Head Gardener – Live In – EC6500

From English Country Gardeners

Our client is seeking a hands-on Head Gardener with drive and enthusiasm, who will relish the challenge of a recently refurbished garden and grounds near Newbury, keeping them to a high horticultural standard and taking part in the onward development of the gardens as a whole.

The 50-acre site underwent extensive re-development three years ago with the guidance of designers and consultants. The gardens are made up of ornamental borders (especially around the main house), a newly restored walled garden (for fruit, vegetables and cut flowers), an existing apple orchard, a lake and natural pond, woodland gardens, meadows, mature and newly planted parkland and a tennis court. The gardens are maintained organically and there is also a glasshouse for propagation and house plants.

The successful applicant will be hands on, manage two existing staff and will be involved in recruiting a third to complete the team. They will be responsible for the woodland, parkland, borders, walled garden and the glasshouse. They will report to the owners of the house and will liaise with the house manager and chef to provide fruit, vegetables and cut flowers for the house therefore kitchen gardening experience is essential.

Applicants should have previously been a Senior or Head Gardener on a private estate. They should have enthusiasm and passion to maintain the gardens to the highest level and to keep them moving forward, developing new areas. They should have excellent communication and man-management skills and be self-motivated. They will enjoy working as part of a team, leading the garden team and collaborating with others across the estate. Excellent plant knowledge, horticultural skills and experience of organic gardening are essential. They must hold a full UK driving licence.

A small two-bedroom cottage is available for the successful candidate. The cottage is off site, about a 15 minute drive away, and council tax will be covered by the employer. All other bills such as internet and electricity are the tenant’s responsibility. Partners, children and pets are welcome.

SALARY:        £30,000 – £35,000 depending on experience
LOCATION: Near Newbury, Berkshire
JOB No:         EC6500

If this Head Gardener vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Sara Yassin on 01233 733510 or

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