Experienced Gardener

From English Country Gardeners

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A self-motivated and experienced gardener is sought after on a full time and permanent basis for a stunning private garden in Shepton Mallet, Somerset.

The 18th century estate located near the Mendips hills area of outstanding natural beauty is surrounded by a working farm and woodland. The gardens consist of about 4 acres of formal gardens, kitchen garden, water garden, woodland garden and cottage gardens. These include mixed and herbaceous terraced borders, potted plants, greenhouse and cold frames, conservatory, 2 parterres, topiary, mature and young trees and extensive lawns. The kitchen garden provides the owners with fruit and vegetable throughout the year.

The owners are very passionate about their garden and are looking for an experienced and hands on gardener to work closely with them to maintain and manage the garden to a high horticultural standard as well as enhancing the garden when required. Responsibilities will include, but not limited to; propagation, weeding, vegetable and fruit growing, deadheading and specialist pruning. There are two groundsmen currently working on site focusing on the general maintenance such as the mowing, strimming and hedge cutting of the main garden as well as the gardens surrounding the tenanted cottages.

Applicants should ideally have level 3 horticultural qualification, combined with excellent plant and tree knowledge, excellent technical skills and previous experience working on private estates.  Experience in propagation as well as growing fruit and vegetables is required for the role. The garden is run organically, therefore a good understanding of organic principles, pest and disease control, composting and leaf mulching knowledge is essential.

The successful applicant will need to be very organised, able to plan and prioritise workload and work to a high standard. He / She will be good at record keeping and keep a gardening diary. The gardener will be physically fit and should have a flexible attitude regarding the day structure and comfortable with dogs, chickens, horses and cattle. The ability to operate a range of garden machinery and good craft skills are also desirable for the role. A full UK driving licence is essential.

SALARY:        £30,000 – £35,000 DOE
LOCATION: Shepton Mallet, Somerset
JOB No:          EC42978

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

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