Head Gardener

An incredible opportunity has become available for an experienced and knowledgeable Head Gardener to continue to develop and maintain a “Heritage Garden of Excellence” to an exceptionally high standard and manage the horticultural features in the gardens and grounds of a beautiful estate in Carmarthenshire, Wales. The garden is open to the public year-round, and the Head Gardener will need to be mindful of this characteristic or the organisation and of the need to be highly flexible and adaptable. The position is full time and permanent basis and will manage a team of gardeners.

Following extensive restoration, today the gardens are quite simply one of Wales’ finest gardens, and at its heart lies a fully restored Elizabethan Cloister Garden that is the only surviving one of its kind in the UK today that is bounded by a three-sided arcaded walkway made of solid stone. Beyond this, visitors can explore 10 acres of over 20 different garden styles from formal to woodland, right through to exotic and modern along with the Grade II* listed mansion that frequently offers a stunning venue for exhibitions and events.

Other elements of the grounds include Alpinum Garden, Asiatic Garden boasting a collection of plants that originate from various parts of Asia including China, Japan, Tibet and Nepal.  A jubilee woodland, a functional kitchen garden filled with fruit and vegetables as well as a large variety of cut flowers in the summer, a glass atrium housing many sub-tropical and exotic plants. Expansive lawns, yew tunnel, a secluded area of deciduous trees, pond and stream gardens. There is also an imaginative sunken garden with a stunning water feature, and an upper walled garden. 

As the Head Gardener, you will play a key role in the leadership of the team of skilled and passionate individuals, contributing to whole property decision-making and direction. The role combines practical work, strategy, and planning, team leadership and advocacy. The Head Gardener will lead for horticultural excellence, providing the vision needed to continue the development and conservation of the whole garden and related infrastructure. The successful candidate will be required to commit to supporter engagement, including talks, tours, and media appearances; therefore, outstanding communication, service and people skills are a must. Essential duties will include the management of budgets in the procurement of plants, seeds, bulbs, machinery, and materials within agreed budgets to maintain the supply of plants for the retail sales area. Candidates will be responsible for detailed garden record keeping,  

The Head Gardener will be responsible for the maintenance of the gardens and all horticultural tasks on the Estate to a professional standard. He / She will plan the planting programmes to provide seasonal interest within the borders, and prepare annual maintenance schedules for the borders, trees and lawns and will liaise with the Director of Operations and the wider team on any changes to the planting schemes and planting of external pots and troughs throughout year. The health of plants in the extensive herbaceous beds are to be monitored and maintained including pruning, staking, feeding and spraying.  The successful candidate will schedule and supervise the necessary work for the team of gardeners create brilliant experiences for visitors.  

Applicants should have experience as a Head gardener or experienced gardener working on a private estate, managing a team. He / She will have excellent plant knowledge and technical skills with the relevant horticultural education and qualifications. It is important that the Head Gardener has a good understanding of Health and Safety requirements noting that all duties must be carried out to comply with current Health & Safety at Work legislation. The Head Gardener will have experience using and maintaining a range of basic garden machinery, experience or project planning and delivery, as well as competent IT skills. A full UK driving licence is essential.

The Head Gardener will be required to undertake some weekend and out of hours work, inducing some public functions and events when the attendance of the Head Gardener will be expected. Accommodation is provided on site as part of overall compensation and has traditionally been an essential condition of employment. This is given in exchange for afterhours security and response to any emergency should it arise. This provision would be considered negotiable for the right candidate.

SALARY:        £32,000 – £38,000 depending on experience

LOCATION: Carmarthenshire

JOB No:          EC44329

If this Head 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 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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Sole Gardener

Ref - EC5274

A fantastic new opportunity for an academically qualified and experienced gardener has become available at an exciting phase of development on a stunning Edwardian estate near Chepstow, Wales.  Using the original structure of the Edwardian garden, a significant proportion of the property is currently being renovated and re-designed by Arne Maynard, with completion expected in spring of 2020.  At this time, a Sole Gardener will be required to take ownership of the garden to ensure continued development and maintenance to a consistently high standard.

