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Skilled Gardener – Live Out – EC5597

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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a skilled gardener with a keen interest in organic horticulture to join a team of gardeners maintaining and developing a Grade II landscaped Edwardian Garden near Box, Wiltshire.  

The 8 acres of formal gardens consists of an organic kitchen garden providing a range of vegetable produce, orchard and fruit trees, an ornamental garden with extensive lawns, topiary including yew and box hedging, herbaceous borders with pleached beech, a beautifully grown laburnum tunnel, wild flowers areas and mature trees and perennials. The gardens are set in invested horticultural land/an organic farm. The formal gardens are kept private and open to the public 3 times a year under the National Garden Scheme.

The extensive plantings that surround the Manor are undergoing considerable redevelopment by the owners and the Head Gardener. The ideal candidate will have an eye for detail and a strong interest in getting involved in a rejuvenating and renewal project. He/She will be responsible for the care and maintenance of the 8 acres of gardens and grounds to a high horticultural standard and with minimal supervision. This would include maintaining the kitchen garden, growing a wide array of fruits and vegetables, lawncare, hedge cutting, pruning, transplanting, weeding, etc. A working knowledge of plant propagation and glasshouses is required as the successful candidate will assist in the efficient running of various glasshouses.

The ideal candidate will hold an academic horticultural qualification (preferably at Level 3) and have experience working on large private estates. They will have good plant knowledge, an understanding of health and safety regulations and experience in the use and basic maintenance of hand tools and garden machinery. The role reports into the Head Gardener and the successful candidate will work alongside other members of staff therefore good communications skills is important.

Additional responsibilities may include making small local deliveries and collections with the use of an Estate vehicle, therefore a clean UK driving licence is essential. He/She will take part in a weekend rota of 1 in 4 weekends to cover glasshouse work and other requirements throughout the growing season. The successful candidate should be prepared to work outside in all weathers, have the determination and drive to get a job done and a have a vision for maintaining and enhancing the garden as required.

This is an exciting opportunity for a skilled gardener who has experience in organic practices, good attention for detail and can work on their own initiative.

SALARY:        Circa £25k depending on experience     

LOCATION:   Box, Wiltshire

JOB No:          EC5597

If this Skilled Gardener vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Sara Yassin on 01233 733510 or info@englishcountrygardeners.co.uk.

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