Position Filled

Assistant Head Gardener

From English Country Gardeners

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A friendly, motivated and all rounded Assistant Head Gardener is required to work closely with the Head Gardener to further develop the gardens of a beautiful Grade II* listed 16th century Farmhouse based in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire. The position is full time and permanent.

The peaceful and private 29-acre estate is a stable yard with the majority of acreage is pasture for the horses.  Separated by a Ha-ha ensuring uninterrupted views, the well-maintained gardens surrounding the property include formal gardens, Parterre, Herbaceous borders, rose garden, walled garden, vegetable garden, 3 greenhouses including a beautiful Hartley botanic greenhouse, Koi Pond, Old woodland, ancient oaks and wisteria.

The Assistant Head Gardener will be an arts and crafts gardener with a focus on specialist pruning, kitchen gardening, training and greenhouse management. He / She will be hands on carrying out the planting, sowing, pruning, growing, creative input and design ideas would be welcome, pest & disease treatments, planting and harvesting the produce which is shared on the estate. It is a diverse role so flexibility is key, the successful candidate will also assist with the general maintenance of the garden such as the mowing, strimming and weeding and the clients outsources the hedge cutting. Additional duties may be required such as occasional feeding and care of dogs (Great Dane and 2 dachshunds).

Applicants will ideally hold a horticultural qualification RHS or a recognised horticultural qualification and / or experience working on a private estate. Experience with Spray certificates PA1/PA6 and chainsaw would be advantageous but not essential as training can be provided. Applicants will have shown longevity and are looking for a long-term opportunity on a diverse and friendly estate. He / She must work well with others and be confident with their plant knowledge. Horse and animal lover is a plus!

The working hours are 5-day week Monday to Friday 8am -5pm with an hour for lunch. Flexibility is important as occasionally a half day on the weekend maybe required for watering in the greenhouse or when the owners are away for which time off in lieu will be given.

SALARY:  £35,000 – £40,000 DOE
LOCATION:  Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire
JOB No:  EC61418 

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

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