This impressive estate has been divided into different properties, with work being carried out on the main house garden which has deteriorated over the years.  The newly-designed two-acre garden will incorporate the original structure of the Edwardian garden as created at the beginning of the 1900’s, and will bring back the rich planting palette that has been lost over time as well as hard landscaping materials appropriate to the period. 

Upon completion, the garden will consist of a terrace that wraps around the house with clipped enkianthus in pots with borders planted primarily with irises, a very large pergola garden supporting wisteria and roses with a surrounding rose garden encircling a formal pond planted with water lilies.  Large copper beech topiary will be set alongside the roses and will provide structure and scale, with cloud topiary providing variation of form and a contemporary edge.  A formal bowling lawn will be enveloped by an original yew hedge, framing various sculptures, with large yew topiary, two water features and deep herbaceous and shrub borders to provide colour against the deep green background.  An informal meadow of long grass planted with a collection of cherry trees and spring bulbs will provide a natural feel and a soft backdrop to the formal portions of the garden.  A rock garden will surround a large water garden, itself providing a diverse and stimulating focal point when viewed from the sunny south-facing aspect of the house.  Numerous existing trees at various stages of maturity will be retained, which will play a significant role in maintaining the historic and established feel of the property.  Upon completion of works to the main house in the spring of 2020, a magnolia walkway lined by peonies, mixed borders and a sculptural, spiral landform will be added.

As expected from a garden designed by Arne Maynard and his team, applicants for this position must possess extensive experience in hands-on garden management at a high level.  Suitable candidates will hold academic horticultural qualifications, preferably at RHS Level 3 or above, extensive knowledge of plants and their seasonal management and should have a strong background in private estate gardening at Sole/Senior and/or Head level.  Applicants must be physically fit and must be competent in the operation and basic maintenance of a full range of garden machinery.

The successful applicant will have additional help with items such as topiary clipping at certain times of the year as well as from specialist contractors, i.e. arboricultural specialists where necessary, but must be able and willing to work efficiently on their own for the majority of the time.  For the purpose of relocation assistance if required, 20% of the successful candidate’s agreed monthly pay will be added to the base pay each month for the first 12 months’ of employment.

SALARY:       Circa £35,000 DOE
LOCATION:  Chepstow, Wales
JOB No:          EC5274

If this Sole 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 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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Head Gardener - EC6601 - This position has now been filled

A very rare opportunity has arisen for an experienced Head Gardener and excellent plants person to take ownership of a stunning private garden in Monmouthshire, Wales.  Designed, owned, and lived in by one of the country’s most celebrated garden designers, this exceptional position will deliver substantial reward and ensure pride of place in the industry for the successful candidate. 

This is an opportunity to effectively become an ambassador for the brand; to be involved with assisting the client with national and international consultations/visits on client properties, mentoring, lecturing and training of existing employees on their respective client gardens, the provision of advice and associated backup in the office from a client consultation perspective, in addition to the primary role of hands-on garden management at the designer’s home.

The Grade II listed late medieval property is situated in a private valley in the Welsh countryside.  The two-acre garden itself is set within five-acres of land and comprises wild flower meadows, topiary, roses, perennial borders, fruit trees and vegetables as well as riverside and woodland gardens.  Rare and unusual plant species can be found throughout the garden, with meticulous overall maintenance playing a significant role in the overall feel of the garden in order to ensure an example to visitors of the designer’s work.  There is room for improvement in the garden, so the successful applicant will have a chance to demonstrate their talent by way of subtle and bold new ideas, with no restriction on innovative out-of-the-box thinking.

The surrounding woodlands, meadows and other significant areas of the garden are undergoing development and enrichment at present and as such, the successful candidate will play a key role in the enhancement of these aspects in addition to the formal areas of the main garden. 

