Landscape Gardener

Landscape Gardener required

Job Ref C434

My client is a family run business with over 40 years combined experience working on both commercial and domestic projects. Offering their clients a complete landscaping service from an initial consultation with their professional planting consultant to garden design, build and ongoing aftercare of the open spaces. As a company they relish the challenges the industry demands and make a point of utilising the wealth of experience their highly skilled design team and horticultural workforce to provide their customers with the landscaping solutions they need. They are a progressive company that strives for excellence in all aspects of their work, to ensure complete client satisfaction. They have a real passion for their work, and it always shows in the end product. They are now looking for an experienced and knowledgeable Landscape Gardener to join the team and assist in the companies ever growing success.

Job Description:

As a Landscape Gardener, you will be expected to be practical, adaptable, and skilled in the application of planting and horticulture and ideally hole some hard landscaping experience. The gardens within the client’s portfolio do require expert care, therefore strong plantsman knowledge with high attention to detail is key. The successful candidate will be involved in a range of landscaping activities which will include:

  • Garden landscaping
    • Installing seasonal planting schemes, flowerbeds, and borders
    • Garden clearance
    • Installing turf or re-turfing existing gardens
    • Monitoring of irrigation systems & water features
  • Garden maintenance
    • Lawn care, strimming, and hedge trimming
    • Seasonal cutbacks
    • Hedge cutting
    • Pruning
    • Pest and disease control
Key Responsibilities

Our client is looking for a friendly, motivated, and reliable candidate to become part of the Landscaping department and contribute to the quality of the service they provide and professionally represent the company. Applicants should have comprehensive hands-on experience in garden care and maintenance and an ability to carry out the finer aspects of horticulture, as well as the more physically demanding tasks. The suitable candidate will have prior experience working within the landscaping environment.

  • 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 maintenance 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 a strong horticultural knowledge and plant base, horticultural qualification(s) would be an advantage but not essential. 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 more responsibility.

The ideal candidate will hold:

  • A full UK manual driving licence is required (Maximum of 3 points)
  • CSCS Card (desirable)
  • Excellent plant knowledge
  • Experience working within a similar environment
  • Experience using a range of machinery

PA1/PA6a, and Chainsaw certificates are desirable, but not essential.

The Landscape team are required to travel to each client on a daily basis. This could involve numerous journeys each day or to be located at a fixed site for a period of time.

The role will be working Monday to Friday 7am – 4pm.

If this Landscape Gardener vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Sophie Sharpe on 01233 732767 or info@englishcountrygardeners.co.uk.

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

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Head Gardener

We seek applications from experienced professional gardeners for the position of Head Gardener on a country estate in Somerset.

Within the estate there are approximately 3 acres of formal gardens surrounding the grade II listed manor house. The gardens command far reaching views of the Somerset countryside and consist of lawns, herbaceous borders, rose beds, terraces, shrubberies and a vegetable garden which includes an area of soft fruit and fruit trees. There is also yew hedging plus many mature trees as well a swimming pool and tennis court. The gardens also boast a spectacular display of daffodils in the spring.

As Head Gardener you will be responsible for supervising 1 other gardener, and together ensuring that the gardens and grounds are maintained to a consistently high standard throughout the year. Candidates must have a high level horticultural knowledge combined with excellent practical skills, be able to plan and prepare both short and long term maintenance and planting schedules, as well as delegate duties, and manage outside contractors as and when required. You should be familiar with the safe use and routine maintenance of typical gardening equipment.

It may also be necessary to do some occasional local driving in the evening, this would be prearranged and a fixed number agreed per year. (A driving licence is therefore essential).

There is 2 bed accommodation, with living room, bathroom and utility room, within a converted stable block available if required. Pets are welcome. A DBS check may be required.

SALARY         Circa £40K (depending on experience) + 2 Bedroom accommodation     
LOCATION:  Somerset
JOB No:          EC31473

If this 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 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 Head Gardener vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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Production Manager

Production Manager required

Job Ref G318

A busy online plant nursery based in the South West is looking to appoint an experienced commercial grower as its Production Manager on a full time and permanent basis.

The Production Manager will be part of the company’s management team, working closely with the directors and other line managers so a commercial approach to the business requirements of online plant nursery is necessary. This is not a passive role responding to instructions; the Production Manager is expected to take an active part, within the management group. This includes generating new ideas, having input into which are to be pursued and then helping execute whatever plan is decided upon.

