Experienced Gardener

From English Country Gardeners

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Experienced Gardener required

An enthusiastic hands-on gardener is required to join a small team on my client’s beautiful family home in Newbury, West Berkshire.  This rare opportunity will involve assisting with the garden management of a historic property on a full-time permanent basis.  This is an excellent opportunity for an energetic gardener with a desire to work within a close-knit team and for very welcoming owners.  The successful applicant will work with two part-time assistants as well as external contractors where necessary,  alongside/under the direction of an existing Senior Gardener.

The historic property encompasses 23-acres including 3-acres of garden, 4-acres of woodland and 16-acres of paddocks.  The gardens are made up of several rooms containing large herbaceous borders, many varieties of roses (including wall-trained climbing roses), extensive lawns, terraces with container planting, a croquet lawn, ornamental planting, mature trees throughout (cedar, beech, chestnut and impressive lime avenues) and areas of managed woodland.  The less formal areas of the garden, including the hedgerows and woodland, are being developed specifically to encourage wildlife.  Amenities include an En Tout Cas tennis court and a saltwater swimming pool.  The property does not have a kitchen garden and there is no requirement for plant propagation work.  The surrounding paddocks are managed by a local farmer, and the hedges managed by local tree surgeons.

As a member of the team, the successful candidate will also be expected to assist with ad-hoc estate duties such as recycling, stocking the house with logs for the fire, basic swimming pool maintenance/monitoring when in use, feeding the hens and other similar tasks as and when they arise.  This is a family home with a friendly team of staff so applicants must possess a positive can-do attitude and the desire to settle into a genuinely enjoyable role on a long-term basis.  A desire to learn and to exchange knowledge is important, as is a natural desire to work hard and well within a team.

Suitable applicants will need to have a good grounding in horticulture with experience in the operation of a full range of garden machinery.  A good level of physical fitness is essential for this role.  Academic horticultural qualifications would be beneficial but not essential if relevant experience can be demonstrated.  Spraying certificates (PA1/PA6) and a certificate of chainsaw competence are desired, as is experience in a similar role within a private home/estate. A full driving licence and your own transport are required due to the rural location of the property.

SALARY: £26,000 – £28,000 DOE
LOCATION: Newbury, Berkshire
JOB No: EC19759

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

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