Walled Kitchen Gardener

From English Country Gardeners

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The client is looking for a suitably qualified gardener to be responsible for the planning, development and maintenance of a modest walled garden which is situated within a larger 1000 acre estate. The walled garden has recently gone through renovation works and will be completed by April this year. The walled garden consists of productive beds, greenhouses, wall trained fruit trees, rill and additional water features, large oak pergola and terraced area which is used for entertaining.

The ideal candidate will be a keen horticulturist / plant person with a good knowledge of fruit, vegetable and cut flower production. The kitchen garden will provide the owners with fresh produce and cut flowers, with additional produce supplying a local restaurant. There are three large greenhouses with the intention of setting aside one of these as a hot house to provide a space in which to grow more specialist plants and produce. The successful candidate will be responsible for the walled garden but there is support available form the wider gardens / estate team. The post holder will be required to liaise with the owners and household staff to determine supply and demand and to plan the season accordingly. The space currently has a contemporary design and has formal ornamental areas which are used for the owners to entertain / socialise. Therefore, it is important that the garden is maintained and always well presented.

Applicants will ideally have a minimum of 3 years’ experience in a similar role; however the owners are happy to accept applications from a range of suitably qualified candidates. The owners want someone to take ownership of the walled garden and work with their own autonomy reporting directly to the estate manager whilst being confident liaising with the owners and household staff.

SALARY:        £30,000 – £35,000 depending on experience

LOCATION: Hartfield, East Sussex

JOB No:          EC54456

If this Walled Kitchen Gardener vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Matthew Parker on 01233 733510 or info@englishcountrygardeners.co.uk.

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