Sole Gardener

From English Country Gardeners

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Sole Gardener required

A unique position has arisen on a beautiful private estate near Winchester for a hands-on experienced Gardener with a talent for creative plant use, to help complete the re-establishment of a garden.  This is a live-in position with a two-bedroom cottage offered to the successful candidate.  

The property itself is surrounded by expansive views and is set within 117 acres of land (used primarily for livestock and managed by a neighbouring farmer) in the beautiful Hampshire countryside, approximately 8-miles east of the historic city of Winchester.  Due to recently completed landscaping work on the site over the last 14 months, the 3-4-acre garden offers huge potential for the next phase that would incorporate creative input of the successful candidate in conjunction with the owners’ ideas.   

Newly established garden features include a flint Ha-ha, terraced lawns, York stone paving, yew hedging, a roomed and walled rose garden with climbers, and an Orangery/garden room.  Existing areas include maturing trees, long grass with mown paths, orchids, and wildflowers in recently sowed meadows.  Plans to plant an orchard are being discussed, so the successful applicant would be involved with this from the start of their employment.  Plans are progressing to establish an intimate cutting garden/kitchen garden for the successful applicant to advance further this year.  An existing swimming pool will require basic maintenance and is now surrounded with new planting.   

This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced and flexible Head Gardener with good physical fitness and plant knowledge to play a leading role in enriching the classical nature of the re-established gardens.  The property is in a beautiful location, amongst parkland with far reaching views to the South Downs.  

The ideal candidate will hold spray and chainsaw certification and demonstrable gardening experience on private estates and/or horticulturally diverse gardens. Academic horticultural qualifications are desired but are not essential if considerable gardening experience can be demonstrated via previous work and references.  The ability to operate and carry out basic maintenance of garden machinery is essential, as is possession of a full UK driving licence.  Basic Arboriculture knowledge will be of benefit to ensure successful development and care of young trees. 

In addition to gardening duties, the new Sole Gardener should be willing to undertake general estate management tasks as well as oversee tasks for an assistant gardener/handyman already living on site.  This vacancy is for full-time permanent and is available from the end of April, allowing for notice periods of the successful candidate(s).  

SALARY:       Circa £27,500 DOE

LOCATION:  Winchester, Hampshire 

JOB No:          EC27228

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