Plantarea Manager

Plantarea Manager required

Job Ref G024

An exciting opportunity for an experienced Plantarea Manager to join a family run, independent garden centre near Wigan. Established in the 1980's, this thriving garden centre offers a wide range of plants, garden furniture, homeware and garden related products to local customers and passing coach parties from the nearby M6 motorway. The garden centre also contains a range of franchises including well known national brands. As Plantarea Manager you will play a vital role in delivering excellent customer service, increasing plant sales, and enhancing plant displays on the centre. The company has plans to further expand the plant offer and is looking for a passionate and driven individual to deliver sales growth while maintaining margins and high standards.

Job Brief

As a Plantarea Manager, you will deliver an exceptional service to customers, ensuring the quality of the plants are presented to a high standard. In this fast-pace, hands on role, you will focus on all areas of plant care/sales. You will also have key-holder responsibilities and deputise in the absence of the Garden Centre Manager.

Key Responsibilities
  • Working with the Centre Manager to ensure the smooth running of the Plantarea.
  • Working proactively, enthusiastically and with drive to succeed.
  • Key Holder – Acting as Duty Manager in the absence of the Centre Manager on their weekday and alternate weekend off work and providing cover for the Centre Manager when on business days off site, days off or holiday/sickness.
  • Working closely with the company plant buyer to make sure the centre is displaying an appealing range of stock
  • Keeping track of all department KPI’s, identifying best sellers and weaker lines and reporting back to wider management.
  • Checking and receiving deliveries of product following the required procedure.
  • Merchandising of product to the required standards.
  • Maintenance of stock through watering and health control to the required standard, ensuring wastage is minimized.
  • Maintaining signage to the required standard for Merchandising and Sales.
  • Develop, motivate, and lead your team and monitor their performance and ongoing training.
  • Work with your team to make sure we continue to deliver an unrivalled plant offering 
  • Ensuring a high level of customer service is maintained.
  • Ensuring all staff in the plantarea area are fully informed and carry out their duties in an efficient manner.
Candidate Skills 

As the Plantarea Manager, you’ll need to have the following experience:

  • A proven track record in garden centre retailing with several years’ experience working in a Plantarea of Nursery
  • Extensive plant knowledge
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • A strong understanding of EPOS systems
  • A strong work ethic and an entrepreneurial spirit
  • A qualification in a horticultural subject would also be an advantage
  • Forklift licence and PA1 & PA6 spraying certificates are strongly desirable but not essential
  • A full clean driving licence is essential for this role.

If you have experience in any of the following areas, we would like to hear from you.

  • Nursery Manager
  • Nursery Supervisor
  • Nursery Team Leader
  • Plantarea Assistant/Supervisor
  • Plantarea Assistant Manager. 

If this Plantarea Manager vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Sophie Sharpe on 01233 732767 or sophie@horticruitment.com.

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Sales Executive

Sales Executive required
Job Ref V001

Our client is a family owned, leading domestic landscape business based in the West Midlands, that has been established for nearly 50 years, offering an extensive range of homegrown, quality plant material. Customers from the trade, design, landscape, and commercial sectors can tap into their wealth of experience and horticultural knowledge to guide them through their plant selections. As part of the company’s ambitious growth and diversification plans, they have expanded their wholesale Cash & Carry operations at their 7-acre Nursery site. The company has plans to expand further its trading activity into the landscape market and thus has created an exciting opportunity for a self-motivated person with a can-do attitude to join their friendly, people focused team as Sales Executive to grow alongside the business.

Job Description:

This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who wishes to develop a great career in a modern, creative company with great values. The role requires a person to manage, develop and grow sales through the Cash & Carry unit and build sales into the local landscaping marketplace. You will be working with the management team to ensure that the nursery is stocked with the appropriate product lines that meet the needs to the clients whilst ensuring regular stock turn to enable to nursery to maintain high quality standards, including being creatively displayed and presented. The role involves working closely with Procurement, despatch, and production to ensure that as a team the company deliver a great service to their clients.

