Head Gardener

An experienced, enthusiastic and responsible Head Gardener is required to work in a private garden near Andover.  It is an extremely exciting opportunity to be involved in a site that is both an existing landscape as well as a new project.

The garden requires work to bring selected elements back into shape. They will have the chance to have an input into the setting up of some of the supporting garden infrastructure (e.g. contribute to the internal layout of the Machine Store). Some parts of the garden are also currently under construction, so they will be joining the project during the on-going implementation phase. The candidate should have strong horticultural knowledge, as well as extensive experience in both administrative and practical management of gardens and landscapes throughout the year and proven supervisory experience. 

The position is fulltime, and they will be required to work with and manage other garden staff and coordinate with external contractors, as required, for specialist horticultural projects. They will be expected to manage, programme and oversee any external maintenance and service contractors for items such as the irrigation, cascades, water features, lighting, energy systems etc. It will also be necessary for them to gain a working understanding of the relevant equipment for day-to-day management. They will be expected to keep up-to-date records and daily diaries accordingly. 

The site incorporates existing woodland, which has been enhanced with recent planting, mature specimen trees, veteran trees, and arboretum, mixed shrub and herbaceous borders, formal and informal planting, formal lawns, hedges, cascades, formal water features and a working walled garden planted for both produce and cut flowers with a mixed zone greenhouse, including one for houseplants and display plants. There will be a working compost area and they should be comfortable around animals, including horses.   

The successful candidate will be expected to maintain the grounds to the highest horticultural standards throughout the seasons and have a sound understanding of general garden machinery, their uses and maintenance.  They should be willing to undertake training as required and have qualifications in spraying (PA1 and PA6). Hedge-cutting and chainsaw use would be an advantage. They should be good at budget planning and have a comprehensive understanding of the relevant Health and Safety Regulations, environmental management, manual handling and risk assessment. 

Candidates must have excellent interpersonal skills, be self-motivated, capable of working as part of a team and have a valid driving license. 

References will be required

Role to commence in September 2024

Accommodation can be provided if required to suit the candidates’ circumstances

LOCATION: Near Andover, Wiltshire
SALARY: Circa £60,000 plus accommodation
JOB No: EC63067

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

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Head Gardener

An excellent opportunity has become available for a Head Gardener for a large estate in Oxfordshire. The successful candidate will be in charge of the ongoing maintenance of the entire garden throughout the seasons, with a view to increase the horticultural standard.

The moated property is encompassed by diverse, established gardens, featuring a 3-acre walled garden, herbaceous borders, vegetable garden, yew and box hedging and a combination of both formal and informal lawns, including an island lawn within the moat. The wider estate expands for a further three acres, featuring a mixture of parkland combined with young and mature trees.  

The key focus for the Head Gardener will be to bring passion into and raise the standards within the garden to a high horticultural standard. Additionally, the owners are keen to progress the vegetable garden and begin to regularly provide seasonal produce to the main house. The successful candidate will be a knowledgeable and experienced gardener, with extensive plant knowledge, able to properly care for herbaceous borders, an eye for detail, and have demonstratable experience within a similar setting. The ideal candidate will also demonstrate a positive and approachable attitude, with the ability to manage their own workload throughout the seasons. Relevant horticultural qualifications are desirable but not essential, alongside the addition of industry related tickets such as PA1/PA6 spraying and chainsaw certification.

This is an amazing opportunity for a gardener who is searching for a long-term position to implement their skills, while developing an established garden. In addition, the newly appointed Head Gardener will be involved in the future recruitment of an undergardener. The position is full time, Monday to Friday. Furthermore, accommodation is available to the successful candidate via an assured short hold tenancy agreement if required.

SALARY:        Circa £42,000 DOE  
LOCATION:   North Wiltshire                                                   
JOB No:          EC61971

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

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Skilled Gardener

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Skilled Gardener to join the mature garden of an 18th-century private estate located near Pewsey, Wiltshire. The owner now requires an experienced gardener with a proven track record of successfully enhancing a large mature English country garden, to assist in the ongoing maintenance of the garden and grounds. This is a permanent role, based on a 4-day week.

The idyllic 3-acre garden borders the River Avon and features many wonderful elements including formal lawns, a mini moat which runs into a large lily pond, mature trees, a walled garden and lots of pots containing coloured annual plants. Other features include beds and borders with cottage garden favourites such as centranthus, lavender, Alchemilla mollis and peony, with the main building clad in climbing roses and wisteria. The gardens are also host to a productive kitchen garden with fruit cages growing a variety of fruits and vegetables for the main house. The garden is mature and has been professionally maintained therefore the owners are looking for a highly skilled candidate to keep the gardens at a high standard.  

