Head Gardener

From English Country Gardeners

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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Head Gardener to join the mature garden of a residential property located near Cirencester, Gloucestershire. The owners now require an experienced gardener with a proven track record of managing a large English country garden to assist in the ongoing maintenance and potential development of the garden and grounds. This exciting vacancy would be great for someone looking to work in a beautiful part of the country and join the community making this opportunity a way of life.

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 a highly skilled candidate to keep the gardens at a high standard. 

Our client seeks an experienced gardener to help maintain the gardens on a year-round basis following the annual calendar. Applicants will possess an academic horticultural qualification, such as a Kew Diploma, RHS level 2 or equivalent, combined with extensive experience working in a similar role. As such, excellent plant knowledge and technical skills are essential for this position with experience in compost management, propagation, spraying, weeding and rejuvenating beds. A self-motivated, organised individual with a self-start attitude and proven track record of managing both a mature English country garden as well as a small team. A strong work ethic, ability to work to their own initiative and willingness to work to consistently high standards are qualities which are essential for this role. Candidates will be flexible and willing to extend their duties where needed. As such, this is a physically demanding position which requires a fit and strong individual who is comfortable working in all weathers.

General maintenance duties will include but are not limited to pruning, propagating, weeding, edging and compost management. Experience in managing a small team as well as contractors will be advantageous for prospective candidates. Experience in the use and maintenance of a wide range of gardening machinery as well as PA1 and PA6 spraying certificates, and a chainsaw certification are desirable for this position. The house is equipped with machinery, which the gardener should be capable of maintaining between services.

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 £60,000 depending on experience
LOCATION:  Gloucestershire
JOB No:  EC63006

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