Main Duties:
  • Generating new clients and promoting the business in the local area, whilst growing existing accounts
  • Assisting clients with their purchases on the Cash & Carry with suitable plant selections
  • Pricing incoming Cash & Carry stock and customer enquiries to maximise potential profit margins
  • Ensuring sales orders are processed efficiently, whilst following up on quotes and where possible convert to orders
  • Working closely with marketing to ensure well targeted marketing spend, providing contend and ideas, and helping in the development of the online sales platform
  • Attending trade stands and events to promote the company
  • Looking at new stock lines that add value
  • Working with Procurement to build a suitable supplier base and assisting with forward planning for future stock requirements

This position would suit someone who has experience in a customer facing role, preferably in a horticultural environment such as a Garden Centre, nursery, or related industry. The ideal candidate will need to be reliable with a passion for customer service, have a positive attitude, be well organised and be able to work well under pressure.

Additional Information
  • Working hours 8am – 5pm Monday to Friday
  • 40-hour week
  • Pension scheme with up to 3% contribution matching
  • 23 Days holiday per annum plus public holidays
  • Staff discount

If this Sales Executive vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Sophie Sharpe on 01233 732767 or sophie@horticruitment.com.

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Field & Specimen Controller

Field & Specimen Controller required

Job Ref P052

Located near Ashford, the nursery produces and supplies a large range of premium quality plants to the landscape and amenity markets. They currently have a new opportunity available to work within a dynamic, professional and successful business.

Job Description:

The client is looking for an ambitious and enthusiastic person with a natural horticultural flair to join their production team. The aim of the role is to drive their tree and specimen production numbers and quality forward to meet current and future demands.

The controller will have overall responsibility for all field grown stock, plus the specimen and containerised tree run areas. Reporting to the Head of Nursery Operations, duties will include overseeing a small team of up to 6 staff, carrying out all planting, husbandry, potting and lifting activities. As an ideal candidate you will have extensive production experience (preferably working with trees) and a good understanding of the horticultural industry. You will be self-motivated, efficient, and methodical with very good leadership, organisational and communication skills. Good plant knowledge and great attention to detail are essential.

A clean driving licence would also be beneficial. Full induction training will be provided for the role. Normal working hours are 7.30am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday (Saturday morning working and working additional hours may be necessary during peak times).

Key role responsibilities include:
  • Ensure all staff are appropriately trained and their training is kept up to date to ensure safe working practices when working with heavy machinery.
  • Ensure adherence to the Company’s health & safety policies and processes. always maintaining a safe working area.
  • Develop yearly production plans with the technical controller and ensure programmes are being followed by the team.
  • Maintain quality of all products grown in fields and containers and take appropriate action where required to ensure the best possible standards.
  • Actively involved in trying new products, growing techniques, and assisting with supplier visits; keeping up to date with developments in the industry.
  • Ensure stock takes are being done according to established schedules.
  • Liaise with the team and Head of Nursery Operations to ensure planning of labour, resources and materials is accurate and timely.
  • Help develop new protocols and procedures to enhance and streamline ways of working and develop KPIs to drive the business forward.

If this Field & Specimen Controller vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Matt Parker on 01233 732767 or matthew@horticruitment.com.

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Commercial Sales Executive

Commercial Sales Executive required

Job Ref P051

Located near Ashford, the nursery produces and supplies a large range of premium quality plants to the landscape and amenity markets. They currently have a new opportunity available to work within a dynamic, professional and successful business.

Job Description:

The company is looking for an ambitious and enthusiastic person with a natural sales ability to join the commercial sales team. You will be involved in the day-to-day processing of sales enquiries and estimates, their follow-up and successful conversion through to order. The ability to focus on delivering company targets and margins while maintaining the standards demanded by the client is key.

Reporting to the Head of Sales and Marketing, you will take responsibility for the account management of a selected range of clients, seeking out profitable new business and developing existing relationships within an agreed framework. As an ideal candidate you will have extensive sales and customer service experience and a good understanding of the landscape supply market. You will be self-motivated, efficient, and methodical with very good organisational, communication and IT skills.

