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Sole Gardener – Live In – EC7646 – This position has now been filled

From English Country Gardeners

A unique opportunity has arisen on a beautiful private estate near Winchester, for a hands-on Sole Gardener with a talent for creative plant use, to help complete the re-establishment of a garden.  This is a live-in position with a two-bedroom cottage offered to the successful candidate.  The position is also open to couples, as a vacancy for a housekeeper exists in addition to that of a Sole Gardener, however this opportunity is not open exclusively to couples so experienced gardeners are encouraged to submit an application, independent of the client’s requirement for a Housekeeper.

The property itself is surrounded by expansive views and is set within 112 acres of land (used primarily for livestock and managed by a neighbouring farmer) in the beautiful Hampshire countryside, approximately 8-miles east of the historic city of Winchester.  Due to recently completed development work on the site, the 3-4-acre garden offers huge potential but is currently in a condition that requires your creative input in conjunction with the owners’ ideas. 

Newly established garden features include a Ha-ha, terraced lawns, York stone paving, yew hedging, a roomed and walled rose garden with climbers (yet to be planted), and an Orangery/garden room.  Existing areas include maturing trees, long grass with mown paths, orchids, ornamental grasses and wildflowers.  Plans to plant an orchard are being discussed, so the successful applicant would be involved with this from the start of their employment.  There are no plans at present to create a kitchen garden, but the owners are open to the idea if the successful applicant has a passion for this aspect of horticulture.  An existing swimming pool will require basic maintenance and is to be surrounded with new planting.  This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced and flexible gardener with good physical fitness and plant knowledge, to play a leading role in the development of a low maintenance, yet beautiful garden.

The ideal candidate will hold spray and chainsaw certification and demonstrable gardening experience on private estates and/or horticulturally diverse gardens. Academic horticultural qualifications are desired but are not essential if considerable gardening experience can be demonstrated.  The ability to operate and carry out basic maintenance of garden machinery is essential, as is possession of a full UK driving licence.  Basic Arboricultural knowledge will be of benefit to ensure successful development and care of young trees.

In addition to gardening duties, the new Sole Gardener should be willing to undertake general estate management tasks; basic swimming pool maintenance, general handyman duties and occasional walking/feeding of the 18-month-old black Labrador when the owners are away (typically a couple of nights per week and when on holiday).  General indoor/outdoor tasks will fall to the Sole Gardener or Housekeeper respectively, with the latter being responsible for security of the house (and shared care of the dog), for example.  

A Housekeeper is required to fulfil duties such as cleaning, washing, ironing, occasional cooking and helping with entertaining/dinner parties.  The property owners have three grown children who visit at weekends and holidays.  The housekeeper will be required to liaise with the Sole Gardener about certain aspects of the property.  It is essential that the Housekeeper possesses a full UK driving licence and their own car.  The position requires commitment of approximately 25hrs/week and is offered with on-site accommodation in addition to the stated salary.   Flexibility on accommodation is available as two vacant cottages are present on site; one for the Sole Gardener and one for the Housekeeper if these positions are not held by a couple.

As stated above, this opportunity is not exclusively open to couples.  Experienced gardeners are encouraged to apply, independent of the client’s requirement for a Housekeeper.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work alongside the owners to collaborate on the design and ongoing development of the garden.  Each of the above vacancies are full-time permanent roles and are available for immediate start, allowing for notice periods of the successful candidate(s)

LOCATION:  Winchester, Hampshire 
JOB No:  EC7646

If this Sole Gardener vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Mark Read on 01233 733510 or info@englishcountrygardeners.co.uk.

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