Our client seeks an experienced gardener to help maintain the gardens on a year-round basis following the annual calendar. Applicants will ideally possess an academic horticultural qualification, such as RHS level 2 or equivalent, combined with extensive experience working in a similar role. As such, excellent plant knowledge and technical skills are essential for this position with experience in compost management, propagation, specialist pruning, spraying, weeding and rejuvenating beds.

A self-motivated, organised individual with a self-start attitude and proven track record of managing a large mature English country garden, with a strong work ethic, ability to work within a small and friendly team and willingness to work to consistently high standards are qualities which are essential for this role. Candidates will be flexible and willing to extend their duties where needed. As such, this is a physically demanding position which requires a fit and strong individual who is comfortable working in all weathers.

General maintenance duties will include but are not limited to pruning, propagating, weeding, edging and compost management. The owners are passionate about their garden and want likeminded people to help the gardens continue to flourish. Experience in the use and maintenance of a wide range of gardening machinery is essential as well as PA1 and PA6 spraying certificates, and a chainsaw certification being desirable for this position.

This role is based on a 4-day week with working hours 8am – 4pm, on a PAYE basis.

SALARY:  Up to £28,000 on a 4 day week
LOCATION:  Wiltshire
JOB No:  EC61444

If this Skilled Gardener vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Sophie Sharpe on 01233 733510 or info@englishcountrygardeners.co.uk.

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Senior Gardener

An incredible opportunity has arisen for an experienced senior gardener to rejuvenate and restore a prestigious listed garden around an important Grade 1 house near Salisbury, with the objective to bring it back to its former glory. The position is full time and permanent. 

The property is a large Georgian country house surrounded by a 3-acre formal garden that is part of a wider estate including listed parkland, paddocks, woodland, swimming pool and tennis court. The 19th century formal garden to the West was terraced by William Butterfield and features yew topiary, stone urns and steps, fine specimen trees, water features, and extensive lawns. To the East is a large lawn and attractive pastureland framed by mature trees. To the North and South the property is bordered by woodland. 

The owners recently purchased the property and are looking to carry out a complete restoration of the garden. The ideal candidate will have an eye for detail and a strong interest in getting involved in a rejuvenating and renewal project. He / She will be hands on, contribute towards the design of the garden and be responsible for the care and maintenance of the grounds to a high horticultural standard. This would include maintaining the lawns, hedge cutting, pruning, transplanting, weeding, etc. with seasonal help as necessary.

The ideal candidate will hold an academic horticultural qualification, have experience working on a large-scale private estate and know how to manage and develop trees in a parkland setting. Excellent plant knowledge, an understanding of health and safety regulations and experience in the use and basic maintenance of hand tools and garden machinery is essential (including a chainsaw licence).

This is an exciting opportunity for a senior gardener who is experienced, organised, has good attention for detail and can work on their own initiative. 

SALARY:        Circa £35k depending on experience     

LOCATION: Salisbury, Wiltshire

JOB No:          EC38492

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Experienced Gardener

Applications are invited for the position of Experienced Gardener for a large country property situated in rural Hampshire. The property is surrounded by fields and wooded area and has 4 acres of formal gardens.

The beautiful landscaped garden has extensive areas of lawn plus well established borders, box and yew hedging, garden shrubs, there is also a vegetable garden plus terraces and garden paths as well as many mature trees including a wooded area., The gardens and grounds are maintained to a high standard throughout the year.

We seek applications from professional gardeners who have proven experience of maintaining a large formal garden. Good plant knowledge is essential preferably backed up by appropriate horticultural qualifications plus PA1/6 sprayers certificates.

Duties will include, lawn care and mowing, maintenance of shrubs and planted areas - including new planting as required, maintain and trim box and yew hedging, maintenance of the vegetable garden including bringing on new vegetables and flowers in the greenhouse.

You should be familiar with the safe use and general maintenance of normal garden machinery and equipment including the use of small ladders.

Applicants must be able to work to a high standard, with a good eye for detail, and be able to plan and organise their work schedule throughout the seasons.

Working hours are flexible but generally 7.5 – 8hrs per day with a lunch and tea break. The gardens include a gardeners bathroom and kitchen.