Applicants must have previous Head Gardener experience, extensive plant knowledge, excellent time management skills as well as a genuine hunger and excitement for the possibilities associated with creating stunning and unique gardens.  The Head Gardener must be able to communicate effectively, particularly as they will be expected to assist with in-house training of other gardeners, each of whom work in gardens that have also been created by this distinguished designer.  Applicants must have clear and demonstrable experience of Head/Senior Gardening at a high level, excellent attention to detail and a positive, enthusiastic attitude towards their work and colleagues.  Academic horticultural qualifications are essential, as is at least five years’ experience of private estate garden management at Senior/Head level.  Applicants with excellent horticultural knowledge from other backgrounds, e.g. the education or nursery/growing sectors, will be considered, so long as they can also demonstrate good hands-on gardening/management skills.

This is a rare vacancy, and an opportunity that will be awarded to the applicant that can demonstrate experience and excellence in each of the above areas.  A generous salary is offered for what will be an exciting and very rewarding position.  Accommodation may be sourced in the locality for exceptional candidates as part of the package offering, if required.

SALARY:       Up to £50,000 DOE
LOCATION:  Monmouthshire, Wales
JOB No:          EC6601

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 Gardener - Live In - EC5887 - this position has been filled

Skilled Gardener required

An enthusiastic and hands-on Skilled Gardener is required to maintain and manage the gardens of a beautiful private Estate situated in the South of Wales. 

Our client is a privately owned, 15-acre listed historic garden, where a stream tumbles through the garden passing unusual shrubs and trees, beneath arched bridges built in the eighteenth century. It pours into the calm and reflective ponds, over cascades, alongside spectacular borders within the round walled garden, through the extensive lawns. A greenhouse is on site and the lavish herbaceous borders are complimented by wildflower meadows and striking displays in vast urns and troughs.

The Skilled Gardener will have a hands-on role in the daily care and continuous development of the garden. They will be someone who takes pride in their work and will maintain the garden to an excellent horticultural standard. The garden is open by appointment between April and October to groups as well as one day per year for the National Garden Scheme and hosts a Rare Plant Fair.  The owner meets and leads the guided tours of the garden and the prospective Skilled Gardener will accompany the owner with groups of 20 or more. The greenhouse is used for propagation of plants for the house, therefore experience in propagation from cuttings and seeds to provide summer bedding, container and house plants would be essential.

The ideal candidate will have an academic horticultural qualification (ideally to a level 3) and excellent plant identifications skills. He / She will be able to identify a wide range of plants, pests and diseases, together with knowledge of their requirements to thrive. A minimum of 10 years of gardening experience is desired including charge of planting and maintaining herbaceous borders, ornamental containers, shrubs and trees in arboreta and pruning. The successful candidate must be enthusiastic, physically fit and willing to work autonomously. PA1 and PA6 chemical application for pest, disease and weed control and CS30 and CS31 chainsaw certificates will be required as well as a full driving licence.

He / She should be prepared to work outside in all weathers observing health and safety at all times, have the determination and drive to get a job done and a have a vision for maintaining and enhancing the garden as required. The willingness to mow and mulch and the ability to operate and carry out basic maintenance of a full range of garden machinery such as Kubota tractor and trailer, John Deere ride on mower, Honda pedestrian mower, leaf blower, strimmer, chain and pole saws is essential.

A 2-bed cottage will be available from April 2019 on the Estate for a rental fee of £250 per annum. All bills including council tax will be the responsibility of the tenant. Occasional weekend work to water /ventilate the greenhouse would be required when the owners are travelling. Holiday entitlement is twenty-eight days per year including Public and Bank Holidays.

This is an excellent opportunity and would suit someone with existing National Trust or RHS experience to manage a beautiful and diverse garden. 

SALARY:        Circa £25k (Live in)
LOCATION:   South Wales
JOB No:          EC5887

If this Skilled 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 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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Skilled Gardener - Live In - EC5887 - this position has been filled

An enthusiastic and hands-on Skilled Gardener is required to maintain and manage the gardens of a beautiful private Estate situated in the South of Wales. 