The right candidate will need the following skills:

-Good experience and training in protected growing (polytunnels), soft (and top) fruit, hardy nursery stock.

-Management of horticultural crops from seed (sweet peas, cosmos, herbs), perennials and hardy’s.

-Experienced cuttings propagator.

-Experience and knowledge of growing potted plants and nursery stock.

-Ability and understanding of the importance of maintaining records on the growing operation.

-Prepared and able to train and supervise subordinate personnel in greenhouse operations and in the proper horticultural methods and techniques of growing.

Synchronised crop delivery and crop management is key, as is managing crop growing programmes. The successful candidate will have a scientific understanding of plant health and culture and experience of commercial nursery/growing. Constantly seeking to improve efficiencies, lower costs and improve quality new product recommendations.

Required: driving license, PA1 and PA6 Certified, professional horticultural experience as a commercial grower, horticultural certificates/education.

If this Production Manager vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Sara Yassin on 01233 732767 or sara@horticruitment.com.

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Experienced Gardener

A self-motivated and experienced gardener is sought after on a full time and permanent basis for a stunning private garden in Shepton Mallet, Somerset.

The 18th century estate located near the Mendips hills area of outstanding natural beauty is surrounded by a working farm and woodland. The gardens consist of about 4 acres of formal gardens, kitchen garden, water garden, woodland garden and cottage gardens. These include mixed and herbaceous terraced borders, potted plants, greenhouse and cold frames, 2 parterres, topiary, mature and young trees and extensive lawns. The kitchen garden provides the owners with fruit and vegetable throughout the year.

The owners are very passionate about their garden and are looking for an experienced and hands on gardener to work closely with them to maintain and manage the garden to a high horticultural standard as well as enhancing the garden when required. Responsibilities will include, but not limited to; propagation, weeding, vegetable and fruit growing, deadheading and specialist pruning. There are two groundsmen currently working on site focusing on the general maintenance such as the mowing, strimming and hedge cutting of the main garden as well as the gardens surrounding the tenanted cottages.

Applicants should ideally have level 3 horticultural qualification, combined with excellent plant and tree knowledge, excellent technical skills and previous experience working on private estates.  Experience in propagation as well as growing fruit and vegetables is required for the role. The garden is run organically, therefore a good understanding of organic principles, composting and leaf mulching knowledge is essential.

The successful applicant will need to be very organised, able to plan and prioritise workload and work to a high standard. He / She will be good at record keeping and keep a gardening diary. The gardener will be physically fit and should have a flexible attitude regarding the day structure and comfortable with dogs, chickens, horses and cattle. The ability to operate a range of garden machinery and good craft skills are also desirable for the role. A full UK driving licence is essential.

SALARY:        £30,000 - £40,000 DOE
LOCATION: Shepton Mallet, Somerset
JOB No:          EC26245

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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Experienced Gardener

A self-motivated and experienced gardener is sought after on a full time and permanent basis for a stunning private garden in Shepton Mallet, Somerset.

The 18th century estate located near the Mendips hills area of outstanding natural beauty is surrounded by a working farm and woodland. The gardens consist of about 4 acres of formal gardens, kitchen garden, water garden, woodland garden and cottage gardens. These include mixed and herbaceous terraced borders, potted plants, greenhouse and cold frames, 2 parterres, topiary, mature and young trees and extensive lawns. The kitchen garden provides the owners with fruit and vegetable throughout the year.

The owners are very passionate about their garden and are looking for an experienced and hands on gardener to work closely with them to maintain and manage the garden to a high horticultural standard as well as enhancing the garden when required. Responsibilities will include, but not limited to; propagation, weeding, vegetable and fruit growing, deadheading and specialist pruning. There are two groundsmen currently working on site focusing on the general maintenance such as the mowing, strimming and hedge cutting of the main garden as well as the gardens surrounding the tenanted cottages.

Applicants should ideally have level 3 horticultural qualification, combined with excellent plant and tree knowledge, excellent technical skills and previous experience working on private estates.  Experience in propagation as well as growing fruit and vegetables is required for the role. The garden is run organically, therefore a good understanding of organic principles, composting and leaf mulching knowledge is essential.