SALARY:       £28,000 - £33,000 DOE
LOCATION:  Hampshire/Wiltshire borders
JOB No:          EC32696

If this Experienced Gardener vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Ruth Bolam on 01233 733510 or info@englishcountrygardeners.co.uk.

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Sole Gardener

A vacancy has arisen for a suitable experienced gardener to take up the position of Sole Gardener managing a 3acre private garden in Wiltshire. The formal areas consist of a walled vegetable garden with box and yew hedging, large fruit cage, greenhouses, climbing and shrub roses, herbaceous borders, wildlife pond and rill and large are of lawn.

Applicants wishing to apply for the vacancy should ideally have a recognised horticultural qualification and experience running a large private garden. You will be required to manage all aspects of the garden therefore need competency in growing and maintaining fruit and vegetables for the household, able to maintain roses, propagate plants from seed and cuttings and manage a greenhouse and generally have good all-round plant knowledge and excellent craft skills. 

The owners are looking for someone who is a keen plants person, passionate about their work and has the ability to assist with bringing the garden on. A full clean driving licence and ability to drive a quad bike and trailer when necessary whilst not essential would be desirable along with CS30/31 chainsaw certificates.

Working hours are anticipated as typically 8.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday with 4 wees holiday per year.

A 2 ½ bedroom cottage with a large private garden at the back is available for the successful applicant. Partners, children and pets are welcome. Council tax is paid by the employers, water is supplied from a borehole onsite, and electricity is paid by the tenant.

SALARY: Circa £28,000 depending on experience
LOCATION: Marlborough, Wiltshire
JOB No: EC30991

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

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Experienced Gardener

A highly motivated and experienced gardener is sought after to maintain and continue to develop the 1.5-acre garden in Swindon, Wiltshire.  This position would suit a presentable and all rounded gardener with demonstrable experience.

The experienced gardener will take responsibility for the general maintenance i.e. mowing, pruning, strimming, hedge cutting, pest control, weeding as well as horticultural practices such as planting, soil and shrubbery, and some enhancement. The 1.5-acre garden includes extensive lawns, a lake, mixed beds and borders and mature and young trees. The garden is newly established, and the landscape architects are currently building a swimming pool.

The gardener will be responsible for the outdoors aesthetics, keeping the gardens to a high horticultural standard as well as mowing and assisting on the wider estate. He / She will be someone who takes pride in their work and is organised. Applicants must above all be hardworking and physically fit, with the willingness to assist occasionally with grounds duties such as racking, fixing fences etc.

The successful candidate will have excellent horticultural knowledge, be fully conversant with planting methods, soil properties, pruning and pest control. Applicants should be comfortable working autonomously, organised, with a good eye for detail, able to carry out work with minimum supervision. Good health and safety knowledge is important, a good level of competency in the operation and basic maintenance of garden machinery and PA1/PA6 is preferred. A full clean driving licence is essential for the role.

SALARY:        Circa £25,000 depending on experience
LOCATION:  Swindon, Wiltshire
JOB No:          EC29448

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Sole Gardener

An excellent opportunity for a skilled Sole Gardener has arisen on a beautifully established private garden in North Wiltshire, located approximately 10 minutes’ drive from near Hungerford. 

The property is positioned in a stunning 10-acre well-manicured garden, on a large in hand farming estate surrounded by expansive views of fields and native woodlands. Structurally re-designed in 2011, the formal garden consists of ornamental parterres, lawns with shrub beds and borders, azaleas and rhododendron borders, an ornamental lake and fountain.  There is also a walled garden with herbaceous borders, a large Alitex greenhouse and mature trees. Areas of hard landscaping have been established to make the management of the grounds as easy as possible.  

The ideal candidate will have clear enthusiasm for maintaining and enhancing the garden and will be someone who takes pride in their work. He/she will be responsible for the onward development of the borders in conjunction with the owners and will maintain the garden to a high standard. The successful candidate will be organised, able to plan and prioritise the workload and must be prepared to work outside in all weathers.  Good timekeeping is essential for this role to ensure the harmonious and smooth running of the estate.

The successful candidate will have excellent knowledge of trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants and be fully conversant with planting methods, soil properties, pest control, pruning and cultivation.  Trees are a major part of the landscape; therefore, a chainsaw certificate is essential for the role; however, if the applicant is willing to acquire the certification, training can be arranged by the employer.  A spraying certificate (PA1 and PA6) is required.  A full clean driving licence is essential for the role as some driving duties may be expected.

