Skilled Gardener

An excellent opportunity has arisen for a Skilled Gardener to join a large, semi-rural estate near Edinburgh. Currently, the historic home and grounds are open to the public and it is the intention of the owners to eventually open the walled gardens, which have featured in both Country Life and Gardens Illustrated, for pre-booked tours and very occasional small events.

Encompassed within 150 acres of grounds, the main house is surrounded by extensive formal lawns which also feature the large driveway and an 18th Century stone pond. The naturalistic gardens contain a spring garden and a large walled garden which previously featured as a nursery on the estate. It has now been restored and re-designed by the family and there are extensive mixed shrub borders, mature hedges, a greenhouse, mature and young trees all of which are divided by well-maintained gravel pathways. Due to the sheer size of the walled garden, this will be the primary area the successful candidate will work in on this estate.

Our client seeks a Skilled Gardener to help maintain the gardens on a year-round basis which are also under constant renovation. They will be reporting into the Head Gardener who will continue to manage the gardens on a part time basis. The successful applicants will be a keen plantsperson and have a good understanding of basic horticultural techniques.  The gardens have been kept to an incredibly high standard and the owner wishes for the quality of work to remain at a high horticultural standard.

Applicants should be confident working independently, physically fit, comfortable working at heights and have a ‘can do’ attitude.  Aa horticultural qualification would be advantageous and / or previous experience working in a similar role. As such, excellent plant knowledge and technical skills are essential for this position. A full, clean UK driving license, previous experience with a wide range of gardening machinery and PA1/PA6 spraying certification are a requirement for this position. Chainsaw certification is advantageous for this role and some flexibility is needed, as occasional ‘other duties’ may be required such as looking after the client’s dogs. 

The role is offered with a beautiful two-bedroom garden cottage on site, with rent and rates being paid for by the client. Due to the proximity to the main property and its walled garden, it will be expected that the Skilled Gardener will need to provide an awareness of security for the owners and the wider estate.

The hours of work for this position are 8.30am-4.30pm Monday-Thursday and 8.30am-3.30pm on Fridays with a half an hour paid break and two fifteen-minute unpaid breaks. On weekends, it is expected that the successful candidate will be required to water the greenhouse.  

SALARY:        £28,000 + Accommodation
LOCATION:  Near Edinburgh  
JOB No:          EC62717

If this Skilled Gardener vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Sara Yassin on 01233 733510 or

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Skilled Gardener

Skilled Gardener

Up to £27k DOE

Edinburgh, UK

Stephen Ogilvie Garden Design are looking for experienced gardeners to join our growing horticultural team, handling a portfolio of stunning private gardens and estates in and around Edinburgh.

The successful candidates will have excellent plant identification skills, knowledge of how and when to prune shrubs and trees, how to care for herbaceous borders and experience of planting new gardens.

As this is a role for a horticulturalist, we require that candidates are qualified to at least RHS Level 2 or equivalent and preferably hold a PA1 & PA6 spraying license (or similar). Experience of horticultural equipment and a full, clean driving license is also required.

We provide a uniform, PPE and all necessary tools and equipment, as well as opportunities for additional qualifications and courses that are relevant to the role.

Working hours are Monday to Friday 7.30am - 4.30pm. We will consider either full or part-time for the right applicant.

Stephen Ogilvie Garden Design, Build & Horticulture

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Estimator required

Job Ref ADV379

Due to expansion, we have a number of exciting new opportunities for Grounds Maintenance Field Estimators in our Grounds Maintenance teams across the UK.

The role;

Your key role would be to carry out onsite surveys for extra works quotations across multiple commercial sites. You will then feedback the data via our inhouse mobile app, taking photos and providing the quotation directly to our client. This will allow Ground Control to provide extra works quotations to our clients in a quick and professional manner improving customer service and maximising business opportunity.

What we offer;

At Ground Control we believe in rewarding our employees for their hard work. We offer a wide-ranging benefits programme inspiring you to realise your full potential;

· We have recently been rated 62nd in the Britain’s Best Company List for 2021

· We inclusively support ‘The Race at Work Charter’, ‘Ban the Box’, ‘The Armed Forces Covenant’ and are ‘Disability Confident’

· A supportive, entrepreneurial working environment that fosters collaboration

· We believe that ‘no job is too urgent or important not to be done safely’ and embed this Safety culture throughout the business

· Training, development, coaching and mentoring opportunities, with clear career path progression

· Match funding for employee fundraising and 2 personal choice volunteering days

· We invest 5% of our profits into the Evergreen Fund, an investment fund dedicated to sustainability and environmental initiatives.

· By 2025 we have committed to planting 1,000,000 trees, having a fully electric fleet, and being carbon neutral

· Cycle to work, Travel loans

· Bupa employee support & Free Flu Jab & subscriptions to an online GP service and

· Calm, the wellbeing app

How we work;

We put people at the centre of everything we do.

Everyone is welcome. We’re embracing a culture where difference is valued. Your uniqueness will be celebrated. We believe diversity grows innovation, and innovation creates initiative. Together we’ll succeed in caring for each other, caring for our communities and caring for our environment. 

Who are we looking for?

We’d love to hear from candidates who are looking for their next step within Grounds Maintenance and or Horticulture. You could be an existing Team Leader or Supervisor in the industry or a junior Contract Manager looking to focus on the quotation side of the role. Whatever your current role you will need previous experience of quoting within a Grounds Maintenance environment.

In addition; you must be able to;

Key Requirements:

-Travel independently to multiple sites daily.

-Hold a full, clean UK Driving/Motorcycle licence.

-Able to work safely within guidance and legislation.

-Ability to build and maintain strong working relationships.

-Ability to accurately record data via a mobile device

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