Garden and Landscape Design Assistant

Garden and Landscape Design Assistant required

Job Ref: ADV488

We are currently recruiting for a Garden and Landscape Design Assistant to join our expanding gardening team at Hand Picked Hotels this will based from our office in Sevenoaks in Kent however will require extensive travel across all our hotels.

About the role:
  • Reporting to the Lead Designer of Hotel Landscape and Gardens, and liaising with the Head of Gardens at Hand Picked Hotels.
  • This role will cover all our 21 hotels in the UK including the Channel Islands and will involve travel and overnight stays in our hotels as required, it will be based from our office in Sevenoaks with hybrid working.
  • As Garden and Landscape Design Assistant your role will be responsible for following through on design changes within the hotel group reporting to the Lead Designer of Hotel Landscapes and Gardens.
  • To support the lead designer in the development of new designs across the  group from conception to completion.
  •  To assist with costing and achievability evaluation of immediate design changes, in liaison with the Regional General Managers and Head of Gardens.
  • To assist the Lead in-house designer with the design, detailing and costing of hotel garden designs across the group.
  • To produce CAD/Vectorworks planting plans, construction detailing, working drawings and work schedules.
  • Reporting to the lead Garden Designer to project manage major new garden changes and designs, liaising with the contractor and hotel gardening team.
  • To monitor progress in design implementation and report back to the Lead Garden Designer, maintaining detailed ongoing schedule of costs.
  • You will be expected to visit each hotel a minimum 6 x a year to audit changes and view potential new changes.
About you:
  •  Ability to work within a strict process led business structure of a leading hotel company.
  • Be able to demonstrate an excellent knowledge of sustainable garden practices.
  • It is essential you have a passion for gardens and landscape.
  • Have strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent CAD/Vectorworks training and creative garden design skills.
  • Proven track record of managing and monitoring landscape and garden contractors.
  • Excellent horticultural knowledge.
  • Experience with irrigation, lighting, AV and smart garden infrastructure would be advantageous.
  • Experience with historic landscapes an advantage.
  • Established trade relationships with suppliers preferred but not essential.
  •  Flexible approach to work, highly motivated, passionate and a team player.
  • Willing to travel on a weekly basis as required.
Our Benefits include:
  • A competitive salary package, travel expenses paid, overnight accommodation and meals provided when away on business.
  • Company pension scheme with a generous employer contribution.
  • Employee Assistance Program to support you with whatever life throws at you.
  • Employee Assistance Program.
  • Company Sickness Scheme Benefit.
  • 28 days holiday per year including bank holidays, increasing to 33 days including bank holidays with length of service.
  • Forward career progression, with access to our In House and external training programs, including apprenticeships and other recognised hospitality industry courses which are all supported by our training and development team.
  • £30 staff stays with Hand Picked Hotels per room Bed & Breakfast & 25% discount on all food & drink. Yes, it’s as good as it sounds!Annual loyalty awards (like afternoon teas and overnight stays)Online retail discount platform offering thousands of savings with high street retailers and restaurants as well as a health and well-being platform.
  • Opportunity to make lifelong friendships and be part of a team that celebrates Diversity and Inclusion.

Please note part of the interview process will involve numerical, verbal and personality testing.

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.

If you would like more information regarding horticultural qualifications and colleges, see our Career advice.

If you would like more information on the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) please click here and the Association Professional Landscapers please click here

Landscape Gardener

Landscape Gardener required

Job Ref ADV455

This is a opportunity for candidates to show their talent in a friendly and supportive environment on a long-term permanent basis. Applicants for this opportunity must be vibrant and enthusiastic with a genuine passion for plants and delivering excellent customer service.  Opportunity for an ambitious Assistant Gardener to expand your knowledge with a small company based near Chelmsford. Jobs are delivered in different locations in Essex, Herts, Suffolk, Norfolk.  We have won Gold for our in town floral display summer displays for  RHS Britain in Bloom competitions.

We are now looking to recruit an enthusiastic, hard-working person to join our team that deal with private community estates , local authorities, cemeteries , schools and private clients.

