Sole Gardener – EC6823

From English Country Gardeners

An idyllic vacancy has arisen for an experienced and skilled Sole Gardener to take ownership of a stunning Luytens style garden near Windlesham in Surrey.  This position would suit an energetic and knowledgeable plants person with a creative eye.

The 3.5-acre garden comprises expansive areas of lawn which back directly onto a golf course, giving a delightful backdrop to the garden.  Two long beds are located in the main lawn: one herbaceous and one containing primarily azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons.  There are additional beds bordering the house which are planted out each Spring.  A large patio area with a sunken pond stocked with Coy and water plants.  Climber plants such as roses, wisteria, jasmine and ivy are planted all around the house and require appropriate species-specific pruning and maintenance.  A glasshouse is used for plant propagation and growing and will require management by the successful applicant.  The garden also contains a cutting flower area and fruit trees; apples, pear, plum and damson.

The Sole Gardener will play a key role in the ongoing development of the gardens, alongside the owners.  General duties will include all aspects of seasonal garden care and ornamental horticulture as well as lawn maintenance, operation and basic maintenance of garden machinery, pruning of the above species and any other horticultural duties that may arise.  There is considerable scope for development of the garden and the owners are open to new ideas.  As such, applicants should have a keen eye for basic design and associated plant use.

The ideal candidate for this role will be knowledgeable and experienced at Skilled/Sole/Senior level and will preferably hold academic horticultural qualifications at Level 3 or above.  Demonstrable skill and experience in pruning is essential, as is excellent knowledge of garden management, good time management skills and excellent attention to detail.  Applicants must be loyal and be trustworthy, self-motivated and interested in assisting with ongoing development of the garden through discussions with the owner, who takes an active interest in the garden.  Some flexibility in hours will be considered but will be based around 08:00 – 16:00, Monday to Friday.

SALARY:       £30,000 – £35,000 DOE
LOCATION:  Windlesham, Surrey
JOB No:          EC6823

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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