Skilled Gardener

From English Country Gardeners

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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Skilled Gardener to join the mature garden of a residential property located near Cirencester, Gloucestershire. The owners now require a gardener to work within the small team within a typical English country garden; assisting in the ongoing maintenance and potential development of the garden and grounds.

The estate in its entirety covers roughly 15-acres with 5-acres of formal gardens. The gardens are a fascinating blend of traditional elements with intensive planting and have been developed by the current owners throughout the years. Features include a walled garden, rose garden, formal topiary, prairie garden as well as a swimming pool area with mediterranean planting. The gardens also boast impressive herbaceous borders, bursting with colour and texture throughout the seasons as well as formal lawns and meadows. The garden is mature and has been professionally designed and maintained therefore the owners are looking for an enthusiastic candidate to assist with keeping the gardens at a high standard. 

Some experience within the horticultural sector is essential and it will be important for candidates to demonstrate a commitment to furthering their career in amenity horticulture. As such, it would be advantageous for candidates to show a background in gardening on private estates, volunteering or paid employment.

Under the guidance of the Head Gardener, the Junior Gardener will be involved with a variety of horticultural practices to help maintain the gardens on a year-round basis following the annual calendar. Duties will include but are not limited to, propagation, weeding, preparing & rejuvenating flower beds, planting and pruning as well as all aspects of lawn care. Other duties will include the use of a wide range of garden machinery. Applicants will ideally possess an academic horticultural qualification, such as RHS level 2 or equivalent, or be looking to engage in an academic programme to obtain the qualification to assist in furthering your knowledge.

The job is, of necessity outdoors, with the requirement to work in all weathers and is physically demanding. Candidates will be able to communicate well and possess a friendly and helpful personality. A self-motivated, enthusiastic individual 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. The owners are passionate about their garden and want likeminded people to help the gardens continue to flourish. Candidates will be flexible and willing to extend their duties where needed.

Please note, the successful candidate with be offered subject to extensive reference checks (both written and verbal) and DBS check. Candidates will also need to provide evidence of qualifications held and hold a full driver’s licence. This is a full-time permanent position. Hours of work are Monday to Friday 8:00am – 4:00pm with holiday entitlement 20 days plus Bank Holidays.

SALARY:  Up to £28,000 depending on experience
LOCATION:  Gloucestershire
JOB No:  EC63007

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

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