Sole Gardener

Sole Gardener required

A fantastic opportunity has become available on a beautiful private estate Southwest of Basingstoke, Hampshire. The position is full time and permanent and the owners are looking for a Gardener with experience and a genuine passion for horticulture to maintain and enhance their garden.  

The traditional country house is surrounded by mature and well kept gardens that extend to approximately 7 acres including ‘The Long Walk’ and arboretum extending to the north of the property. The remaining 5 acres consist of an area partly walled, with an enclosed kitchen garden, fruit cages, greenhouse and 2 polytunnels. The garden area to the south of the House (which is east facing onto Parkland which forms part of the farm) consists of lawns, shrubbery, herbaceous borders with shrubs and low growing plants. There is a long south facing formal border, and an east facing border with high brick wall. There are managed areas of long grass with spring snowdrops and daffodils planted out with formal trees, and a wooded area at the end of the garden.

The whole garden and Long Walk is stocked with mature trees with new planting and restocking trees and shrubs. There are three large area of lawns to the south, west and north of the main house, swimming pool and tennis court. The soil type is free draining and alkaline with some areas neutral. There is a machinery and equipment store, with a wide range of suitable equipment for the garden’s upkeep, strimmers, hedge cutters and Kubota ride on lawn mowers. The gardens are kept private but the owners encourage small groups who visit an adjacent recreational facility to use the gardens.

The current gardener will be retiring in September and the owners are ideally looking for a gardener to start at the estate on the 1st of October 2022. The day to day role will entail kitchen gardening, high level maintenance of the formal gardens including specialist pruning, weeding, hedgecutting and an element of enhancement is encouraged. The Sole gardener will have some assistance from an apprentice on the gardens.

Applicants will ideally hold a minimum level 2 horticultural qualification with good plant knowledge and experience working on a private estate. PA1/PA6 spray certificates would be an advantage. Experience with pruning and growing fruit and vegetables as well as the ability to operate a range of garden machinery and a driving licence is required.

This exciting opportunity comes with a competitive salary and the accommodation provided is a 3 bed cottage adjacent to the kitchen garden rent free service occupancy, water rates paid and Council Tax paid. Partners, children and pets are welcome.

SALARY:        £30,000 – 35,000 depending on experience
LOCATION: Basingstoke
JOB No:          EC45585

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

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

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Experienced Gardener

An exciting vacancy has arisen for a driven and dynamic experienced gardener or gardening couple with garden maintenance experience keen to continue to develop their gardening skills on a wonderful country estate in Surrey. The beautiful all-seasons garden comprises of a large pond, herbaceous and mixed borders with a vast array of ornamental species including a blue garden and a red garden, rose garden, kitchen garden, lawn, small arboretum with specimen oaks, and a woodland area.

Applicants for this role will have experience working in a private estate garden and / or hold a horticultural qualification. The experienced gardener will have experience with pruning, planting, growing as well as general garden maintenance including mowing, weeding, strimming and hedge cutting. In addition, the gardener will have good practical skills, be hands on, backed up with reasonable plant knowledge.

The owners are keen to promote a friendly and rewarding working environment, so it is important that you have a positive attitude, with good communication skills and are able to get on well with all other staff members.

A 2-bed accommodation is available rent free for the successful candidate that is ideal for a single person or couple.

Working hours are anticipated to be Monday to Fridays 8am -5pm with some variation depending upon the season. Applicants will need to have a full driving licence and own transport.

SALARY: £30,000 - £35,000 depending on experience
LOCATION: Surrey
JOB No: EC43317

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

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Sole Gardener

A fine private house based in Marlborough, Wiltshire with gardens and grounds of approximately 1 acre, is seeking a sole gardener to take ownership and manage the gardens. Applicants for this role should have hands-on experience of working in large private gardens and are knowledgeable and passionate all rounded gardeners with a creative flare. The position is open to candidates looking for full time employment.

The garden contains extensive lawn with mature and young trees throughout the grounds, as well as wildflower meadows. The garden is an important part of the estate, so the owners are looking for an experienced gardener to work with them to continue to drive their garden forward and maintain it to a high horticultural standard. The opportunity exists to play a creative role in the development of garden areas, so applicants with a keen eye for plant use and development are encouraged to apply. The owners are keen for the successful applicant to establish a vegetable garden on site, as well as bring new ideas to the table when it comes to creating new elements of the garden.

