Sole Gardener

Sole Gardener required

A unique position has arisen on a beautiful private estate near Winchester for a hands-on, experienced Gardener with strong plant knowledge, to help complete the re-establishment of the garden.  This is a full time, permanent position, with a two-bedroom cottage offered to the successful candidate. Please note that dependents are not accepted with this property.  

The property itself is surrounded by expansive views and is set within 120-acres of land (used primarily for livestock and managed by a neighbouring farmer) in the beautiful Hampshire countryside, approximately 8-miles east of the historic city of Winchester.  The 3-4-acre garden offers potential for the next phase that would incorporate creative input of the successful candidate in conjunction with the owners’ ideas.   

Within the past few years there has been the creation of structures, including a flint Ha-ha, terraced lawns, York stone paving, yew hedging, a roomed and walled rose garden with climbers and planting of large box head limes into a sunken garden.  Existing areas include a spring garden, large planting of camassia, maturing trees, long grass with mown paths, orchids, and wildflowers in recently sowed meadows.  Plans to plant an orchard are being discussed as well as trees in the wider landscape, so the successful applicant would be involved with this from the start of their employment. Future projects include broader shaping of various aspects of the garden to amplify a traditional Georgian estate with a slight contemporary slant for which a successful candidate would be expected to contribute. The grounds include a swimming pool and tennis court which will require basic maintenance.   

This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced and flexible Gardener with good physical fitness and plant knowledge to play a leading role in enriching the classical nature of the re-established gardens.  The property is in a beautiful location, amongst parkland with far reaching views to the South Downs.  

The ideal candidate will hold spray and chainsaw certification and demonstrable gardening experience on private estates and/or horticulturally diverse gardens. Academic horticultural qualifications are desired.  The ability to operate and carry out basic maintenance of garden machinery is essential, as is possession of a full UK driving licence.  Basic Arboriculture knowledge will be of benefit to ensure successful development and care of young trees.

In addition to gardening duties, the new Gardener should be willing to undertake general estate management tasks including interaction/managing any contractors that would come to site, as well as oversee tasks for a groundsman/handyman already living on site.  This vacancy is for full-time permanent and is available from the end of June, allowing for notice periods of the successful candidate(s). 

SALARY:                   Circa £30,000 DOE
Additional details:       2 Bedroom Cottage Included – Utilities Negotiable
LOCATION:              Winchester, Hampshire 
JOB No:                      EC62746

If this Sole Gardener vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Sophie Sharpe 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

Skilled Gardener required

Job Ref W888

Established in 2007, our client is a small family-run business with a long and successful history in private estates and historic garden maintenance. They hold a passion for plants and understands their aesthetic potential and as a company they love creating and maintaining beautiful gardens. Carefully considered planting has the power to transform outdoor spaces, and they specialise in designing and producing wonderful gardens that are successful year after year. As a team they are professional, agile, innovative, and deliver outstanding customer service which is reflected in their longstanding customers and partners. As the company expands, they are now seeking a passionate and enthusiastic gardener to join their professional and skilled horticulturalist team.  

Job Brief

Covering clients in Hampshire, Berkshire and Surrey; large historic and newly established English gardens are their passion. As a member of the horticultural team, candidates will visit one client a day and be expected to be practical, adaptable, and skilled in the application of maintenance requirements and of planting and horticulture as the gardens within the client’s portfolio do require expert care. Duties will include all roles associated with garden creations and maintenance:

  • Planting
  • Pruning
  • Weeding
  • Ongoing plant care
  • Topiary
  • Irrigation
Key Responsibilities

Our client is looking for a friendly, motivated, and reliable candidate who can contribute to the quality of the service they provide and professionally represent the company. Applicants should ideally have comprehensive hands-on experience in garden care and maintenance and an ability to carry out the finer aspects of horticulture, such as species-specific pruning, as well as the more physically demanding tasks. However, the client is happy to also consider more junior candidates who are looking to kickstart their horticultural career.

