Position Filled

Head Gardener

From English Country Gardeners

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A rare opportunity has arisen for a talented horticulturist to join a stunning private estate based in Hampshire on a full-time permanent basis. This position will suit an experienced Senior Gardener looking to take the next step in their career, or an existing Head Gardener with a desire to take on a large and diverse garden in order to utilise their full horticultural skill set.

The property that borders the New Forest, boasts a rich history dating back to the 11th century. The estate has been the residence for the family for the past 6 years and went through extensive renovations upon purchase, including a wide range of brand-new garden tools and machinery. The 25-acre gardens contain many elements including superbly landscaped formal lawns, herbaceous borders, a Victorian walled garden growing a variety of fruit and vegetable for the main household. There are multiple flowerbeds, including many roses, boxed hedges, a large glasshouse growing mostly geraniums for the garden, an indoor swimming pool, tennis court, perennials, and annuals. In addition to the garden setting there is mature woodland, spring fed marsh gardens and a delightful natural duck pond. Also on site is a significant equestrian complex including a dressage arena, stabling with eight loose boxes, tack room, a floodlit outdoor arena and six substantial water fed paddocks.

Suitable applicants will ideally possess academic horticultural qualifications and experience in horticulturally diverse gardens, good physical fitness, and excellent plant identification and management skills.  Practical experience with a full range of garden machinery is desired, including chemical spray certificates and chainsaw operation. Applicants should be equally passionate, energetic and experienced hands-on professionals with an ability to manage an Assistant Gardener, whom the client is also recruiting for.

This is a family run estate therefore discretion is required at all times. This exciting vacancy would be great for someone looking to settle in a beautiful part of the country and join the community making this opportunity a way of life.

Working hours are Monday to Friday with flexible hours depending on the season. The principles are in residence July and August, and therefore additional hours are required during this time. A 3 bed, or 1 bedroom property can be available to those who are seeking accommodation. Please note that pets, dependants, and smokers are not accepted. An offer to the successful candidate will be based on reference checks.

LOCATION:  Brockenhurst, Hampshire

SALARY:  Up to £45,000 depending on experience

JOB No:  EC51385

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

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