Head of Gardens

An incredible and rare opportunity has become available for a highly skilled and experienced Head of Gardens based Guernsey, Channel Islands. The position is full time, permanent and comes with a competitive salary and relocation package.

The owners have four stunning properties in Guernsey and are looking for a Head of Gardens who is confident to lead the development, maintenance and has the flair and knowledge to maximise the beauty standing within the gardens and grounds.

The principal estate extends to over 18 acres and has two properties onsite with two different style gardens. The Prime Residence contains a South African specimen garden, lawns and other planted borders, woodland, 2 wildflower meadows and a smaller meadow, boundary hedging throughout and Guernsey bank hedging, newly planted orchard of heritage mixed fruit and a new orchard of cider apples to be planted autumn 2023, for production of premium apple brandy. An extensive bulb planting programme is in place to be carried out over the next two years. There currently is a lead gardener and 2 gardeners working on site. The other house onsite is a farmhouse with a vegetable garden, greenhouse and orchid house, fruit cage, small pond, trained fruit, traditional borders, raised beds, lawns and specimen trees.

The second property has extensive gardens including Japanese garden, carp pond, classic circular fountain pond, Italian garden and English garden, vegetable garden with two gardeners managing the site. The third property is a large garden on three levels, laid to lawn and borders and the responsibility is currently shared between the gardeners on the first two sites. The fourth property is made up of 17.5 acres and contains parkland, ponds and formal terrace. The ornamental garden is currently being re-designed, and the gardens are maintained by a lead gardener and assistant gardener.

The ideal candidate will be a qualified Horticulturalist with a demonstrable experience as a Head Gardener, Gardens Manager or Head of Gardens, supported by evidence of the innovative development and implementation of programs of work and long-term garden planning. They will ideally hold a horticultural qualification, level 3 or above. An eye for enhancing and developing gardens, good verbal communication skills and a positive attitude are essential.

This is a fantastic opportunity for a Head of Gardens to create a lasting legacy developing and maintaining four incredible private properties including progressively raising standards with effective maintenance of all gardens.

SALARY:  £70,000 per annum plus £10,000 relocation package
LOCATION:  Guernsey, Channel Islands
JOB No:  EC41965

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

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