  • Deliver first quality services on sites to their specification in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work well in a team and be able to follow instructions.
  • Show a good understanding of all health and safety regulations, and always adhering to them.
  • Being able to confidently deal with horticultural matters on site.
  • Excellent communication skills to successfully engage with customers, clients, and team members.
Candidate Skills

The successful candidate will be a people person, well-mannered and presentable, a full and clean UK driving licence with good horticultural knowledge and plant base. Must have the ability to work on their own initiative both in a team and alone with good time management skills. This is also a route for someone who is ambitious to join a progressive company and develop into a role with the possibility for promotion with long term progress in the company.  

The ideal candidate will hold:

  • A full UK manual driving licence (required).
  • RHS Level 2 or NVQ equivalent in Horticulture
  • High attention to detail
  • An appreciation of garden design
  • Passionate about plants and horticulture

Working hours are Monday to Friday 7am-3pm during summer, and 7:30am-3:30pm during winter (not including travel time to site) with overtime sometimes available.

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

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

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Plant Area Manager

Plant Area Manager required

Job Ref D930

Our client is very successful and growing independent Garden Centre. Seeking a plant area manager within their multi million turnover plant department.  

This company has a emphasis on providing a great customer experience and a professional working environment with internal opportunities for training and development to support progression for those wanting to advance.    

Reporting into an established general manager who is invested in your success. 

The Role:

You will be responsible for supporting the garden centre to achieve its plant sales goals while ensuring excellent customer service and a reputation for great quality.

Line managing a team of 6-8 in the Plant Area and reporting into the General Manager.

Duty Management for the site as required.

Following health and safety and ensuring the team are working in a safe manner.

Ensuring maintenance and security of premises and equipment

Managing stock levels

Input into the design and layout of the Plant Area

Skills and Experience:

Supervisory/management experience

  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Excellent Plant Knowledge.
  • Stock management and experience with EPOS systems
  • Key holder and security responsibilities
  • Good communication skills with the ability to train others and work as part of a wider team.
  • Experience in taking a proactive approach to health and safety with a H&S qualification
  • Appropriate Horticultural qualifications

Ideally candidates will have management experience within the Garden Centre sector.  However, above all else the candidate needs to have good customer service skills, supplemented with a good and varied plant knowledge.  Therefore, candidates will be considered with applicable experience from other horticultural backgrounds.   

If this Plant Area Manager vacancy is of interest please apply or contact Paul Hargreaves on 01233 732767 or paul@horticruitment.com

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To apply for a position with horticruitment you will need to complete a candidate registration form, please see Candidate Registration.

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Thank you for the interest you have shown in this Plant Area Manager 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 Plant Area Manager will have been unsuccessful.

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Sole Gardener

A driven and hands on Sole Gardener / Estate Manager is sought after to manage the sustainably designed gardens and grounds of a private estate near Petersfield, Hampshire on a full time and permanent basis. The role would suit an individual who is self-motivated, organised, independent and who is able to work to a high standard on their own for the majority of their time. The property owners will in the first instance call upon the Gardener for practical assistance with repairs and other issues which may arise.

The property area in total is 50 acres with the majority being fields which are maintained by a local farmer and are used for grazing.  The garden surrounding the property is approximately 4-5 acres and includes borders of mixed perennials, large swathes of wildflowers, a pond, a walled vegetable garden growing produce for the house and a polytunnel.  The gardens are maintained organically, and sustainable practices are encouraged on the estate.   

The owners plan to plant more trees in the fields and gardens as well as to restore and upgrade the hedgerows around the fields and replace fencing where needed. A garden design firm has been appointed to carry out new planting schemes for the garden and grounds, with the hard landscaping works (e.g., new paths) and main planting will be carried out this autumn.