The successful applicant will need to be very organised, able to plan and prioritise workload and work to a high standard. He / She will be good at record keeping and keep a gardening diary. The gardener will be physically fit and should have a flexible attitude regarding the day structure and comfortable with dogs, chickens, horses and cattle. The ability to operate a range of garden machinery and good craft skills are also desirable for the role. A full UK driving licence is essential.

SALARY:        £26,000 - £30,000 DOE
LOCATION: Shepton Mallet, Somerset
JOB No:          EC21157

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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Head of Ornamental Gardens - EC10686

Our client has ancient woodland, historic gardens and far reaching views. It is a unique destination with a multitude of horticultural delights, interactive features and state of the art exhibitions. Visitors can take a tour of the gardens, deer park and cyder press, dine in the Garden Café and visit the various farm shops. The Story of Gardening brings horticultural history to life, with playful and sensory experiences for all ages. Expecting to attract some 150,000 visitors per year, the location is a vibrant and thriving attraction, animated throughout the seasons by special events, workshops and education programmes.

As Head of Ornamental Gardens, you’ll be following the footsteps of a garden that today are the result of the creative fusion of heritage and contemporary and is a place for innovation and creativity, a garden at the forefront of horticulture.

As Head of Ornamental Gardens, you’ll have a wide remit. You’ll look to develop and maintain the gardens and think about its future, ensuring the very highest standards of conservation, horticulture and visitor experience. A visionary, you’ll lead with passion and flair. You’ll motivate a team of eight, set the standards and keep the budget on track, too.

It’ll be down to you to engage visitors’ interest in the ornamental gardens, delivering a first-class visitor experience, as well as encouraging a culture of openness and involvement for all.

You’ll put your green fingers to use and get involved in the day-to-day upkeep of the gardens.

Candidate Profile

You will be a credible collaborator, bringing your enthusiasm and positivity every day, you’re a true team player and will use your leadership skills to motivate your team and hit your ambitious standards for conservation, horticulture and visitor experience. It goes without saying that you have a high level of horticultural knowledge and know-how – perhaps at a large garden or across a portfolio – supported by an appropriate qualification, have an artistic eye and at the very least an understanding of conservation of historic landscapes.

Exceptional communication skills are a must. You’ll be able to show us where you’ve organised garden activities to enhance visits and you’ll need to be comfortable with media requests. We’ll also need to see where you’ve had responsibility for budgets, finances and small projects.

Skills and Experience
  • An experienced leader – you should be accessible, highly visible and able to share your vision in a clear and compelling way.
  • A good knowledge of plants, their identification, propagation and cultivation.
  • First-hand experience of managing a successful and high-quality garden-based visitor attraction.
  • Experience and proven ability in the management of a team of 8 plus people.
  • Precise and well organised.
  • Hard-working and energetic, with excellent team skills and the ability to communicate at multiple levels.
  • Good IT skills for implementing efficient management systems and records are essential.
  • Appropriate and relevant academic qualifications.
  • Full and clean UK driving license.
  • Understanding of Health and Safety issues, including tree inspections.
  • An eye for detail and desire to achieve high standards.
  • Able to undertake work of a physical nature (including contact with plants and chemicals) and skilled in a range of practical skills for the care and presentation to a high standard of formal heritage gardens.
  • Good basic skills in the care and operation of garden machinery, hand tools /equipment.
  • Computer literate.

Terms and Conditions

  • Competitive remuneration package.
  • Professional development and training.
  • Workplace pension scheme available.
  • Employee benefits, including daily staff meals and discounts across the estate.
  • Normal hours: Flexible, typically working 5 days out of 7.
  • Annual Leave: 30 days p.a., including bank holidays.
  • Statutory Entitlements: All statutory entitlements, including workplace pension and SSP.

SALARY:       Circa £50,000 depending on experience

LOCATION:  Somerset

JOB No:          EC10686

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

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Head Gardener - EC4797 - This position has now been filled

A rare opportunity has arisen for a high-level hands-on Head Gardener to join an historic private estate in Somerset at a very exciting time in its development.  The 22-acre property retains its name from the original 12th century manor house although several significant changes have been observed in this time including the construction of the existing building in 1799.  Parts of the garden were designed by Swiss Landscape Designer Augusto Calonder and retain their open vistas and minimalist character to this day.  This provides somewhat of a blank canvas for the recently commissioned world-renowned Garden Designer, Arne Maynard, to view the space with a modern eye and to realise the full potential of this incredible site on behalf of the passionate and enthusiastic new owners.

