Head Gardener

From English Country Gardeners

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Ref – EC10687

An excellent opportunity has arisen for a qualified and experienced Head Gardener to lead a small team on a beautiful private estate near Alresford, Hampshire.  The welcoming family currently employ 2 skilled gardeners and are looking for a knowledgeable Head Gardener to come onboard to manage the garden and lead the team.

Built in the late 1700’s, the Grade II listed house is situated within 45-acres of parkland with formal gardens of approximately 13-acres, originally laid out by Richard Woods; a contemporary of Capability Brown.  The grounds have been painstakingly restored to the original plans in several phases over the years, most recently since 2004 by the current owner, with more sensitive restoration planned.  The property owners are passionate about the gardens, such that only tree, shrub and flower species available in the mid-1700’s, have been used in the restoration. 

The formal aspect of the garden includes expansive lawns, hedges, a pool, herbaceous borders, a large kitchen garden, mixed beds/borders, ornamental shrubberies, young and mature/ancient specimen trees with woodland walks, topiary, a considerable Ha-ha and much more, all with impressive vistas across the estate and surrounding South Downs.

As Head Gardener you will be responsible for all aspects of the gardens and therefore need to be self-motivated, proficient at organising your own routine and staff under your supervision whilst being able to remain flexible in your approach to work.

Applicants for this position will ideally be academically qualified to Level 2 or above and are confident in their plant knowledge, with excellent attention to detail, can implement good health and safety in the garden, and are driven to inspire a committed team of gardeners. Spray certificates (PA1/PA6) and chainsaw competence certification are desirable and a full clean driving licence, good physical fitness and experience with a wide range of garden machinery are required for the role.

This is an exciting opportunity for a qualified and experienced Head Gardener to join a historically significant estate and garden, lead a driven team, and work for friendly and interested employers. 

SALARY:       Circa £30,000 plus accommodation
LOCATION:  Winchester, Hampshire
JOB No:          EC10687

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

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