Skilled Gardener

From English Country Gardeners

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An interesting and diverse opportunity has become available for a pro-active Skilled Gardener to work within a small team on a stunning 250-acre private country estate based in Surrey. This opportunity would suit an enthusiastic, self-motivated, friendly and well-presented individual, with good communication skills, and who is happy to work with the team or alone.

The estate is across two areas, the gardens surrounding the main house consists of a 3-acre lake, kitchen garden that provide the house with fruit and vegetables, fruit trees, ornamental walled garden with folly and different seating areas which are regularly enjoyed. There are two greenhouses attached; a lean-to greenhouse and a nectarine house on the opposite side used to grow citrus trees. Up to about 6 acres around the main house is fenced in to protect the garden from deer and rabbits. Wisteria was brought in from Italy a few years back and has grown incredibly well creating a beautiful effect. Other areas include a pergola walk, several water features, herbaceous borders flanking the canal shaped lily pond, shrub borders and pots with bougainvillea and various shrubs. The house is perched on the top of a hill with expansive views to one side and a pinetum with large conifers and a variety of mature trees.

The gardens are continuously evolving, and the new owners are keen on conservation with the outer areas of the estate becoming increasingly important with time. Where the gardens were originally laid out in the early 2000 as more formal, the owners now are creating a more nature balanced environment, encouraging biodiversity and attracting birds such as ducks and geese to the ponds and bees by growing lush lawns and creating wildflower areas.

The Skilled Gardener will work across the whole estate and be involved in all aspects of garden maintenance plus enhancements, using an organic approach under the supervision of their knowledgeable and longstanding Head Gardener.

Applicants must have proven practical experience in gardening with a high-level attention to detail. A horticultural qualification is preferred but not essential and candidates must have a good understanding of safe working practices, a good knowledge of plants and enjoy working to a high standard. Experience with garden machinery including hedge cutters, ride on and walk behind mowers and ATV would be beneficial. A full UK driving licence is required due to the rural location of the property and on offer, references and a clear CRB check is required.

A competitive salary is provided with the role as well as 23 days holiday plus bank holidays and discretionary bonuses. Working hours are 07:30 to 16:30 Monday to Friday, with one hour each day for breaks and all staff are required to adhere to the no smoking policy on site.

SALARY: Circa £35,000 + DOE
JOB No: EC63024

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