricate garden to create a distinct area. The west facing garden has mature trees, shrubs and topiary at various levels and is bordered by pleached hornbeams separating it from the rear garden. Beyond the shrubs, a secret garden will be created. The South-facing Garden benefits from a large lawn, pond, wildflower meadow and a paved terrace adjacent to the house, an elegant south-facing brick wall supports a flower border, there are also a summer house and a greenhouse. A small stream with deep protective banks runs down one side of the garden and there is an orchard to the rear accessed by bridges, this stocks apples, plums, mulberry, pears, a walnut and ornamental tree.

The garden project is currently in the planning phase and the garden designer aims to kick off the three-year project at the end of June 2021. The owners are looking for a knowledgeable, enthusiastic and hands-on gardener with some experience to start working as the gardens are being built by the garden designer from the early stages of this exciting project and manage the gardens thereafter. The successful candidate should also have an eye for floristry as the owners enjoy growing, cutting and using flowers and plants from the garden inside the house.

Applicants must have excellent attention to detail and a positive, enthusiastic attitude towards their work.  The successful candidate with ideally hold a horticultural qualification and have about 3 years’ experience working on a private estate garden.  The gardener must be able to communicate effectively, particularly as they will be expected to work closely with other gardeners during the development phase as well as with the distinguished designer.  The gardens are mainly organic; however, sprays are occasionally used for pathways etc. therefore a spray certificate would be an advantage as well as a chainsaw certificate but not essential. A driving licence is required.

Typical garden management duties in relation to the garden will include:

-Ongoing maintenance of, and potentially additional planting, in the existing areas of the garden including the development of areas of Rhododendrons in the woodland.

-Annual planting and management of existing cutting beds and pot displays and management of existing fruit orchard.

-Creating, and working with the client, in developing flower displays within the house using plants from the garden.

-Taking over management of plantings and maintenance for new garden areas on agreed completion and thereafter ongoing management.

-Supporting the successful establishment of new trees and topiary including, where necessary, developing new topiarised shapes amongst other mature specimens.

-General maintenance of hedges, lawns and wildflower areas including supervision of others, where this makes sense, in the cutting of large areas of hedging.

Accommodation can be available if required. Depending on the successful candidate’s circumstances, this would be either onsite or accommodation in the local village.

SALARY:  Up to £30,000 DOE
LOCATION:  Near Heathfield, East Sussex
JOB No:  EC28712

If this Sole 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 Sole 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 Sole Gardener vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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Skilled Gardener

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Skilled Gardener to work alongside the Head Gardener and another senior gardener in maintaining a beautiful and innovative 35-acre private estate near Rye, East Sussex. This position is available to candidates interested in 4 or 5 days per week and the salary would be pro rata for 4 days.

The stunning garden is made up of several different character areas consisting of a very large formal English modern style garden with extensive perennial plantings, rose garden, fern garden, Italian garden, exotic beds, other shrub and perennial beds.  There is a young orchard, a large vegetable garden as well as a new tree plantation, two large greenhouses, rose and clematis 'cloister' type walk, formal hedging and topiary and several formal lawn areas. The garden extends to around five acres in all.

The owners are garden enthusiasts and have been developing the gardens since they bought the property nearly 7 years ago and continue to do so. The skilled gardener will work closely with the Head Gardener on any developments and will be willing to learn and develop their skills to later work on their own initiative. He / She will be responsible for the general maintenance of the garden such as the hedge cutting, strimming, clearing leaves, weeding and support in other areas such as feeding and caring for the chicken and peacocks.

The ideal candidate will have good knowledge of plants, garden practices and the use of garden machinery. He / She will have proven general horticultural skills, work to a high standard and ideally is a keen knowledgeable plants person. Experience in vegetable and fruit production and propagation work would be an advantage. The owners expect the garden to be maintained to a very high standard so the ideal candidate will pay attention to detail and work tidily.

The successful candidate will hold an academic horticultural qualification and have proven experience working in a large private garden or a public garden.  Chainsaw certification (CS30/31) though desirable is not essential, however spray certificates (PA1/PA6) would be an advantage.  You must be somebody who is organised, physically fit and able to work in a small team. Someone who is a fast learner, works to a high standard of professional finish, proactive and capable of working unsupervised generally once started off to maintain the garden's annual calendar and own daily work schedules effectively. References will be required for the successful candidate prior to starting work.

This is a fantastic opportunity for a driven skilled gardener with a real passion for horticulture looking for a long term and rewarding role on a beautiful estate. 

SALARY:        £25,000 – 28,000 depending on experience       
LOCATION: Near Rye, East Sussex
JOB No:          EC27777

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

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