The successful applicant will be hands on and responsible for the general management and maintenance of the gardens and grounds. The garden duties include upkeep and maintenance of hedges, pathways and flower meadows, planting and upkeep of beds, borders, vegetable garden and polytunnel, pruning of fruit and other trees, harvesting and coppicing. The estate duties include arranging and overseeing maintenance of the swimming pool, overseeing and co-ordinating external contractors (burglar alarm servicing, domestic appliance servicing), art handling and picture hanging, use and maintenance of vehicles and equipment (ride-on mowers, Kubota utility vehicle, strimmers, blowers, hedge-cutters, chainsaws, etc.) and the construction, maintenance and repairs of post and rail / electric fencing. 

A competitive salary is provided with the role depending on experience, 20 days paid holiday per annum and the working hours are 08:30-16:30 Monday-Friday. 

This is a wonderful opportunity for an individual with experience in all rounded estate management and regenerative / sustainable gardening looking for an opportunity to be involved in the running of all aspects of a private estate.

SALARY: £40,000 - £45,000 depending on experience
LOCATION: near Petersfield, Hampshire
JOB No: EC59444

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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Assistant Manager

Assistant Manager required 

Job Ref: H229

Based on the south coast, on the edge of the New Forest, our client is a family run independently owned garden centre and nursery that has been serving the community for over 100 years. Set over 25-acres the centre boasts a fantastic plantarea with many of the products coming directly from their own nursery which provides 70% of all plants for sale in the centre. They also offer a comprehensive range of garden sundries, home and giftware, furniture and much more. Due to retirement the Directors are now seeking an Assistant Manager who will continue to support them in all daily operations.

Job Description:

As the Assistant Manager your primary responsibility will be to provide management support to the Garden Centre team, with customer service at the forefront of everything you achieve.

Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to -

  • Assist the Garden Centre Manager and deputise fully in their absence, including key holder responsibilities.
  • To help manage, motivate, and support a dedicated team of staff to ensure that sale opportunities and customers experiences are optimised.
  • Efficient and effective communications within the business to the Centre Manager and Directors.
  • Having a proactive approach in finding ways of improving the garden centre and motivating your staff.
  • Assisting, management and control of stock levels.
  • Understanding seasonal peaks and troughs
  • Implementing seasonal promotions and events
  • To create and achieve a sharp, neat, professional shop floor image of the highest standards using excellent visual merchandising skills.
  • Ensuring that the department adheres to all Health & Safety legislation.
  • To keep abreast of the latest trends and styles in garden centre retail, as well as being aware of competitor activity.
  • Assisting with the management of the EPOS system and other daily administrative tasks.
Key Skills:

As the Assistant Manager, you’ll need to be an experienced retailer with proven leadership qualities. Knowledge of plants and garden centre products are an advantage although not essential. The ideal candidate will be a strong communicator who can motivate the team to deliver with enthusiasm.

 What the position offers

  • A friendly, warm, and supportive work environment
  • 25% discount in the Garden Centre and restaurant
  • 31 days holiday (which includes the usual 8 Bank Holidays)

This is a full time, permanent position. The hours include working alternate weekends with a set day off each week.

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

To view more garden centre jobs, click Retail.

To apply for a position with horticruitment you will need to complete a candidate registration form, please see Candidate Registration.

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Thank you for the interest you have shown in this Assistant Manager  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 Assistant Manager vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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Part Time Gardener

Part Time Gardener required

An excellent opportunity has arisen for an experienced, enthusiastic and committed gardener to work as assistant to the incumbent Gardener on a part-time basis, with a view to grow into the lead role. The estate totals 25-acres and is based near Fareham in Hampshire, initially the candidate will be working three days per week which are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

The formal gardens which surround the main house consist of mixed herbaceous planting, roses, wall trained shrubs and climbers, mixed herbaceous and shrub borders, fruit trees, deciduous and coniferous mixed trees, clipped box hedging, various hedges, a lavender bed and recently planted specimen and coniferous trees. Extending into the wider estate, there is a lake of approximately 1-acre, extensive paddocks and fields, a vegetable patch consisting of three raised beds, approximately 2-acres of woodland, a small greenhouse and 8-acres of which are under vine. Alongside the incumbent gardener, the new part-time gardener will be expected to take pride in their work and maintain the gardens to a high standard.