Applicants will have a good understanding of the seasons, excellent horticultural knowledge, and must be willing and able to carry out all aspects of gardening including pruning, plant propagation, planting, weeding as well as the lawncare, leaf collection and other horticultural duties as they arise. The suitable applicant will ideally possess a minimum of 3 years’ professional gardening experience as well as a horticultural qualification; however, this is not a requirement. Applicants must be fit and healthy and be self-motivated. Additional tickets such as PA1/PA6, and chainsaw certificate would be an advantage but are not essential for this role.

This is an exciting opportunity for a gardener with excellent practical skills in all aspects of craft gardening and is able to maintain the garden and grounds to a high standard as well as bring new ideas to the table to further develop the gardens. A gardener who is able to use their initiative and has the skills, knowledge and enthusiasm to work closely with the owners in helping to create and develop certain aspects of the garden, as well as occasionally manage external contractors.

SALARY:  Up to £35,000 DOE
LOCATION:  Marlborough, Wiltshire
JOB No:  EC43892

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

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Groundsperson

An excellent opportunity has arisen for a Groundsperson / Gardener to join the beautiful grounds and gardens of a property located in Devon. The owners have plans to develop the existing landscape and it is their intention to eventually open the gardens to the public.

The mature grounds total seventy-acres with approximately five-acres of formal gardens which incorporate an abundance of fruit trees, mixed beds and borders, hedges and mature trees. The outstanding features of the grounds include a 0.5 acre terraced walled kitchen garden, a walled garden enclosing a swimming pool and a small lake. The Groundsperson / Gardener will work in conjunction with the owners and with the help of additional external contractors and experts to rejuvenate and maintain any existing features of the gardens. Approximately fifty acres are rented out to a local farmer and there is a part time gardener who would be working alongside the Groundsperson / Gardener.

Our client seeks a highly skilled Groundsperson / Gardener to help maintain the gardens on a year-round basis and engage in projects to rejuvenate and enhance any existing features. Applicants should ideally possess an academic horticultural qualification, such as an RHS level 2 or equivalent, combined with several years of previous experience working in a similar role. As such, excellent plant knowledge and technical skills are essential for this position. General maintenance duties will include but are not limited to preparing the beds for planting (including weeding fertilising and mulching), pruning of fruit trees, trees and shrubs, weeding, composting, mowing (both push and ride on mowers), training fruit trees, tying back plants, strimming and edging.  

Our client applies a strictly organic approach when it comes to be the grounds and gardens. As such, an in-depth knowledge of these practises is essential for this position, such as pest control using organic means. In addition, the successful candidate must have extensive knowledge of trees, hedges and shrubs in terms of their appropriate ongoing care and maintenance.   

As this is a physically demanding position, applicants should be confident working at height, physically fit and with a ‘can do’ attitude.  A full, clean UK driving license, previous experience in the use and maintenance of a wide range of gardening and grounds machinery, including chainsaw certification, are a requirement for this position.  

In addition to gardening responsibilities, the successful candidate will be expected to clean the swimming pool through chlorination and clearing of debris, feed and clean out for a small flock of hens and other property maintenance related tasks such as clearing of the gutters, painting of fences and gates and maintenance of the greenhouse. As such, this is a physically demanding position which requires a fit and strong individual who is also flexible in their work to provide assistance around the gardens and grounds when required.

The hours of work for this position are 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday and will require the supervision of any external contractors as well as working with a part time gardener. This position presents the opportunity to work alongside various experts and the owners as they progress in the development of both the gardens and grounds.  

For this position, the successful candidate will be required to sign a non-disclosure agreement at the client’s request. 

SALARY:        Up to £35,000 depending on experience

LOCATION:  Near Torquay  

JOB No:          EC44614

If this Groundsperson vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Bevan Andrews on 01233 733510 or info@englishcountrygardeners.co.uk.

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Thank you for the interest you have shown in this Groundsperson 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 Groundsperson vacancy will have been unsuccessful

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Maintenanace Manager

Maintenanace Manager required

Job Ref G017

Established in 2019 our client has won multiple prestigious awards for innovation in garden design, creation, and maintenance in both domestic and public green spaces. They are proud to design and care for gardens that put nature first; by sourcing conscious materials and making dynamic planting choices; their creations offer immersive, engaging environments for their customers as well as the wildlife that use them. Working with high-end clients, and some of the most well-regarded designers in the industry, they are rapidly growing and are now looking for a Maintenance Manager to join their highly skilled and dedicated team. Areas the client covers include North, East, and West London plus some areas of Hertfordshire.

