Kitchen Gardener – Live Out – EC3227

From English Country Gardeners

A rare opportunity has arisen for a Kitchen Gardener to join the small team on this beautiful private estate in Hertfordshire. The impressive period property is framed by gardens designed by a highly respected seven-time Chelsea Gold Medal Winner, who continues to be involved with the gardens at a consultative level. This is an excellent opportunity to work in a stunning garden alongside a highly-respected garden designer and horticulturalist, and an excellent opportunity to build upon your existing skills and knowledge.

The privately owned estate encompasses approximately 30 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 recently broken the regional record for the most successful turnout in a day. The varied site comprises of a ¾ acre walled garden, a 1 ½ acre ornamental garden with water features, trees, shrubs, perennials and a long list of additional features, plants and areas beyond. Glasshouses on site are used for propagation and the storage of tender house plants. The remainder of the estate encompasses paddocks/ménage, a tennis court, rough grassland and a swimming pool. 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 (cows, sheep, horses etc.) so you may be asked to assist in their management at times.

Due to the departure of a long-serving employee, an opening has arisen for a skilled and experienced Kitchen Gardener to join the remaining team of four Gardeners. Applicants for the role should be passionate horticulturalists and experienced with a wide range of garden tasks, plants and machinery, including most essentially the growing and management of fruit and vegetable crops. You will be working under the direction of the existing Head Gardener; a very knowledgeable horticulturalist and well-respected educator and mentor at the estate.

A full driving licence and your own transport, a positive attitude and good sense of humour are essential. This is an excellent opportunity for the right candidate.

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

Thank you for the interest you have shown in this vacancy.  Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications that we receive, it is not possible to respond to every one.  Therefore, unless you hear from us within the next 14 days, your application will have been unsuccessful.