Couple

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced gardener and housekeeper couple who are looking for an opportunity to live and work on a beautiful private estate in their respective professions full time.

The stunning estate is a grade II listed, seventeenth century English country house, located near Woking, Surrey. The wider estate includes farmland, woodland, rented accommodation and the formal garden surrounding the main house comprise of lawns, borders surrounding the house, a walled garden, kitchen garden and a wide range or young, mature and specimen trees.

The gardener will be responsible for the maintenance of the garden to a high horticultural standard and will work closely with the owner on further developments and implementations. They will ideally have the enthusiasm, drive, hold a horticultural qualification and have experience managing a private estate garden. Excellent horticultural knowledge and confident in plant identification is essential. Experience in the use and maintenance of garden machinery is required and spraying certificates PA1/PA6 and chainsaw licence are desirable.

The housekeeper will be responsible for keeping the home organised, clean and tidy. Duties will include the cleaning of the rooms, hoovering, dusting, making the beds, the laundry, ironing and some cooking. The owners have three young children and will require occasional assistance with the children.

A competitive salary is provided for the couple as well as a 2-bedroom semi-detached cottage onsite at a reduced rate of £700 per month. Both positions are full time – 40 hours per week. Weekend work is required, and two days will be given off during the week.

SALARY:        £50,000 – 55,000 DOE for a couple + reduced rent accommodation
LOCATION: Woking, Surrey
JOB No:          EC22655

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

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GM Development Manager

GM Development Manager required

Job Ref M471

Our Client has been established for over 20 years and has been involved in commercial hard and soft landscaping right across the South East, spanning as far north as Peterborough and as far west as Bristol. They have completed landscape schemes for a wide variety of clients, including company headquarters, new schools and academies, business and retail parks, superstores and industrial estates, as well as involvement in ecologically sensitive areas. An opportunity has arisen for a Grounds maintenance Business Development Manager to take responsibility for special commercial hard and soft landscaping projects, throughout the south east.

Rationale:

The position of GM Business Development Manager has become available to join the sales team at one of the leading commercial landscape construction companies, to develop new relationships and maximise sales with existing customers and accounts.

2019 was a year of consolidation and subsequently significant improvement for them, so it's a great time to join.

As a Grounds Maintenance Business Development Manager you will be part of an enthusiastic and ambitious sales team who will support you in achieving your targets…and they will all help you celebrate hitting them too.

You'll be looking after a sales portfolio of existing clients and accounts so you get a head start rather than having to build your client base from scratch, and the commission you earn from your sales is uncapped.

This is a perfect role for someone with sales and/or account management experience in the landscape construction industry.

Job Description:
  • Building relationships with new and existing customers
  • Identifying new sales opportunities
  • Promoting the company's range of services using phone, email and face to face meetings
  • Account management and customer support for existing customers
  • Smashing sales and growth targets
Key Skills:

The ideal candidate:

  • Has significant experience in landscape construction sales, account management and business development
  • Is enthusiastic, ambitious and wants to develop their sales career
  • Knows about the landscape construction industry in detail
  • Is a confident communicator who is comfortable speaking with new people in person and on the phone
  • Likes to work at a fast pace in a busy environment
  • Loves to celebrate success

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

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Landscape Construction Estimator

Landscape Construction Estimator required

Job Ref D471

Our Client is involved in commercial hard and soft landscaping right across the South East, spanning as far north as Peterborough and as far west as Bristol. They have completed landscape schemes for a wide variety of clients, including company headquarters, new schools and academies, business and retail parks, superstores and industrial estates, as well as involvement in ecologically sensitive areas. An opportunity has arisen for a Landscape Construction Estimator to take responsibility for special commercial hard and soft landscaping projects, throughout the south east.

Rationale:

Are you an enthusiastic and motivated landscaping estimator?

Our client is looking for dynamic people to review incoming enquiries, prepare, process and submit tenders for commercial landscape contracts.

They are one of the leading commercial landscaping contractors, specialising in all aspects of soft and hard landscaping and grounds maintenance. As part of their continued growth plans they are now looking to recruit competent and motivated individuals to join their team of Estimators.