Main Responsibilities

Our client is looking for a special candidate that is highly competent, knowledgeable, proactive with excellent communication skills. They are a progressive company with a passion for sustainability, improving biodiversity, naturalistic planting, and excellence in garden design. This ethos should be in line with applicants’ values, and they are keen to talk to candidates that are excited to be at the forefront of current gardening practices. Duties will include but not limited to the following:

  • Managing a team of 3 full time, and 3 part time employees and to help manage company growth
  • Heading up the gardening rounds on the ground, and within the office
  • Being the first point of customer contact, and acting as an ambassador of the company dealing with any questions or queries the clients may have
  • Conducting formal, quarterly reviews of the gardens, and providing management with rolling updates
  • Hosting regular meetings with the teams, and dealing with all staff related issues
  • Organising scheduling, supplies and sundries for projects
  • Adhering to and implementing all forms of Health and Safety and tool maintenance
  • Seasonal planning
Key Skills:

The successful candidate will have excellent horticultural knowledge with a recognised horticultural qualification being highly desirable. A minimum of 2 years’ experience in the horticultural sector with a passion for innovation in the industry is essential, as is a good understanding a wide variety of landscape strategies and knowledge of organic gardening techniques. Also essential for the role are:

  • Good management skills
  • Strong IT skills
  • Full UK drivers’ licence with confidence driving in and around London
  • Excellent communication and customer service skills.

Desirable attributes for candidates to hold is experience working with naturalistic planting styles, with a knowledge of key figures within the industry. Also desirable is competency with project management apps such as Adana and iAuditor.

Working hours are generally 08:00 – 17:00 Monday to Friday.

Company vehicle is provided, as is company phone and laptop, if required.

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

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Thank you for the interest you have shown in this Maintenance Manager 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 Maintenance Manager vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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Junior Recruitment Consultant

We have a team, working to support the continued delivery of skilled horticultural personal to the industry. Based in our Head Office at High Business Park, outside of Ashford, we are all passionate about providing a quality recruitment service and are committed to growing the success of the group and our own careers.

30 years of permanent recruitment built by great people!

What is the company?

We are the leading recruitment agencies for the horticultural industry - established 1989 The Fuller Group consists of two specialist recruitment companies; Horticruitment (UK) Ltd and English Country Gardeners Ltd, our two agencies lead the way in providing a personalised and professional recruitment services across the UK and Internationally.

What can we offer you as a trainee recruitment consultant?       

A genuine career opportunity

Fantastic office space

Motivated fun environment

Update to tech

What are we looking for?

Ambitious character

Previous experience in sales/telesales/commercial environment

An understanding of what recruitment is

Great attitude and personality

Competitive nature– with a determination to succeed

If you enjoy winning - apply today!

The Junior Consultant will play a vital role in ensuring that our clients have access to the best quality candidates within the horticultural industry. The number of successful placements that we can deliver is only hindered by the amount of high quality and passionate staff we have working with us. If you have a little bit of recruitment experience to your name and are looking for a new and exciting challenge then we'd love to hear from you.

The Package

1. £25,000 - £30,000 OTE

2. Bonuses and commission

3. Membership to TRN; training, resources and masterclasses throughout the year

Working Hours – 08:30 – 17:00 Monday - Friday

If this Junior Consultant vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Ruth Bolam on 01233 732767 or ruth@horticruitment.com.

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Thank you for the interest you have shown in this Junior Consultant 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 Junior Consultant vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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Sole Gardener

A Sole Gardener is sought to maintain and manage the gardens of a stunning private Estate in a beautiful part of the country in North Yorkshire.

The Estate sits on the site of an 11th century manor and is surrounded by landscaped gardens and a moat. The 1-acre formal gardens contain a vegetable garden, fruit garden, rose & peony garden, solardome greenhouse, herbaceous borders, extensive lawns, box hedging, ornamental grasses with alliums and a wealth of climbing roses around the whole house.