Upon completion and implementation of the new design, a full-time Skilled Assistant Gardener will be recruited by the Head Gardener, however at this early stage of development the priority is to source the Head Gardener, such that they be involved with the project from phase one.  The Head Gardener will initially be tasked with managing the existing part-time garden staff with the maintenance of the gardens as they are, in their current form.  In accordance with the complexity of design, variety in horticulture and associated management requirements of the forthcoming garden, candidates for this role must be of the highest calibre to be considered for interview.

Suitable candidates will be academically qualified to at least RHS Level 3 and have extensive experience on horticulturally diverse private estates.  Experience in garden development and working with garden designers would be an advantage.  Candidates must have experience in kitchen gardening, plant propagation and glasshouse work, as well as competence in the operation and basic maintenance of a range of garden machinery. 

Many aspects of the new garden design will consider the social focus of the house and its owners.  Visiting friends and family as well as work gatherings will positively influence the design by way of dedicated and varied entertainment areas for visitors, with an associated consideration for high quality fresh food produce, all of which will be grown on site.  The garden currently comprises expansive areas of lawn, two walled gardens (containing fruit, vegetables and cutting flowers), a glasshouse, finely pruned hornbeam and yew hedging, an orchard, herbaceous beds and borders, ponds and water features with young and mature specimen trees.  A river runs through the property, with waterside planting and mature wooded areas which will become a substantial and picturesque backdrop to the view from the house as well as a valuable natural habitat for wildlife and freshwater ecology.  The estate is surrounded by meadows and pasture, with this aspect of the property likely to significantly increase in acreage in the coming years.

Some garden areas will be extensively and dramatically re-designed which will ensure plenty to stretch and satisfy a very experienced gardener.  The vision will include formal and informal areas throughout the property, with several features of the gardens being subject to change due to the early stage of the project though will include features and areas as follows: herbaceous beds/borders, roses, shrub areas, wall-trained fruit trees, topiary and shaped hedges, courtyard gardens with planting in chippings and pots, knot/parterre gardens, terraces, a sunken croquet lawn, a formal summer house, pollarded and natural ornamental tree walks/avenues, cloud-pruned hedges and shrubs, a French or Italian courtyard with areas dedicated to scent and colour and a wonderful garden area of loose shrubs and masses of snowdrops, collections of rare ferns and spring bulbs; akin in overall feel to a Victorian fernery.  An existing walled garden will continue to be a very important area to the owners.  The main walled garden is already well established but will undergo alteration as part of the new initiative and will become a centre point for entertaining. 

The wider estate gardens will see woodland development and extensive planting of young trees.  Spring bulbs and ephemerals, orchards, wildflower areas, river-edge planting as well as pond and wetland planting will be included in the new plan.  Some existing trees will be transplanted rather than removed which will necessitate the assistance of specialist contractors in some instances.  Various new garden structures are proposed with several areas of hard landscaping aimed at creating garden spaces for entertaining and new areas to be explored and enjoyed.  A wonderful channelled river with a weir presents an incredible feature as viewed from the house, the development of which involving the addition of planting on the stream and woodland edge may see a ‘grotto’ or folly/seat with planting of rare and interesting plant species.  A remarkable well can also be found on site and will be restored and altered to enable its new and exciting function as a dipping pool.

The new design will include extensive planting of trees and creation of natural habitats throughout the property, with new ‘playgrounds’ established within the woodland for children and adults alike to explore.  Although no livestock is present on the estate currently, the development of Oakland pasture would enable sheep to graze on grass along the stately driveway towards the main house, with traditional parkland tree planting maintaining the historic feel of the estate upon entry.

This extensive, unique and dramatic project exemplifies the energy and passion that the new owners have for their garden, as well as that which Arne Maynard and his team have for the estate.  This role provides a fantastic opportunity for a qualified, imaginative and physically fit horticulturist to join the estate in the very early stages of its historic development, as well as an opportunity for the successful candidate to grow alongside this stunning and unique garden.