Good plant knowledge and great attention to detail are essential. A clean driving licence would also be beneficial. Full induction training will be provided for the role. Normal working hours are 7.30am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday (Saturday morning working and working additional hours may be necessary during peak times).

Key role responsibilities include:
  • Taking responsibility for a range of key accounts to nurture and develop mutually beneficial partnerships
  • Taking enquiries from clients by phone or email, processing the enquiry or forwarding on where outside the brief of the team
  • Issuing sales estimates and orders through our business management system SAP B1, maintaining responsibility for those transactions through the process
  • Working within the business framework from enquiry to delivery, paying close attention to margins and profitability
  • Gathering and sharing product and market information
  • Attending trade events as required to represent the business
  • Escorting visitors around the site to facilitate sales, as directed by the line manager
  • Providing support to other team members in their absence to ensure that all customers consistently receive the best service possible

If this Commercial Sales Executive vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Matt Parker on 01233 732767 or matthew@horticruitment.com.

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Experienced Gardener

An exciting opportunity has become available for an Experienced Gardener to join an incredible private estate that has gone through a monumental restoration of the buildings, gardens and grounds. The position is a full time and permanent role and is based in Surrey.

The 500-acre grounds are entirely new, based loosely on the historic gardens that were lost in the 1960’s. The grounds have been designed to consist of garden areas, a few of those areas are as follows; Forecourt with formal parterre planting beds with hedges and a topiary yew centrepiece surrounded by close cut formal lawns. These beds have a changing display of bulbs and annual flowering plants to provide year-round interest and will require careful maintenance and regular replanting with the gardeners either ordering in or propagating and growing on the required plants. The grotto entrance is surrounded by coniferous trees planted to create woodland clump when viewed from the park. Shrub and herbaceous planting above the grotto to frame the sculpture/urn here. The garden walk is an elegant repeat of shrub and herbaceous ground including planting around the outsides of the garden terrace. The Southern walk becomes part of the Garden terrace with a seat looking back towards the south wing.

The Kitchen Terrace and Pool Terrace planting is entirely in large timber planters. Small clipped standard trees surrounded with seasonal annuals. Both terraces have the same layout, but the Pool terrace is in the shade of the house for much of the day whereas the Kitchen Terrace is mostly in full sunlight. The walled garden is divided into a quartered layout with gravel paths on the cross axis and around the perimeter walls. The central area is a simple meadow and fruit trees feature arbours in each quadrant. A new glasshouse has been built to accommodate house plants, seedlings and tender plants. The glasshouse backs onto the potting sheds. A working area with compost/ bulk materials storage ‘bins’ has been created and fruit cages and large areas of growing beds for cut flowers and vegetables. Other areas include the summer garden, spring and autumn woodland garden, lake walk with several planting areas on the terraces sloping down to lake, cascade steps, Japanese garden and arboretum woodland which will be a low maintenance area.

Applicants for this position will ideally hold horticultural qualifications with 3 or more years working within a formal garden setting. Applicants must be physically fit and experienced in the operation and maintenance of a wide range of horticultural machinery. The successful candidate will work under the guidance and supervision of the current Head Gardener within a team of four. Candidates will sometimes be required to supervise and mentor the more junior members of the gardens team. PA1 / PA6 spraying certificates and chainsaw licence would be desireable, however the employer is willing to provide any training for the right candidate. It is essential that potential candidates have a passion for horticulture and an ambition to pursue a career in private estate gardening

The position is a 5-day working week and the salary provided is up to £28,000 depending on experience. A full UK driving license is required.

SALARY:        Up to £28,000 depending on experience
LOCATION: Near Godalming, Surrey
JOB No:          EC50452

If this Experienced Gardener vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Matt Parker on 01233 733510 or info@englishcountrygardeners.co.uk.

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Thank you for the interest you have shown in this Experienced Gardener 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 for this Experienced Gardener vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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Gardener/Maintenance and Driver

Gardener/Maintenance and Driver required

Job Ref ADV431

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced gardener/maintenance/driver to join the current Head Gardener and Under Gardener to assist with the care and ongoing development of the gardens and maintenance of the estate.

