Sole Gardener

From English Country Gardeners

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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Sole Gardener to join the garden and grounds of a beautiful residential property located near Flitwick in Bedfordshire. The owner requires a skilled gardener to manage the ongoing maintenance of the gardens and grounds.

The estate is a total of 72 acres, which is a mixture of farmland, pastures, parkland and formal garden. The gardens surround the principal dwelling, with a lawned area to the front elevation, either side of the driveway and to the rear, leading out to an area of parkland of about 37 acres. To the side of the house is a further lawn with a water feature with paved walkway and herbaceous borders together with a sunken pond with landscaped banks and mature trees. The Sole Gardener will be responsible for the parkland and about a 5-acre formal garden which includes lawns, formal bed planting, water features including two large ponds, extensive hedging, planted pots and containers. The formal gardens are enclosed predominantly by parkland fencing.

The Sole Gardener will be responsible for maintaining the gardens on a year-round basis. Applicants will ideally possess an academic horticultural qualification, such as an RHS level 2 or equivalent, combined with several years’ experience working in a similar role. Excellent plant knowledge and technical skills are essential for this position. General maintenance duties will include but are not limited to pruning, planting, weeding, mowing, strimming, and edging.

Our client is looking for someone with a proactive approach, who can offer suggestions for the management and improvement of the gardens and parklands and who can work independently to bring these improvements to fruition. As such, this is a physically demanding position which requires a fit and strong individual who is comfortable working in all weathers.

Applicants should have a ‘can do’ attitude. A self-motivated individual with 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.

The house is equipped with machinery, which the gardener should be capable of maintaining between services. Experience in the use and maintenance of a wide range of gardening machinery is required as well as a full driving licence to the rural location of the property. PA1 and PA6 spraying, and chainsaw certification are a requirement for this position or the willingness to acquire the tickets for the role.

The hours of work for this position are 8:00am-4.30pm, Monday-Friday with a coffee break 10:00-10:30am, and lunch break 1pm-1:30pm. Please note, the successful candidate will be subject to a DBS check.

SALARY:  up to £40,000 depending on experience
LOCATION:  near Flitwick, Bedfordshire
JOB No:  EC49886

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