Experienced Gardener

From English Country Gardeners

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An exciting opportunity has become available for an Experienced Gardener to join an incredible private estate that has gone through a monumental restoration of the buildings, gardens and grounds. The position is a full time and permanent role and is based in Surrey.

The 500-acre grounds are entirely new, based loosely on the historic gardens that were lost in the 1960’s. The grounds have been designed to consist of garden areas, a few of those areas are as follows; Forecourt with formal parterre planting beds with hedges and a topiary yew centrepiece surrounded by close cut formal lawns. These beds have a changing display of bulbs and annual flowering plants to provide year-round interest and will require careful maintenance and regular replanting with the gardeners either ordering in or propagating and growing on the required plants. The grotto entrance is surrounded by coniferous trees planted to create woodland clump when viewed from the park. Shrub and herbaceous planting above the grotto to frame the sculpture/urn here. The garden walk is an elegant repeat of shrub and herbaceous ground including planting around the outsides of the garden terrace. The Southern walk becomes part of the Garden terrace with a seat looking back towards the south wing.

The Kitchen Terrace and Pool Terrace planting is entirely in large timber planters. Small clipped standard trees surrounded with seasonal annuals. Both terraces have the same layout, but the Pool terrace is in the shade of the house for much of the day whereas the Kitchen Terrace is mostly in full sunlight. The walled garden is divided into a quartered layout with gravel paths on the cross axis and around the perimeter walls. The central area is a simple meadow and fruit trees feature arbours in each quadrant. A new glasshouse has been built to accommodate house plants, seedlings and tender plants. The glasshouse backs onto the potting sheds. A working area with compost/ bulk materials storage ‘bins’ has been created and fruit cages and large areas of growing beds for cut flowers and vegetables. Other areas include the summer garden, spring and autumn woodland garden, lake walk with several planting areas on the terraces sloping down to lake, cascade steps, Japanese garden and arboretum woodland which will be a low maintenance area.

Applicants for this position will ideally hold horticultural qualifications with 3 or more years working within a formal garden setting. Applicants must be physically fit and experienced in the operation and maintenance of a wide range of horticultural machinery. The successful candidate will work under the guidance and supervision of the current Head Gardener within a team of four. Candidates will sometimes be required to supervise and mentor the more junior members of the gardens team. PA1 / PA6 spraying certificates and chainsaw licence would be desireable, however the employer is willing to provide any training for the right candidate. It is essential that potential candidates have a passion for horticulture and an ambition to pursue a career in private estate gardening

The position is a 5-day working week and the salary provided is up to £28,000 depending on experience. A full UK driving license is required.

SALARY:        Up to £28,000 depending on experience
LOCATION: Near Godalming, Surrey
JOB No:          EC50452

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

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