Salary                            Up to £26,000 depending on experience
Locations                     Newbury, Berkshire, live out
Hours of work             8am-5pm with some later finishes if needed to drive
Essential                       Full Driver’s license
Starting                         February 2023

The role will involve working throughout the estate and assisting the team in the maintenance of the gardens/estate/house to a high standard.  A large part of the role is maintenance inside and outside the main house and other buildings i.e. clearing gutters, cleaning internal windows general DIY, valeting estate cars, raking gravel, swimming pool and tennis court/driving company cars.

The estate is varied and includes an extensive Kitchen Garden with a mix of vegetables, cut flowers, fruit and glasshouses.  Other features include herbaceous borders, ferneries, lakes and waterfalls with large lawn areas, hedgerows with rough grass areas that are in the process of being turned into meadows.

We are a small but very dedicated and friendly team and are looking for someone who is flexible and has experience in all aspects of garden and estate maintenance who is keen to learn about the gardens/estate and has a can-do attitude regardless of the job in hand. 

Experience with all garden machinery is a must, i.e. ride on mowers, strimmers, push mowers, hedge trimmers etc. A spray certificate would be an advantage as well as a chainsaw certificate, but training can be given upon successful completion of your trail period.

This is a fantastic opportunity to work closely with friendly and supportive owners on maintaining and managing their estate and gardens.

Readiness to work in a very hands-on manner with the utmost flexibility is essential the ideal candidate will have a positive outlook and friendly character he/she will be organised and have good time keeping.

To apply please send your CV and reference to Dan on farmerdan@live.co.uk

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Maintenance Team Leader

Maintenance Team Leader required

Job Ref N555

An excellent opportunity has arisen for an experienced Garden Maintenance Team Leader to join a friendly team with a well-respected company based in Sevenoaks. The company offers a full garden maintenance service for private and commercial clients in the wider area. Established since 2008 the majority of business continues to be generated via positive word of mouth; a testament to the high level of service provided by the team

Job Description:

Due to continued increase in business, a Maintenance Team Leader is required to join the team on a full-time permanent basis. Applicants must be conscientious and well presented with a positive attitude, as some interaction with property owners will be expected. You should be willing to work in all weather conditions and be physically able to undertake typical garden maintenance tasks with good attention to detail. The ideal candidate will be experienced in a range of gardening duties such as:

  • Hedge cutting
  • Lawn maintenance
  • Strimming
  • Leaf clearing
  • Pruning and planting
  • Bed and border maintenance
Candidate Skills 

Applicants should have a good level of maintenance gardening experience, good physical fitness, proficiency with a range of grounds maintenance machinery, and a positive friendly attitude. You will be guided by the general manager and owner where necessary, with support for the role. Candidates must:

  • Have reasonable plant knowledge, with a recognised horticultural qualification being highly desirable
  • Competence using most garden machinery
  • Be confident leading a team of two, occasionally three Maintenance Gardeners
  • Professionally liaise with customers when on site
  • Be able to tow a trailer with a ride on lawn mower
  • PA1 and PA6 spray certificates would be beneficial but not essential
  • A full UK driving licence and your own transport to and from work is essential

A typical working week will be Monday to Friday 7:30am – 4:30pm, however applications should expect seasonal variation, Candidates will be required to work 1 in 3 Saturdays on a rota basis.

This is a full time, permanent role with 28 days holiday per year including bank holidays

If this Maintenance Team Leader vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Sophie Sharpe on 01233 732767 or sophie@horticruitment.com.

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Horticulturalist Gardener

Horticulturalist Gardener required

Job Ref ADV429

Holiday: 28 days holiday (includes Bank Holidays)

Birthday day: All employees have their Birthday as paid holiday

Pay grade: £23,000 - £26,000- based on experience and qualifications

Reporting Relationships: Reporting to – Horticultural Director

Benefits:
  • Use of a company van
  • Uniform (All weather) and essential safety equipment
  • Training and Development opportunities
  • 20 days holiday plus bank holidays (per annum, pro rata)
  • All employees have their Birthday as paid holiday
  • Opportunities for overtime and flexible working hours

Start Date: As soon as possible

Working with us:

We are a small personable team dedicated to maintaining gardens with excellent horticultural standards within a 40-50 minute radius of Solihull. We focus on maintaining the borders, planting and overall planning and improvement of the garden to get the best results all year round. We ensure that gardens are pruned correctly at the right time of year, annual gardening tasks are carried out and the garden evolves to be better every year.