Our client is looking for a hands-on and driven sole gardener to undertake a range of garden maintenance duties to a high horticultural standard, including pruning and training roses, maintaining herbaceous borders, weeding, strimming, mowing and hedgecutting. The ideal candidate will have the determination, drive and vision to maintain and continue to develop the garden to a high standard.

Applicants should ideally have a minimum Level 2 horticultural qualification, PA1/PA6 spray certificates, combined with good plant knowledge. You will need to be organised, able to plan and prioritise your workload and work to a high standard. Experience with pruning and training roses and growing fruit and vegetables would be required for the role.

Other requirements for the role are good communications skills, you should be prepared to work outside in all weathers, be physically fit and have the ability to operate a range of garden machinery. Additionally, there is a herd of 22 alpacas on site, therefore someone who would be willing to help with occasional jobs such as bringing in for vet visits and feeding while the owner is away would be an advantage.

SALARY:        £32,500 Pro Rata DOE - 4 days/week
LOCATION: North Yorkshire
JOB No:          EC45309

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

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Garden Team Leader

Garden Team Leader required

Job Ref F448

Our client is a landscape design, installation and maintenance company based in London. The company ethos is to create a space perfectly fitting to each and every one of their clients needs, whilst being conscious of the natural environment that they play with. As a company they take due care to make sure they are enhancing the landscape they are taking over; not only for their clients, but for all endemic and natural beings within the locality of the space; working on design led projects where attention to detail and creativity is key. As a company they practice and implement organic methods of gardening and are constantly looking at how to be more sustainable in their practice. They are now looking for a new Garden Team Leader to join their growing award winning, and BALI accredited team.  The gardens they work on are scattered throughout London, and they give their gardeners a generous amount of time so they can set the highest standards for their work.

The Role

Daily duties will include:

  • Communicating with the head gardener; providing feedback on works completed
  • Lawn care, using pedestrian mowers
  • General watering and management of irrigation systems
  • Weeding, plant feeding, staking and cutting back where necessary of herbaceous borders
  • Hedge cutting
  • Planting
The successful applicant

Our client is looking for enthusiastic, passionate candidates who have a willingness to learn and progress within the industry. They want to hear from fellow nature and plant lovers. The ideal candidate will be a people person, well-mannered and presentable with a strong horticultural knowledge and plant base, horticultural qualification(s) would be an advantage but not essential. Must have the ability to work on their own initiative both in a team and alone with good time management skills. Training and career development is encouraged within the company.

  • Full clean UK driving license (Essential)
  • Experience using a wide range of garden machinery
Additional Information

Working hours are Monday to Friday 8:30am-4:30pm with paid overtime

Company vehicle is provided with on site parking, as is a company uniform

28 days holiday (including Bank Holidays) plus Birthday as a paid holiday.

Additional pay will include a loyalty bonus, performance bonus, tips and a yearly bonus based on company performance.

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

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Thank you for the interest you have shown in this Garden Team Leader 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 Garden Team Leader vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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Experienced Gardener

An experienced and knowledgeable gardener is sought after on a full time and permanent basis for a beautiful private garden in West Malling, Kent.

The 10-acre property includes a 3-acre garden and lawns which have been restored. The remaining land is currently meadows that will be converted over time to orchard. The garden is made up of of different areas and entails a half-acre walled garden extensively planted with various areas of interest in the different beds, greenhouse. At the property entrance is a giant tulip tree and a pond, with a fountain, behind which are rhododendrons and pachysandra, with Portuguese laurel by the fence. The main garden area to the side of the house has a raised rose bed and on the other side a long border extensively planted with shrubs and perennials. Climbing roses have been replanted against the house and there is a 1.5-acre lawn extending from the house, in which have been planted young ornamental trees. To the left of the lawn are giant linden trees and   an old beech hedge. To the right of the lawn are ornamental cherries and a listed property boundary wall. The gardens also have a croquet lawn, with summer house and small pond.

There are plans of further restoration, development and planting in the garden creating new areas of interest such as areas with hostas and ferns, creating a large rose border and various other borders, rewilding and planting an orchard. The owner of the property has overseen and designed all the garden restoration and creation to date, including new plantings and is looking for an experienced gardener to work closely with her as a collaborator in the further development of the garden.