SALARY:       Circa £45,000 - £50,000 DOE
LOCATION:  Somerset
JOB No:          EC4797

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

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

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Skilled Assistant Gardener - Live Out - EC4516

Skilled Assistant Gardener required

A rare opportunity has arisen for a talented gardener to join an historic private estate in Somerset at a very exciting time in its development.  The 22-acre property retains its name from the original 12th century manor house although several significant changes have been observed in this time including the construction of the existing building in 1799.  Parts of the garden were designed by Swiss Landscape Designer Augusto Calonder and retain their open vistas and minimalist character to this day, which in turn provides somewhat of a blank canvas for the recently commissioned world-renowned Garden Designer, Arne Maynard, to view the space with a modern eye and to realise the full potential of this incredible site on behalf of the passionate and enthusiastic new owners.

Upon completion and implementation of the new design, a Head Gardener and a full-time Skilled Assistant Gardener will be required on a full-time basis.  With the garden design in its conception phase at present however, the estate currently only requires one full-time Skilled Gardener to assist existing part-time staff in the management and maintenance of the gardens as they are, in their current state.  The successful candidate may eventually support the future Head Gardener, or, dependent on the successful applicant’s level of skill and knowledge, may develop into the Head Gardener role themselves.   In accordance with the complexity of design, variety in horticulture and associated management requirements of the forthcoming garden, both the Head and Assistant Gardeners must be of the highest calibre to be considered for interview.

Applicants for the Skilled Assistant Gardener role should be academically qualified, ideally to RHS Level 3 or above and/or have extensive experience on horticulturally diverse private estates.  Candidates must have experience in kitchen gardening, plant propagation and glasshouse work, as well as competence in the operation and basic maintenance of a range of garden machinery.  As no accommodation is available for the Skilled Assistant Gardener, applicants will need to live within commuting distance of the rural property and will therefore require a full driving licence for the purpose of travelling to and from work. 

Many aspects of the new design will consider the social focus of the house and its owners.  Visiting friends and family as well as work gatherings will positively influence the design by way of dedicated and varied entertainment areas for visitors, with an associated consideration for high quality fresh food produce, all of which will be grown on site.

The garden currently comprises expansive areas of lawn, two walled gardens (containing fruit, vegetables and cutting flowers), a glasshouse, finely pruned hornbeam and yew hedging, an orchard, herbaceous beds and borders, ponds and water features with young and mature specimen trees.  A river runs through the property, with waterside planting and mature wooded areas, which will become a substantial and picturesque backdrop to the view from the house as well as a valuable natural habitat for wildlife and freshwater ecology.  The estate is surrounded by meadows and pasture, with this aspect of the property likely to significantly increase in acreage in the coming years.

Some garden areas will be extensively and dramatically re-designed which will ensure plenty to stretch and satisfy a very experienced gardener.  The vision will include formal and informal areas throughout the property, with several features of the gardens being subject to change due to the early stage of the project, though will include features and areas as follows: herbaceous beds/borders, roses, shrub areas, wall-trained fruit trees, topiary and shaped hedges, courtyard gardens with planting in chippings and pots, knot/parterre gardens, terraces, a sunken croquet lawn, a formal summer house, pollarded and natural ornamental tree walks, cloud-pruned hedges and shrubs, a French or Italian courtyard with areas dedicated to scent and colour and a wonderful garden area of loose shrubs and masses of snowdrops, collections of rare ferns and spring bulbs; akin in overall feel to a Victorian fernery.  An existing walled garden will continue to be a very important area to the owners.  The main walled garden is already well established but will undergo alteration as part of the new initiative and will become a centre point for entertaining. 

The wider estate gardens will see woodland development and extensive planting of young trees.  Spring bulbs and ephemerals, orchards, wildflower areas, river-edge planting as well as pond and wetland planting will be included in the new plan.  Some existing trees will be transplanted rather than removed, which will necessitate the assistance of specialist contractors in some instances.  Various new garden structures are proposed with several areas of hard landscaping aimed at creating garden spaces for entertaining and new areas to be explored and enjoyed.  A wonderful channelled river with a weir presents an incredible feature as viewed from the house, the development of which involving the addition of planting on the stream and woodland edge may see a ‘grotto’ or folly/seat with planting of rare and interesting plant species.  A remarkable well can also be found on site and will be restored and altered to enable its new and exciting function as a dipping pool.

The new design will include extensive planting of trees and creation of natural habitats throughout the property, with new ‘playgrounds’ established within the woodland for children and adults alike to explore.  Although no livestock is present on the estate currently, the development of oakland pasture would enable sheep to graze on grass along the long and stately driveway towards the main house, with traditional parkland tree planting maintaining the historic feel of the estate upon entry.

