Assistant Head Gardener

From English Country Gardeners

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An exciting opportunity has arisen for an Assistant Head Gardener to join work closely with a highly experienced Head Gardener on a beautiful and established private estate near Hungerford, West Berkshire.  This role is full time and permanent and would suit a skilled and academically qualified gardener with a desire to be part of a small team working on an incredible and diverse garden.

The estate covers approximately 72-acres in total, with 25-acres being dedicated to the garden to varying degrees of formality.  The garden is kept to a high horticultural standard and comprises of large formal areas closer to the property, a large walled garden, new Alitex glasshouse, with vegetables, fruit and herbaceous and grass borders. A large lake with extensive natural woodlands, natural swimming ponds and water meadows. 

Working alongside the Head Gardener, the successful candidate will carry out high level maintenance of the outdoor areas.  The role will also involve general garden maintenance such as mowing, hedge cutting, strimming, pruning etc. in addition to the maintenance of all plantings, weed control, staking/wire supports, assistance within the woodland areas, maintenance of all lawn areas, wildflower areas and water meadows, seasonal bulb and pot planting, seed collection and propagation, maintenance of all drives, paths, terrace and tracks, maintaining the irrigation system, mulching, maintenance of garden features e.g. water features, sculptures, seating, checking drains, the maintenance of equipment, composting of waste on site, assisting with  vegetable, fruit, nut and cut flower production in the kitchen garden, maintenance of a natural swimming pond as well as general estate maintenance where necessary.

Suitable candidates will ideally hold academic horticultural qualifications at RHS Level 2 or above/equivalent as well as experience as a Skilled Gardener on private estates.  Applicants should have good horticultural knowledge as well as some experience in plant propagation and kitchen gardening.  Physical fitness is essential as is an ability to safely operate garden machinery.  Chainsaw and chemical spray certificates would be beneficial. 

This is an excellent opportunity to join an impressive private estate, and to work alongside a great team.  The role is available to either be live in or live out. If live in, accommodation will be provided within the proximity of the estate and will be rent and bill free.

SALARY:        £30,000

LOCATION:  Hungerford, West Berkshire

JOB No:          EC62840

If this Assistant Head Gardener vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Sara Yassin on 01233 733510 or

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