Our client is a privately owned, 15-acre listed historic garden, where a stream tumbles through the garden passing unusual shrubs and trees, beneath arched bridges built in the eighteenth century. It pours into the calm and reflective ponds, over cascades, alongside spectacular borders within the round walled garden, through the extensive lawns. A greenhouse is on site and the lavish herbaceous borders are complimented by wildflower meadows and striking displays in vast urns and troughs.

The Skilled Gardener will have a hands-on role in the daily care and continuous development of the garden. They will be someone who takes pride in their work and will maintain the garden to an excellent horticultural standard. The garden is open by appointment between April and October to groups as well as one day per year for the National Garden Scheme and hosts a Rare Plant Fair.  The owner meets and leads the guided tours of the garden and the prospective Skilled Gardener will accompany the owner with groups of 20 or more. The greenhouse is used for propagation of plants for the house, therefore experience in propagation from cuttings and seeds to provide summer bedding, container and house plants would be essential.

The ideal candidate will have an academic horticultural qualification (ideally to a level 3) and excellent plant identifications skills. He / She will be able to identify a wide range of plants, pests and diseases, together with knowledge of their requirements to thrive. A minimum of 10 years of gardening experience is desired including charge of planting and maintaining herbaceous borders, ornamental containers, shrubs and trees in arboreta and pruning. The successful candidate must be enthusiastic, physically fit and willing to work autonomously. PA1 and PA6 chemical application for pest, disease and weed control and CS30 and CS31 chainsaw certificates will be required as well as a full driving licence.

He / She should be prepared to work outside in all weathers observing health and safety at all times, have the determination and drive to get a job done and a have a vision for maintaining and enhancing the garden as required. The willingness to mow and mulch and the ability to operate and carry out basic maintenance of a full range of garden machinery such as Kubota tractor and trailer, John Deere ride on mower, Honda pedestrian mower, leaf blower, strimmer, chain and pole saws is essential.

A 2-bed cottage will be available from April 2019 on the Estate for a rental fee of £250 per annum. All bills including council tax will be the responsibility of the tenant. Occasional weekend work to water /ventilate the greenhouse would be required when the owners are travelling. Holiday entitlement is twenty-eight days per year including Public and Bank Holidays.

This is an excellent opportunity and would suit someone with existing National Trust or RHS experience to manage a beautiful and diverse garden. 

SALARY:        Circa £25,000 (Live in)
LOCATION:   South Wales
JOB No:          EC5887

If this Skilled 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 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 will have been unsuccessful.

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Horticultural/Plant Area Assistant Manager - ADV229 - Please Apply Direct to Advertiser

As Horticultural/Plant Area Assistant Manager based at Pugh’s Garden Village, Radyr the role will be to take responsibility alongside the Plant Area Manager for one of the largest departments within the centre.

You will look after the day to day visual merchandising and maintenance of the plant stock as well as motivating the team to provide the highest standard of customer service.

This is a full time permanent position working 6 days one week, followed by 4 the following to allow alternate weekend work.

The candidate: 

For this role we are seeking a leader with superb retail experience to head this busy department. The plant area is the focus point of any garden centre and the heart of Pugh’s and your standards for customer service, merchandising and the little details that make a department special will make you stand out. Plant knowledge is essential but we are open minded about the level of academic qualification. Experience within a garden centre is desirable as are supervisory skills. You will be responsible for covering the days off and holidays of the plant area manager and step in as plant area manager at these times to oversee the department.

Desired capabilities:

o    A passion for plants!

o    You must be able to thrive in a fast paced environment, be commercially aware and be keen to learn on the job

o    You understand what makes a high quality shopping experience for your customers and have customer service experience

o    You are enthusiastic, creative, and motivated

Please email a covering letter and CV to shrubs@pughsgardencentre.co.uk with the subject line Horicultural/Plant Area Assistant Manager.