Job Description

This is an opportunity to expand in the horticultural industry which the duties are :

  • Grass cutting,
  • Hedge cutting,
  • Shrub maintenance,
  • Flower bed maintenance including fertilising,
  • weeding,
  • watering and mulching
  • Planting of seasonal plants,
  • perennials and trees.
  • Nursery planting in our garden nursery, including seasonal plants, hanging baskets, herbaceous help from time to time.
  • Gritting and snow management
  • Dividing and Splitting plantsturf laying
  • fencing

Machinery  is now converted battery compared to petrol . This has enhanced out environment credentials and quieter working and lowered a carbon footprint. You be asked to keep your batteries charged .

This is a full-time role working an average of 40 hours per week over the year. You will be required to be available for weekend working on a rota basis.

Qualifications to have ideally  :

  • Strong horticultural knowledge,
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Strong numerical and IT skills
  • RHS qualifications beneficial but not essential.
  • Good grade in English & Maths
  • City & Guilds training is offered in works training scheme.
  • Experience of working in landscaping / gardening would be ideal , but will be trained.
  • Hold current PA1 & PA6 AW chemical licenses, but not essential
  • Clean driver’s license required
  • Tree Surgery experience is beneficial but not essential.
  • Training at local college is offered

Have a friendly and approachable manner with integrity, loyalty and have a teamwork ethos. Working on your own at times and as a team in other projects.

Experience in any of the following areas, we would like to hear from you.

  • Nursery Manager
  • Nursery Supervisor
  • Nursery Team Leader

Be flexible, extremely motivated and have a can do attitude.

Work well under pressure and meet deadlines and targets.

We are an equal opportunity employer with sex, race etc. We may need to have a CRB check for our schools we maintain.

Benefits :

  • Company Vehicle
  • Personal Tools
  • City & Guilds training
  • 28 Days annual leave (inc public holidays)
  • Ongoing training and Development
  • Pension Scheme

If you would like more information regarding horticultural qualifications and colleges, see our Career advice.

If you would like more information on the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) please click here and the Association Professional Landscapers please click here

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.

Grounds Maintenance Operative

Grounds Maintenance Operative

Job Ref ADV453

Career opportunities available at Ambassador Services Limited for a Grounds Maintenance Operative and a Grounds Maintenance Team Leader

The Job

Full time, Permanent Roles

40 Hours per week

Monday to Friday but have weekend availability for overtimeJobs involve early mornings so must be capable of early starts. Working outdoorsKeen to learn, be honest, hardworking, reliable and trustworthy. Be physically strong & fit. As a gardener you will be required to use machinery and tools such as lawn mowers, trimmers and hedge cutters. Your main duties will involve lawn mowing, strimming, digging, raking, litter and debris clearing, edging, seed sowing, bed preparation and planting.Additional experience with aspects of hard landscaping and fencing works desirable.

The Ideal Candidate

Previous gardening experience is desirable, but not essential.

Ability to use various horticultural machinery and powered hand tools, preferred but not essential as full training will be provided

A full UK driver’s licence is essential.

Be willing to work all year round in all weathers.

Ability to remain on your feet for long periods of time.

Ability to work well as a part of a team.

What you'll get in return

Competitive hourly pay rate, according to experience

Opportunity for professional career development and training.

Areas of work: Essex, London, South East England

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.

If you would like more information regarding horticultural qualifications and colleges, see our Career advice.

If you would like more information on the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) please click here and the Association Professional Landscapers please click here

Part Time Experienced Gardener

Part Time Experienced Gardener required

Job Ref : ADV414

An exciting opportunity has become available for an experienced gardener to join a dedicated team at a private estate in Surrey.

The 12 acre gardens consisting of formal lawns, mixed borders, alpine rockery, sub tropical garden, orchards, ponds, woodland and kitchen garden are currently undergoing extensive renovations. The successful applicant would be required to carry out all aspects of gardening and use a wide range of machinery and tools. Qualifications are not essentials but proven experience in a similar role (plus spraying certificates) would be advantageous.

Applicants should be physically fit, confident with working at height and have a positive attitude. A full clean uk driving licence is essential.

The hours of work for this part time position are currently 8am - 4.15pm three days a week, with the potential to become full time in the future.

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.