The business has two branches - garden design and garden maintenance - meaning that the role is varied and that we are involved with a host of exciting projects. Design and planting is especially interesting to us as we believe it makes a real difference to how clients use and enjoy their gardens during the seasons.

We have close links to landscapers and mowing contractors so though small, we are able to work together with others to plan and maintain larger gardens.

We are looking for someone who is passionate about horticulture, is ready to take that next step in their career and be a key player to develop themselves and the business going forward. The right person will have the same drive and enthusiasm to get stuck into the business and our exciting projects, creating and caring for inspiring, great gardens and will be properly recognised and rewarded for their valuable contribution.

Job summary:

We are looking for a passionate, personable and knowledgeable horticulturalist to maintain and improve a collection of privately owned gardens and small estates to a high standard.

The role will require a real drive and desire to deliver quality garden services to high-end residential houses. A hands-on and bright attitude is required to fit into the company culture and a thirst for knowledge to continue progressing within the role.

When working independently or with a colleague, you will take full responsibility of a van and tools, taking the lead in the decision-making for each gardening visit.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • To work under direct supervision of senior colleague/manager.
  • Be a people person, personable, well-mannered and presentable. This is particularly important as we deal with high-end clients
  • Full and clean UK driving license
  • Will be the responsibility of the employee to travel to/from jobs within approximately 30 mile radius of their home addresses (Dependant on home address location.)

(a)        Professional Skills:

  • To have Horticultural qualification(s)
  • To have a sound plant knowledge over a range of plant groups
  • To have theory and practical skill in hedge trimming and topiary (with plant health as the main priority)
  • To have good knowledge and practical skill in pruning and training plants (with plant health as the main priority)
  • To have good knowledge (including plants required) and practical skill in planting up, maintenance and watering of seasonal containers. (including plants required)
  • To have theory and practical skill in lawn maintenance
  • To have theory and knowledge of fruit tree pruning
  • To have knowledge vegetable growing
  • To have an overall good understanding of annual gardening tasks throughout the seasons
  • Confident with plant health and cross-contamination measures
  • Understanding of common pests and diseases with preventative and treatment methods.
  • Good knowledge of tools and how to use them effectively
  • To have an awareness of health and safety at work and adhere to safety procedures as necessary.
  • Proven experience using machinery.
  • The use and maintenance of hand tools and basic light machinery.
  • The use and care of cylinder and rotary mowers, hedgecutters, strimmers and leaf blowers
  • The use of larger tractor mowers and John Deere Gator or similar- at some jobs
  • Adjustments of mower height and quality of cut, etc. Oil level checks and checks for damage to any mower.
  • To ensure all equipment, machinery and buildings are secure
  • To manage own delegated work load independently.
  • Adhere to administration procedures promptly (such as timesheets, annual and bank holiday forms) and relay information to manager as required
  • Report any damaged equipment, any potential hazard and regularly check PPE and first aid box.
Personal Management

(b)        Interpersonal Skills:

  • You are expected to arrive promptly for work.
  • To be able to work independently or as part of a team
  • To be friendly, courteous and have a willingness to learn
  • To have a smart appearance
  • Tidy and considerate (side access is not always available so we often go through people’s homes)
  • To have good time management skills
  • To have an attention to detail approach but be able to work efficiently and effectively alone or as part of a team.
  • To be able to show initiative and take instruction as required
  • Knowledge of or the desire to learn more about horticulture, expand knowledge and attend courses
  • An appreciation of and understanding of garden design
  • The need to be flexible with working days and hours will be essential
  • To be responsible and pro-active for own learning and development.

www.neilwilkinsondesign.co.uk

 

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Lecturer in Horticulture

Lecturer in Horticulture required

Job Ref ADV430

Where you’ll work: This role is based at Hadlow College.