Applicants will need to have proven gardening experience with a relevant horticultural qualification being beneficial. The successful candidate will possess a comprehensive knowledge of plants and the ability to maintain, improve and enhance a country house garden. In addition, they will be required to manage both the woodland area and the vegetable patch, with appropriate knowledge of pests and diseases. Tasks for this role include but are not limited to weeding, deadheading, trimming and provision of cut flowers for the house, care and management of herbaceous plants, shrubs, lawns, hedges, upholding health and safety regulations and recommendation of new garden projects.   

Previous experience and competency with a wide range of gardening machinery is a requirement for this position, with chainsaw and other certification being advantageous. A full, UK driving licence is essential for this role and proof of any machinery tickets held will need to be provided. Applicants will need to be self-motivated, organised and able to plan and prioritise their workload. The individual needs to be a ‘team player’, working as part of a small team as well as individually.  

SALARY:        £175 per day
LOCATION: Near Fareham, Hampshire
JOB No:          EC49684

If this Part Time Gardener vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Niall Anderson on 01233 733510 or info@englishcountrygardeners.co.uk.

To view more Gardening jobs click Gardening or to view Landscape jobs click Landscape.

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Thank you for the interest you have shown in this Part Time 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 Part Time Gardener vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

www.englishcountrygardeners.co.uk


Instructor / Technician - Grounds

Instructor / Technician - Grounds required

Job Ref ADV421

£18,825 - £21,708 (dependent upon qualifications and experience)

Contributing to the maintenance and upkeep of the college grounds across both sites, the post holder will also work closely with teaching staff to provide practical support, technical instruction and supervision of students training in horticulture with a focus on machinery and plant maintenance and establishment. The successful candidate will be qualified in a relevant subject area with a good practical working knowledge of horticulture and a sound understanding of health and safety procedures.

The working pattern for this role is 7.30 am – 4.30 pm Monday to Thursday and 7.30 am – 4.00 pm on Friday.

This post is based at the Sparsholt campus.

Closing Date:  29 September 2022

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

College Benefits

  • Eligibility to join the Local Government Pension Scheme (a defined benefit pension scheme)
  • Death Benefit grant of 3 x salary if in the pension scheme
  • Free on-site parking
  • Occupational Sick Pay Scheme
  • Occupational Maternity Pay Scheme
  • Flexible Working Policy
  • Holiday entitlement of 22/23 days (rising to 25 days after 5 years’ service) plus Public and Bank Holidays along with college closure days at Xmas.
  • Ability to Purchase Additional Annual Leave via a salary sacrifice arrangement
  • Access to an employee assistance scheme
  • Free Library membership
  • On-site gym at the Sparsholt campus (membership £100 per annum)
  • Facility to purchase Sparsholt produce including: plants, fruit & vegetables, fish and game.
  • Ability to access a range of CPD events and support with undertaking professional qualifications
  • Various food outlets and eateries offering good value food and drink at competitive prices

There is a nursery on the Sparsholt campus operated by a commercial provider

Application packs are available from:

24 hour recruitment line: 01962 797309

www.sparsholt.ac.uk

HR@sparsholt.ac.uk


Gardener

Gardener required

Job ref: ADV418

Gardener position in Hampshire to work as part of a small Team

Private Country Estate - Historic Grade I listed building, Grade II listed gardens

Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm

Up to £24,000 DOE annual salary depending on experience and qualifications

We support further education, so could be flexible with days of work

Motivated and enthusiastic, capable of working on their own and alongside a small maintenance team. Creative and hard working

Ideal candidate will have a background in Horticulture with equivalent qualifications and strong references.

Estate is Organic and we believe in regenerative and sustainable practices.

Duties include-
  • General Gardening/care of formal gardens
  • Plant research/planning
  • Houseplants/ orchids
  • Kitchen Garden, planning, planting, propagating, growing, cut flower garden,  Greenhouse maintenance
  • Orchard/tree care, protection, planting of new/encouraging saplings
  • General Estate work - willingness to help out when needed (especially during the winter months when less formal garden/ veg garden work)
  • Wildflower meadows

Assisting with various other duties when asked by Owners/Estate Manager e.g. care of animals (dogs, cats, chickens, alpaca, sheep), flower cutting/ arranging for house parties.