The successful candidate will be responsible for mowing of lawns, trimming edges, feeding and filling in patchy areas, watering during dry periods. Caring for trees and calling in qualified arborist if any tree needs attention. Cutting back loose branches and clearing unwanted ivy etc. from encroaching. Trimming and pruning hedges. Dealing with garden pests using fencing and environmentally acceptable deterrents for insects, snails, slugs and so forth. Sweeping, repairing and tending to paths. Weeding garden beds by hand and spraying with environmentally acceptable products of driveways and gravel paths. Planting and re-planting of flower beds, deadheading and cutting back, working with property owner to create new areas of interest in borders. Trellising and training of climbing plants; fertilizing and weed suppression by use of appropriate ground cover and/ or use of ground sheeting or bark chips. Tending to the ponds and ensuring pond health and keeping border of pond trimmed. Keeping up greenhouse through nurturing seedlings over winter months in greenhouse. Maintaining garden equipment.

Applicants will ideally hold a horticultural qualification, combined with excellent plant knowledge and previous experience working on private estates.  The gardener will be physically fit and should have a flexible attitude regarding the day structure. The ability to operate and maintain a range of garden machinery and a full UK driving licence is desirable.

The position is full time, 40-hour week with the schedule to be determined by the successful candidate. Part time candidates would be considered but must be able to allocate at least 25 hours weekly. A competitive package will be provided to the successful candidate depending on experience with statutory leave and discretionary bonus.

SALARY:        £30,000 – 32,000 depending on experience
LOCATION: West Malling, Kent
JOB No:          EC41721

If this Experienced Gardener vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Sara Yassin 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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Head Gardener

An experienced Head Gardener is sought after on a full time and permanent basis for a remarkable Jacobean mansion set in 12-acres of spectacular and well-regarded gardens nestled in the heart of Kent. Dating back to the 14th century the house and gardens are open to the public and managed by a preservation Trust where visitors can have tours around the house and unravel the 600 years of history, we well as exploring the open gardens. The maintenance of the gardens to a high standard for visitor interest is a priority for the Trust in association with its charitable purpose of preserving the estate.

The estate contains 12-acres of tranquil gardens that have seen four hundred years of changing garden fashions, surrounded by ancient parkland studded with stately oaks and chestnuts. Terraced lawns bordered by a vast yew hedge and topiaried box have been softened over the last century by the addition of long, curvy-edged herbaceous borders and ornamental tree and shrub plantings. All areas of the garden continue to be restored and maintained to an extremely high standard. The garden features a stunning walled garden containing an ornamental greenhouse, as well as fern and alpine houses. Further elements include a blooming rose garden, pan garden and croquet lawn, a wildflower garden, lily pond, and a spectacular Italian Garden.

As an ambassador of the house and gardens, the successful applicant will seek out opportunities to provide visitors with friendly conversation and background information on everything horticultural. Throughout the year the Head Gardener will be required to conduct a series of relaxed, informal, and informative gardening workshops for small groups, as well as giving garden tours and attending in house events. The garden is also host to an active and very successful education programme for local school children.

The successful applicant will be responsible for the management and planning of all aspects of the garden. This will include extensive ornamental plant management, lawn and hedge care, plant propagation, glasshouse work and kitchen gardening. The gardens are currently managed by a team of two permanent, highly skilled gardeners whom the successful candidate will be responsible for, as well as up to two trainees and a team of volunteers. The successful applicant will have substantial practical experience of managing and maintaining extensive grounds and gardens. This is a hands-on role which requires not only strong physical attributes but the ability to lead and communicate effectively with co-workers. It will be a key requirement that the candidate can plan and implement seasonal works programmes as well as delegate duties to the rest of the team.

Applicants will hold excellent plant knowledge alongside a relevant horticultural qualification. Previous experience as a Head Gardener with a proven track record in a leadership role responsible for performance management and in supporting and developing a team. Candidates will need good communication skills, and enthusiasm and confidence to engage with visitors and lead educational groups. Competence in relevant health and safety legislation, as well as proficiency in use and management of a wide variety of garden machinery is important.

Daily working hours are 8am to 5pm plus weekend hours for watering and other duties in rota with other staff. Some weekend hours are required to host workshops and attend exhibitions in the garden. A 2-to-3-bedroom cottage within the main house complex is available to candidates.

SALARY:        £35,000 to £40,000 depending on experience
LOCATION: Kent
JOB No:          EC45086

If this Head Gardener vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Sophie Sharpe on 01233 733510 or info@englishcountrygardeners.co.uk.

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

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