Experienced Hard Landscaper

Experienced Hard Landscaper required

Job Ref ADV409

Grove Gardens are currently looking for an experienced skilled hard landscaper to join our small team.

We are an established landscape gardening business based in Brighton and Hove, who over the past 20 years we have established an excellent reputation for our workmanship and detailing.

The successful candidate will need to have at least 8 years experience and be proficient in all hard landscaping disciplines required for high end gardens, including setting out from plans, laying natural stone and porcelain paving, drainage, brickwork, timber-work, walling, as well as the ground works required.

The right candidate must be able to work independently on larger projects but also experienced in running smaller jobs. After a successful trial period, a company van will be provided.

You would also need the following.

Competence in digger driving.A keen eye for detail.Strong communication skills with customers and team.The ability to self-motivate and the desire to work within a team.Strong literacy and numeracy skills.You will also need to demonstrate very high standards of workmanship.A full driving licence is essential

Hours Average - Mon - Fri 8am -5pm

Excellent rates of pay depending on experience. £32K - £37K

You will also be enrolled in the government Pension scheme.

If you think you might be right for the job please send your CV to our e-mail address with a covering letter.

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent 


Horticultural Services Manager

Job Title:           Horticultural Services Manager

Job Ref: ADV404

Salary:                £27,000 - £29,000 PA (Pro rata)

Hours:                3 days per week Monday to Friday, 8.00am – 5.00pm, with occasional weekend work as business needs require

Contract:            Permanent subject to a 3 month probation)

Location:            Offices: Acton, Hounslow London.

However, day to day work will be undertaken at sites across West London, or as business requires.  These sites may include, but are not limited to private, community-based or public spaces

Reporting to:     CEO

Cultivate London (CL) is a London-based charity and social enterprise, that uses horticultural activities to support and enhance local communities in London. Our activities comprise:

1. Commercial Gardening Services: for commercial clients, property developers and local authorities in London. Income generated through our commercial activities is ploughed back into supporting our charitable work.

2. Community Gardening: CL has created community growing spaces in Ealing, Hounslow, Richmond (Kew Gardens), Southall and Battersea.

We have three main objectives:

•        To create and maintain enjoyable & sustainable green space for the local community to improve the well being of all

•        To give opportunity to learn, train & work to young people and local residents and ultimately help them into sustained employment or education

•        To generate appreciation and engagement in green space and its preservation to improve the physical environment and social cohesion of local communities

Visit for more information.

Job Description:

A great opportunity to use your skills and experience in gardening, landscaping and growing to help increase Cultivate London’s offer to both commercial and community clients. You will oversee efficient operation of CL’s garden maintenance and landscaping services on a commercial and community level as well as expand the service by seeking out new business and opportunities.  This role is for a motivated, energetic person focused on achieving set targets with the ability to think creatively and inspire others.

Contract Deliverables

The main roles of the job:

1.       Carry out maintenance tasks and upkeep of a wide range of green areas and growing spaces, including the use of powered, non-powered tools & equipment, the application of pesticides / herbicides in line with good operational practice

2.       Liaise with clients and provide excellent customer service

3.       Produce competitive estimates and quotations for landscape and garden maintenance work

4.       Look for all opportunities to expand the client portfolio and up-sell within existing contracts

5.       Maintain accurate records

6.       Set an excellent example, supervise and deliver on-the-job coaching for Apprentice gardeners and work experience trainees to develop their horticultural skills and knowledge

7.       Review and provide feedback on the performance of jr staff and work experience trainees

8.       Attend team and supervision meetings as requested

9.       Ensure that all vehicles, machinery, tools and equipment are kept clean, safe, safe, secure and in a serviceable condition at all times

10.   Provide tool box talks to the relevant personnel

11.   Be responsible for the maintenance of personal health and safety and development of best practice, as well as that of our clients and fellow staff, as required by law

12.   Work as part of the CL team and carry out cover for other staff as and when required

13.   Undertake any other duties and training that may reasonably be required by Cultivate London

As this post involved working with children, young people and vulnerable adults appointment will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosures and Barring Service check

Personal Specification


1.       A passion for gardening and plants, and strong knowledge of both

2.       Proven experience of landscaping and horticultural work with a sound knowledge of horticultural procedures and processes

