Skilled Gardener – Live Out – EC7688

From English Country Gardeners

A rare opportunity has arisen for a Skilled Gardener to work alongside, and provide guidance to, an existing small team on a beautiful private estate in Hertfordshire.  The impressive period property is framed by gardens designed by a highly respected Chelsea Gold Medal winning designer.

The new Skilled Gardener, along with the team, will liaise with the Head Gardener on a regular basis and impart their horticultural knowledge to the team from a hands-on perspective.

The privately-owned estate encompasses approximately 40-acres, of which five are gardens maintained to a very high standard. The gardens are open once a year at the end of May as part of the NGS scheme, and as testament to their popularity, have broken the regional record for the most successful turnout in a day. The varied site includes a ¾ acre walled garden containing ornamental borders, fruit trees, bushes and beds dedicated to vegetable production, and a 4 ¼ acre ornamental garden with water features, trees, shrubs, perennials borders, rose parterre, formal hedging and many other elements.  Glasshouses on site are used for propagation, growing vegetables, overwintering citrus and a few ornamentals.  The remainder of the estate encompasses paddocks/ménage, a tennis court, swimming pool and parkland.

The garden team are noted for their small but much-praised production of fruit and vegetables, of which some are used for home-made preserves and juices. The estate also provides a home for various animals; a small herd of Dexter cattle, Texel sheep, chickens and horses.

A vacancy has arisen for a Skilled Gardener with a particular passion and skill for productive kitchen gardening.  Applications are sought from experienced private estate gardeners who have excellent experience and understanding of ornamental and productive horticulture, seasonal garden management, a great work ethic and communication skills and a positive, friendly character.  Skill in seasonal fruit and vegetable propagation, care and harvesting are required as the Skilled Gardener will be, alongside the Head Gardener, responsible for the management of the productive side of the garden.

Good physical fitness and a commitment to the garden is necessary, as is the ability to provide guidance to colleagues with diplomacy and a positive attitude.  Chemical spray certificate and chainsaw licenses are both desirable, but not essential.  A full driving license and your own transport are required for this role as the estate is situated in a rural location.

SALARY:       Circa £30,000 DOE
LOCATION:  Ayot-St-Lawrence, Hertfordshire 
JOB No:          EC7688

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