This extensive, unique and dramatic project exemplifies the energy and passion that the new owners have for their garden, as well as that which Arne Maynard and his team have for the estate.  This role of Skilled Assistant Gardener provides a fantastic opportunity for a qualified, imaginative and physically fit horticulturist to join the estate in the very early stages of its historic development, as well as an opportunity for the successful candidate to grow alongside this stunning and unique garden.

SALARY:       Circa £28,000 DOE
LOCATION:  Somerset
JOB No:          EC4516

If this Skilled Assistant Gardener vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Mark Read 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 Skilled Assistant 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 Assistant Gardener vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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Plantarea Manager - J597

Are you interested to join one of the leading companies in Horticulture who have continued to inspire and to provide the very best horticultural products and services?  They empower their customers by providing them with great ideas, information and quality products.  An exciting opportunity exists for an experienced Plantarea Manager who will lead and promote the highest standards of customer care. 

Do you possess strong commercial agility to maximise and drive the plantarea performance and profitability?

Do you take pride in leading and inspiring your team?

Key points
  • Take full responsibility for managing the day to day garden plant department
  • Assisting in the management of budgets and analysing weekly sales performance
  • Being at the forefront of ordering products as per seasonal requirements
  • Merchandising to maximise sales opportunities, promoting stock in key areas
  • To lead and promote the highest standards of customer care
Must haves
  • Sound knowledge of plants with the ability to share and coach the team
  • Ability to use good judgement and discretion at all times
  • Competent in ensuring exceptional operational and commercial standards
  • Strong communication skills to deal with colleagues at all levels

If this Plantarea Manager vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Pauline Thomas on 01233 732767 or pauline@horticruitment.com.

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Head Kitchen Gardener - Live Out - EC7904

Head Kitchen Gardener required

A rare and exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced and hands-on ‘Head of Productive Gardens’ in Somerset, for an exclusive privately-owned historic estate that opens to the public throughout the year.  Visitor attractions include garden tours, cider making, a farm shop, hotel and spa, café and estate walks, with additional attractions being added currently to this varied and unique estate.

A Head of Productive Gardens is sought following the departure of the recent postholder after 3-years’ commitment to the role.  Very much a hands-on position, the new postholder will be responsible for productive growing operations across multiple areas including the main public kitchen garden, hotel kitchen garden, market garden, mushroom house and several greenhouses.  Applicants for this position should be accomplished, expert growers having successfully run a similar scale of productive garden or commercial growing enterprise.  Applicants will ideally have first-hand experience of the above in a busy public garden, will enjoy engaging enthusiastically with garden visitors and guests, and will be happy to lead tours, workshops, talks and events.  The estate and component parts of the complex aim to practice horticulture to the highest standard, with the productive garden being central to this objective.

The productive gardens team work closely alongside the hotel and Garden Café chefs to supply fresh seasonal produce to all the food outlets on the estate, as well as the Farm Shop, focussing on high quality as well as the interesting, unusual or locally relevant produce.  Reporting to the Director of Horticulture, the Head of Productive Gardens is responsible for a small team (4-6) of permanent gardeners as well as part-time pickers/harvesters and interns.

Applicants for this position should have the following skills and experience:

  • First-hand experience of managing a successful productive garden at a high level.
  • Experience and proven ability in the management of a team of up to 10 people.
  • Broad-ranging horticultural expertise with evidence of appropriate academic qualifications.
  • Thorough, precise and well organised.
  • An eagerness to provide the highest level of visitor experience.
  • The candidate will be a hands-on, hard-working, energetic person with excellent team working skills and the ability to communicate across all levels and to adapt their style to meet individual needs.
  • Act as an ambassador and expert to external audiences, i.e. the media and visitors to the estate.
  • Adequate IT skills for implementing efficient management systems and records are an essential requisite.
  • Full and clean UK driving license.

This is a full-time permanent role with a salary in line with experience and a workplace pension offered.  Hours of work are flexible, though typically will include five days out of seven.  Holiday entitlement is offered at 30-days per annum including Bank Holidays.  Professional membership and reasonable professional development and training costs will be covered by the employer.

This is a rare and varied opportunity to join a beautiful estate and to benefit from the reward of playing a key role in its development going forward. 

SALARY:         Circa £35,000 DOE
LOCATION:    Somerset
JOB No:          EC7904

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

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