3.       The ability to carry out a full range of horticultural operations to a high standard across various sites

4.       A horticultural qualification at Level 3 or above and or significant gardening experience

5.       CSCS (supervisor level) & SSSTs qualified

6.       An ability to produce, read and accurately interpret planting plans and garden design instructions

7.       Demonstrable knowledge of workplace health, safety and welfare practice and requirements

8.       Full clean UK driving licence

9.       Ability to work effectively as part of the CL team and on your own

10.   Supervisory and management skills and experience with an ability to supervise and coach inexperienced team member

11.   Willingness to work outside of normal working hours including weekends, as agreed in advance with CL

12.   The ability to produce and maintain accurate & legible records as required

13.   Competent in the production and use of spreadsheets and word documents

14.   Trustworthy, dependable, motivated, a good time keeper and communicator


1.       Experience of growing food crops and nursery production ornamental stock

2.       Experience in completing hard landscaping and garden construction

3.       Experience of working with community projects, volunteer groups or vulnerable people

4.       CSCS (supervisor level) & SSSTs qualified

5.       Level 3 Award in Education and Training

6.       PA1 & PA6 qualification

7.       CS30/31 chainsaw qualifications

To apply please contact Auberon Bayley via e-mail:

Enquiries may also be made by calling Auberon directly: 07495 183669

Closing date Friday 8th of July 2022


Gardener required

Job Ref ADV403

40 hours per week.

Salary, dependent upon experience and negotiation £26,000 to £28,000 pa plus benefits.

BGM Services at Benenden School

Have you always wanted to use your experience as a Gardener / Groundsperson in a role where you can truly make a difference every day?

If so, we would love to hear from you!

We have a vacancy for a Gardener to join our friendly team based at Benenden School.

The Role

Working at Benenden School requires a level of care and respect not found in a generic job. We provide the School with a service that allows pupils, teachers and visitors to enjoy and make use of the 300 acres situated in a beautiful part of Kent.

As part of our busy site team, you will work closely with the Head of Grounds and Gardens on the plan for the gardens at this site. You will also be able to use your creativity to shape this plan.

You will be responsible for all gardening and grounds maintenance activity including:

· Seasonal gardening and grounds maintenance including pruning and planting schemes and general garden maintenance of both the  formal garden areas and Senior staff gardens. weeding,

There is the opportunity for personal development and training on areas that you need to be upskilled in or have an interest in.

This role requires flexibility and pulling together as one team to support each other and provide the exceptional care and service that we are known for.

Wherever the day takes you, your attention to detail will make sure we get it right – which is so important to what we do.

About you

Previous experience in a role as a Gardener, Groundsperson, Grounds Maintenance, horticulture.

Organised with excellent attention to detail.

You will need to hold a full driving licence to be able to operate some of the machinery we use (e.g. site transportation)

About BGM Services

BGM Services have been managing and maintaining the grounds of schools and other educational establishments for over 30 years. We currently have 17 locations across south-east England with plans to continue growing responsibly.

We have established a reputation for creating beautifully landscaped, high quality and practical facilities for schools to enjoy and make use of. Our core objective is to deliver the highest possible standards of care in a way that is uniquely personal to each school.

What We Offer

If you would like to join us, you can be sure of a warm welcome, ongoing training and development and a sense of pride in your work.

In addition to salary, you will also be eligible for the following benefits:

· Overtime pay

· Accredited training

· Pension scheme

· Uniform provided

· Free parking

. Free lunches

Start a rewarding career with us by applying today.

Salary: generous, dependent upon experience and negotiation

Please contact us via email

or telephone our office 01483 200779



Gardener required

Job Ref ADV386

Harris Gardens is an entrepreneurial garden maintenance company based in and around Tunbridge Wells. As we continue to grow, we are looking for a Lead Gardener to join our team, working on a variety of gardens within a 20-mile radius of Tunbridge Wells.

We are a team of 10 Gardeners and two Administrators. Our Gardeners work in teams of two, so a Lead is responsible for ensuring the team is where it needs to be with the right equipment. Liaising with customers during visits to get the best out of their gardens is an important part of a Lead Gardener’s role, providing opportunities for ‘ownership’ of some beautiful gardens where the possibilities for horticultural development and planting are endless.

