Gardens Manager – Live Out – EC6184

From English Country Gardeners

An excellent opportunity has arisen for an experienced Gardens Manager to manage and develop beautiful estate gardens set within the heart of London, owned by the same family spanning 300 years. Historic garden squares and dynamic open spaces provide a relaxing and spacious retreat for residents and visitors in Chelsea.

The estate’s 93-acres span a vibrant neighbourhood renowned for its unique mix of cultural attractions, stunning homes, international flagship stores, independent boutiques and lively cafes, bars and restaurants. The variety across the gardens consists of lawns, tennis courts, richly planted beds and statuary. Unusual plants such as black bamboo, maples, magnolias and palms and also host an impressive selection of trees and exotic plants such as Brazilian pepper tree, a Chinaberry tree, an old Persian Ironwood Tree and mulberry trees, much of which stand in once was a Repton garden lost to the war.

This is a fantastic opportunity for a Gardens Manager to create a lasting legacy developing and maintaining standards across 14 private garden squares as well as open and commercial high net worth spaces within the estate. The Gardens Manager will propose and implement weekly, monthly and annual programmes of work to include progressively raising standards with effective maintenance of all gardens and open spaces on the estate. The candidate will provide their horticultural expertise and will be expected to plan and budget for best value whilst achieving the objectives set out within the programmes of work. They will manage the administration of all garden task related operations, ensuring the professional maintenance of all digital tree, plant and financial records. Working closely with their direct manager and the gardens administration team, the successful candidate will make proposals where there is a need to consult outside of agreed authority. The role will also include the exciting opportunity to organise and implement a small number of successful garden events for charitable causes.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the direct management, safety, personal development and motivation of a garden team of four; one employee and three contractors. The Gardens Manager will also work closely with arboriculture specialists to oversee the delivery of the estate’s Tree Policy – both in terms of safety and sustainability. They will oversee the digital data collection (tree inspection programs and associated tree work), ensure compliance of all Health and Safety legislation and requirements in accordance with current Health and Safety at work and other relevant legislation.  It is paramount that the Gardens Manager captures the health and safety inspections using a digital data collection system. Experience with digital data collection applications and programs is therefore required of all applicants for this role. The successful applicant would need to manage contractors to ensure value for money, adherence with the estate’s processes, and for health and safety.

 The ideal candidate will be a qualified Horticulturalist with a minimum of 10 years’ relevant experience, supported by evidence of the innovative development and implementation of programs of work and long-term garden planning. They will have an eye for enhancing open spaces with attractive planting regimes. Good verbal communication skills and a positive attitude are essential, as is the ability to ensure customer satisfaction by acting as an ambassador for the estate.

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced, Gardens Manager who is confident to lead the development, maintenance and flair to maximise their beauty standing within this impressive garden community.

SALARY:        Up to £50,000 depending on experience
LOCATION:   Chelsea, London
JOB No:         EC6184

If this Gardens Manager vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Sara Yassin on 01233 733510 or info@englishcountrygardeners.co.uk.

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