Additional duties will include basic maintenance such as painting and repairs, therefore previous experience in the estate maintenance aspect of a Sole Gardening role would be beneficial.  Applicants should be trustworthy and when the owners are travelling, will collaborate with the house sitter for the security of the property.  He/she must be dog friendly and willing to walk the owner’s Labrador if/when necessary.  The successful applicant will be entitled to 28-days holiday including bank holidays.

SALARY:        Circa £30,000 DOE (Live Out)
LOCATION: North Wiltshire
JOB No:          EC25738

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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Horticultural Merchandiser

Horticultural Merchandiser required

Job Ref S522

My client is one of the fastest growing gardening companies in the UK with an award-winning website and catalogue, and a passion for product and service.  An exciting new role has arisen for an experienced Merchandiser with strong horticultural knowledge to join the growing close-knit team on a full-time permanent basis. 

The full-time Merchandiser will work within the established horticulture team, based at the office in Wiltshire.  The role would be ideal for someone who has a strong horticultural background, is highly numerate with an analytical skillset, has demonstrable problem solving and creative thinking abilities as well as strong communication skills.  The role may suit someone who is currently at an intermediate level and ready to step up, though the above skills must be demonstrated via previous work experience within the sector.

The successful applicant will be responsible for:
  • Liaising with the nursery and the office team to ensure a smooth dispatch season
  • Managing stock levels through accurate forecasting and promotional activity for the current season
  • Working with buyers to suggest, source and confirm additional stock to maintain availability
  • Ensuring data integrity in both the planning spreadsheets and stock-keeping systems
  • Building strong and productive relationships with suppliers

Applicants will need to have several years of merchandising experience within a horticulture setting, good communication and presentation skills, be highly analytical with advanced knowledge of Excel, be commercially aware and proactive, and be able to produce high quality work independently.  This vacancy is not open to those wishing to live outside the area and work remotely on a permanent basis, therefore applicants must either already live in the south west of England or be able and willing to relocate.

If this Horticultural Merchandiser vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Mark Read on 01233 732767 or mark.read@horticruitment.com.

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Senior Buyer

Senior Buyer required

Ref No S520

My client is one of the fastest growing gardening companies in the UK with an award-winning website and catalogue, and a passion for product and service.  An exciting new role has arisen for an experienced buyer with horticultural knowledge to join the growing close-knit team on a full-time permanent basis.  The position will focus on buying for Seeds and House Plant Gifts ranges and to play a key role in the next phase of the company’s growth.

The role of Senior Buyer involves working closely with the Buying Manager and Manager Director and will involve managing a Horticultural Buying Assistant.  Due to the small size of the team, applicants must be able and willing to undertake a range of duties such as the administration and processing associated with the primary role.  Crossover exists between categories, so a calm and considered approach is necessary as well as a positive character and an ability to apply initiative and attention to detail at all times.

The role will involve preparation for range reviews, including understanding analysis and trends, sourcing new products under the direction of the Buying Manager for Seeds, and the Managing Director for the House Plant Gifts ranges. 

Regular duties will include ensuring Buying Sheets are set up and completed ready for handover in line with the critical path, maintaining an awareness of competitor activity and market trends, ensuring sell prices are competitive and margins are in line with company targets and working closely with the merchandising team to ensure good stock availability.  The post holder will also work closely with the web marketing team to ensure products are merchandised effectively and accurately online.  Arranging and planning photoshoots for new House Plant Gift ranges will also be the responsibility of the successful applicant.  A proactive approach to developing strong relationships with key suppliers is an important part of the role. The successful candidate will be also be required to visit an associated company site at regular intervals to observe the results of Seeds trials.

Suitable candidates will have experience in a similar buying role, mail order / e-commerce knowledge and experience, an ability to take direction as well as use initiative and to see things through to completion.  Excellent communication and motivation skills are essential, as are a high level of professional integrity and strong sense of responsibility.  Excellent numerate and analytical skills are important as are an ability to think quickly and react with accuracy and foresight.  Applicants should be competent with Microsoft Excel, be highly organised with excellent attention to detail and an ability to work to a critical path.  A proactive approach, stamina and strong sense of commercial awareness are paramount.

If this Senior Buyer vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Mark Read on 01233 732767 or mark.read@horticruitment.com.

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