Construction Site Foreman - South Wales - D220

Our client is an established landscape construction and maintenance company who undertake hard, soft and civils construction projects as well as landscape maintenance projects. The scope of the projects can be extremely varied from site clearance to all types of external works including groundwork, civil engineering, construction, hard and soft landscaping. Project duration can vary from a day to many months. Due to an increasing workload they have a vacancy for a Construction Site Foreman.

Key points

This is a hands-on, site based role and the foreman must be a skilled craftsman who is expected to lead by example, working alongside operatives.  They must also maintain effective communication with client representatives, reporting progress and any problems to supervisory staff.  Responsibility includes the safety and performance of the team and the equipment being used. The ideal candidate will be experienced in civil engineering and hard landscaping, They will be able to interpret contract specification and set out works from contract drawings. The job holder must be able to work to a budget and within set timescales.

Foremen on average have 3 or 4 operatives reporting to them, one of which is usually a Chargehand.  Most Foreman are provided with, and have full responsibility for, a company van of which they will be the main driver with one member of their team acting as a second driver.  They will travel to and from work using the van.

Must haves

  • A good knowledge of all aspects of civil engineering demonstrated by at least three years industry experience in this background.
  • Must have full, clean UK driving licence.
  • Holder of Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card.
  • Physically fit.
  • Experience of working outdoors in extreme weather conditions.
  • Good attendance and time keeping.
  • Ability to read plans and take off plans and set out the job on site.
  • Must be a team leader with natural leadership qualities, able to take charge of a group, motivate and direct.  Maintaining a hands on position within the team.
  • Experience of brick and block laying, towing entitlement on licence, CPCS and SSSTS are desirable rather than essential.

Additional Information

  • Standard weekly hours are 45 hours Mon-Fri, overtime is at single time. 7am start (which practically is 6.30am so 30 minutes overtime to start every day), normally finish at 4.30pm.
  • Occasional Saturday working if client requirements demand.
  • Average 5 hours week overtime, if desired, although more is available.
  • Attendance bonus scheme which should equate to £130 per quarter if criteria are met.
  • 28 days paid annual leave including official bank holidays. Unpaid leave is available but is restricted to 3 days per quarter.
  • Subject to qualification criteria will be eligible for membership of company auto enrolment pension scheme.

If this position is of interest please apply or contact Mark Bolam on 01233 732767 or markbolam@horticruitment.com

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Thank you for the interest you have shown in this Construction Site Foreman 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 the Construction Site Foreman will have been unsuccessful.

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Head Gardener - Live Out - EC3358 - Position Filled

A rare opportunity has arisen for an experienced Head Gardener to take ownership of a stunning private garden in Monmouthshire, Wales. Designed, owned, and still lived in by one of the country’s most celebrated garden designers, this exceptional position will deliver reward and ensure genuine pride of place for the successful new applicant.

The Grade II listed late medieval property is situated in a private valley in the Welsh countryside. The two acre garden itself comprises of wild flower meadows, topiary, roses, perennial borders, fruit and vegetables as well as riverside and woodland gardens. Rare and unusual species, cultivated plants and meticulous overall maintenance play a significant role in the overall feel of the garden.

Surrounding woodlands, meadows and other significant areas of the garden are undergoing development and enrichment at present. As such, the successful candidate will play a key role in the enhancement of this impressive garden as well as ensuring the highest quality maintenance of existing areas.

Applicants must have previous Head Gardener experience, extensive plant knowledge and excellent time management skills. You must be able to communicate effectively, particularly as you will be expected to assist with in-house training of other gardeners, each of whom work in gardens that have also been created by this distinguished designer.  Applicants must have a genuine passion for Head Gardening at a high level, excellent attention to detail and a positive attitude towards their work and colleagues.

This is a rare vacancy that will be awarded to the applicant that can demonstrate experience and excellence in each of the above areas. A generous salary is offered for what will be an exciting and fulfilling position.

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

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

SALARY: Up to £36,000 DOE

LOCATION: Monmouthshire, Wales

JOB No: EC 3358