Maintenance tasks will include, but not be limited to: lawn care; bed work & pruning; mulching and hedge cutting. We avoid pesticide use wherever possible and within our team have broad experience of different methods, allowing our gardeners the flexibility to try new things and develop their own skills and experience, according to their horticultural slants.

As well as regular maintenance work, we are often called upon to create and execute planting plans for new and existing clients, so good plant knowledge and plant design principles are beneficial.

Good communication and management skills are required as you would be 'leading' an Assistant Gardener on a day-to-day basis to ensure our high standards are adhered to and our customers are happy. Our philosophy is to take the hassle of gardening away from our customers so they can enjoy their gardens to the fullest. We work hard and take enormous pride in what we do

As well as Gardeners, we would consider applicants from all areas of horticulture, including grounds maintenance, lawn care, landscaping, tree surgery, nurseries and garden centres.

We are able to offer career progression and training, alongside a supportive team, where sharing knowledge and experience is encouraged and nurtured.

Due to the rural location of our base, own transport is essential. Please do not apply if you do not have your own transport.

Our base is in Southborough and working hours are 7.30am – 5pm. We offer 28 days paid holiday, plus the Christmas/New Year break. All equipment and uniform is provided.

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.

Grounds Maintenance Supervisor

Grounds Maintenance Supervisor required

Job Ref - ADV372

As the Grounds Maintenance Supervisor you will plan and allocate all work duties for a busy and multi-skilled team.

The post is based at our Sittingbourne Depot but you will be required to travel to carry out your day to day duties where your time is split between office and monitoring site working. You will have access to a company van and all equipment required to carry out all tasks.

Key responsibilities

-Good working knowledge of Grounds Maintenance and industry experience and a strong interest and willingness to learn.

-Completing all paperwork.

-Proven experience of working within a contracting environment.

-Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing at all levels.

-Effective smartphone user.

-Enthusiasm and drive to develop a career in the horticultural industry.

-To assist the Contracts manager and other supervisors to manage and coordinate the activities of the 20 Grounds teams to meet the clients service level agreement.

-Working with the Contracts manager and other supervisors to ensure that services are delivered in accordance with best practice, within unit budgets and with special consideration of all relevant health & safety legislation.

-Prioritise workload and assist / direct colleagues to ensure individual and team performance is maximised.

-Out of hours duties where necessary due to adverse weather conditions and the flexibility and dedication to act quickly and carry out duties such as weekend play area and park maintenance and storm damage mitigation, to protect and maintain business continuity at site.

-To work alongside and implement our office management systems.

Professional and personal competencies/qualifications

-Previous experience in the Horticultural industry.

-NVQ level 3 Amenity horticulture, or equivalent.

-Highly motivated and a good communicator.

-Basic IT skills with knowledge of MS Office applications.

-A keen learner and horticulture enthusiast, must be willing to develop own skills.

-Good knowledge of health and safety in the grounds maintenance industry.

-Full Clean Driving License


-Competitive Salary DOE


-Company vehicle

-Full uniform provided

-Further training opportunities

-Promotion opportunities.

Assistant Gardener

Assistant Gardener required

Job Ref ADV364

We are looking for an enthusiastic gardener who will compliment our existing small team, working in this beautiful country estate near Guildford, Surrey.

The private garden contains formal lawns, large herbaceous borders, rose garden, productive walled kitchen garden, greenhouses, and an orchard.

The gardener will be responsible for maintaining the gardens and grounds to a consistently high standard all year round. This includes growing vegetables, fruit and cut flowers for the household, propagate plants for border planting maintain water features.

Applicants must possess good plant knowledge and a high level of horticultural skills. He / She will be organised, have excellent time keeping skills, flexible in duties, good attention to detail and take pride their work. Having spraying and chainsaw tickets would be an advantage.

They will be part of a wider team on the estate and should be able to work well in team and liaise with other estate staff.  Candidates will have a good level of fitness and positive disposition. Experienced in using and maintain a wide range of garden machinery as well as a full clean driving licence is essential.

Working hours are normally Monday to Friday 7.30am-4pm. However, applicants may occasionally be required to work weekends when required for watering duties.