This private advert is being managed directly by the employer. horticruitment are not involved in the hiring process and are therefore unable to share any additional information on this role. If you have any questions regarding this position, the best course of action is to apply for the job which will open a line of communication with the employer.


Skilled Gardener

Skilled Gardener required

Job Ref ADV396

A.S Gardens Ltd was founded 15 years ago with the aim of providing excellence in gardening skills for all of their clients.  It seeks to lead the way in estate and garden management.

This rapidly expanding company is looking for a new full-time team member.  As part of this fantastic team you will be responsible for creating and maintaining beautiful, large estates and gardens for high net-worth clients across Hampshire, West Sussex and Surrey.  Loyalty, reliability and having professional proactive approach are essential skills needed to join the team.

To be a part of this successful team you will have good communication and customer service skills, positive attitude, be self-motivated and with high attention to detail. It is important that you are reliable, punctual and well-presented.

You will be working closely with the business owner and with garden designers to create and maintain existing gardens.

Essential Skills:

- A passion for plants and horticulture

- A current full UK clean driving licence for a manual vehicle (over 25 preferred)

-Significant practical experience (2 years or more) in horticulture

-Ability to understand the approach needed to be part of a motivated team as well as the ability to manage your own tasks

- Experience with machinery/equipment use including tractors, trailers, chippers, hedge cutters and pedestrian mowers

-Good written and verbal communication skills.

-Ability to communicate in a clear and polite manner with colleagues and clients

-To work outdoors at all times of the year in all weather conditions and have good physical fitness

-To understand work requirements and work to deadlines.

- Due to the rural locations of our clients, own transport is essential.

This exciting opportunity comes with an attractive hourly rate, all PPE, equipment, and workwear provided and continuous professional development (CPD).  The work is varied, interesting and highly appreciated by our clients, who are invested in their gardens.

www.asgardens.uk

This private advert is being managed directly by the employer. horticruitment are not involved in the hiring process and are therefore unable to share any additional information on this role. If you have any questions regarding this position, the best course of action is to apply for the job which will open a line of communication with the employer.

 


Horticulture Instructor

Horticulture Instructor required

Job Ref - ADV388

£19,920 - £23,661 (dependent upon qualifications and experience)

Working with teaching and learning staff, the post holder will provide practical support, instruction, training and supervision to students across a range of courses both on an individual and group basis, ensuring provision is learner focused, ensures academic excellence, high quality learning and an outstanding student experience which reflects the principles of the personalised curriculum and contributes to the achievement of the College’s strategic and development plans. The successful candidate will be qualified in a relevant subject area with a good practical working knowledge of horticulture and a sound understanding of health and safety procedures.

This post is based at the Sparsholt campus.

Closing Date:  25 April 2022

College Benefits

·       Eligibility to join the Local Government Pension Scheme (a defined benefit pension scheme)

·       Death Benefit grant of 3 x salary if in the pension scheme

·       Free on-site parking

·       Occupational Sick Pay Scheme

·       Occupational Maternity Pay Scheme

·       Flexible Working Policy

·       Holiday entitlement of 23 days (rising to 25 days after 5 years’ service) plus Public and Bank Holidays along with college closure days at Xmas.

·       Access to an employee assistance scheme

·       Free Library membership

·       On-site gym at the Sparsholt campus (membership £100 per annum)

·       Gym classes at the Sparsholt campus

·       Facility to purchase Sparsholt produce including: plants, fruit & vegetables, fish and game.

·       Access to discounted hair treatments at the Andover campus

·       Ability to access a range of CPD events and support with undertaking professional qualifications

·       Various food outlets and eateries offering good value food and drink at competitive prices

There is a nursery on the Sparsholt campus operated by a commercial provider

www.sparsholt.ac.uk/college/jobs/