Your hours: 29.6 hours per week, 52 weeks per annum (FTE 0.8).

Your pay: Spine Points 32C (£28,000 full time equivalent) to 37 (£35,104 full time equivalent), rising to a ceiling of Spine Point 39 (£37,251 full time equivalent) with a full teaching qualification.

Working within North Kent College’s Horticulture curriculum area, an exciting opportunity has arisen for a suitability qualified, experienced and passionate individual to join the team as a Lecturer in Horticulture .

The horticulture department at Hadlow has invested heavily in new facilities to support the faculty including a new Venlo glasshouse, hydroponic facilities, vertical growing unit, innovative orchard and vineyard and specialist machinery to support including harvesters, robotic sprayers and drone technology.

You’ll be required to prepare, teach and assess at a variety of qualification levels, providing support and guidance to your learners as they progress through their studies.

Specialist knowledge in a field of horticulture would be advantageous, which may be enhanced by any relevant industry / professional experience, as well as a formal qualification that underpins this knowledge .

We need you to be a team player and an excellent communicator, able to maintain a proactive approach and an eye for detail whilst working to challenging deadlines.

Teaching experience, particularly within Further Education, would be advantageous but isn’t essential. Likewise, although a full teaching qualification (at Level 5 or above) isn’t required at this stage, you would need to secure this within 3 years of appointment.

In return, we’ll give you 42 days’ annual leave plus bank holidays (pro rata for part time contracts), and you’ll be enrolled onto the Teachers’ Pension Scheme which also includes life assurance. You’ll also benefit from free parking and have access to a range of onsite facilities including a nursery (Dartford and Gravesend campuses), restaurants and coffee shops.

For a full job description and to apply, please visit North Kent College’s staff vacancies page.

www.northkent.ac.uk/contact/work-for-us

The closing date for applications is Monday 12th December 2022.

North Kent College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and all staff have a responsibility to share and maintain this commitment. In line with the requirements of ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’, appropriate safeguarding checks (including an enhanced DBS check) will be undertaken on all individuals selected for appointment. Posts at the College, a specified establishment where the work gives opportunity for contact with children, are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974. It is an offence to apply for a post which involves engaging in regulated activity relevant to children if you are barred from doing so. Please be advised that, again in line with ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’, shortlisted candidates (who wish to accept an invite to interview) will be required to complete and submit prior to their interview a self-declaration of their criminal record or information that would make them unsuitable to work with children. Further guidance / information from the Ministry of Justice can be found on GOV.UK.

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Skilled Gardener

An excellent opportunity has arisen for a Skilled Gardener at a beautiful private estate near East Grinstead, West Sussex.  This is an exciting position for an experienced Skilled Gardener with enthusiasm and drive to work on a diverse garden to a high horticultural standard.

The 4-acre private estate is set on a hill with incredible expansive views.  The gardens consist of extensive lawns, a rose garden which the owners are keen to restore, a kitchen garden with raised beds and an orchard in the middle, tennis court at the bottom of the garden with a large pond behind it and the foundations a greenhouse is currently in the process of being built.

The Skilled Gardener position will focus on the high-level maintenance of the grounds with some minor developments.  The successful applicant will report in to the head gardener and will have sole focus on the garden.  A tree surgeon is brought in as and when required.  

The skilled gardener should have good plant knowledge, well developed understanding of garden hygiene and experience in using garden machinery, of which there is a full range. Readiness to work in a very hands-on manner with the utmost flexibility is essential. No aspect of regular garden maintenance should be outside their range from feeding to tree planting to weeding to watering. Chainsaw and Spraying certificates would be an advantage and due to the rural locality and no public transport available, a driving licence is essential. 

Additional duties may be required on an occasional basis for example feeding the chickens or jet washing the tennis courts.  

SALARY:        Circa £28,000 depending on experience         
LOCATION: Near East Grinstead, West Sussex
JOB No:          EC50044

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

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Thank you for the interest you have shown in this Skilled Gardener 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 for this Skilled Gardener vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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