They are looking for people who can bring expertise and experience to demonstrate to them how they can further improve their business.

Job Description:

The successful candidate will work on their own initiative and organise themselves to deliver an effective service delivery including:

  • Analysing clients BOQs and technical specifications
  • Extracting information from tender drawings including taking off quantities both manually and using IT software
  • Compiling bills of quantities
  • Collating quotations to calculate materials, equipment and labour costs
  • Liaising with clients, suppliers and subcontractors
  • Utilising several computing packages and online tendering portals
  • Preparing and submitting compliant tenders to meet required deadlines
  • Liaising with other parts of the business to assist in the handover of projects
  • Following up on tender submissions, monitoring and updating the tender index and compiling reports for senior management

Key Skills:

  • Good awareness of tendering and the estimating process
  • A high level of IT proficiency, particularly within Microsoft Excel
  • Excellent numerical skills
  • Ability to work to a high degree of accuracy
  • Able to demonstrate professional communications at all levels
  • Strong organisational skills
  • The ability to work under pressure and meet strict deadlines
  • In return for this, you will be working in a professional environment, joining a team that believes in a work-hard, play-hard approach.

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

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Nursery General Manager

Nursery General Manager required

Ref No: Z587

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Nursery General Manager to join a highly successful plant nursery based in Surrey. The client has achieved significant growth over the last 10 years, and this newly developed role has been established to lead the strategic direction of the nursery.

As the General Manger you will be responsible for the process of continual improvement and the development of the Nursery Operations Manager and up to 5 Departmental Managers. You would be the link between the nursery team, the warehouse, wholesale and plant buying teams as well as customer services. You are expected to ensure excellent quality standards and house-keeping of both in-bound and propagation/nursery grown and potted stock of plants, along with being responsible for efficient management of stock to space ensuring optimum availability.

Your work experience will be a proven background in good nursery management and propagation, you will be capable of leading multiple teams that have fulfilled the strategic version of the nursery you have previously or currently work for. Your past/current achievements will be due to you having good interpersonal skills that can influence others effectively with the ability to work under pressure in fast moving and rapidly changing markets.   

For a detailed job description or to be considered for the Nursery General Manager position please contact Ruth Bolam on 01233 732767 or apply online via horticrutiment or ruth@horticruitment.com and Ruth will be in touch.

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Head of Gardens and Grounds

A rare and exciting opportunity has become available for a Head of Gardens and Grounds to join an incredible private estate that is going 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. Currently in the plan phase, the grounds are being 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 are intended to 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 will be surrounded by mostly 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 will be 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 will be in entirely in large timber planters. Small clipped standard trees surrounded with seasonal annuals. Both terraces will 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 will be divided into a quartered layout with a gravel paths on the cross axis and around the perimeter walls. The central area will be a simple meadow and fruit trees with feature arbours in each quadrant. A new ¾ glasshouse will be built to accommodate retained vines. The glasshouse backs onto the potting sheds and there is water and power to the glass house. Heating is by electric heaters set into the retained heating trench. A working area with compost/ bulk materials storage ‘bins’ will be created and fruit cages and a small area of growing beds for cut flowers or similar. 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.

The owners are seeking a Head of Gardens and Grounds to join during the in the early stages of the project to play a key role in the design, implementation and future running of the gardens and grounds. He / She will report into and work closely with Estate Manager as well as liaising and working directly with landscape architects during the set-up phase and intermittently. The landscape architects will provide a design guide and management plan for the gardens explaining the design concepts, long term aspirations and maintenance requirements for each area. During set up phase, the Head of Gardens and Grounds will work with the Estate Manager to recruit a team of suitable gardeners and grounds staff, procure all garden equipment and machinery and implement and oversee all the projects onsite.  

The anticipated date for the project completion is April / June 2021 and the family will take residence then. The Head of Gardens and Grounds will implement very high horticultural standards across all the estate gardens, grounds, lakes and golf area.  The successful applicant will carry out day to day management of garden and grounds staff, maintain records, order and control supplies, oversee maintenance of estate machinery, manage and maintain the estate’s water and irrigation system, implement changes and seasonal requirements and assist the estate manager with any ad-hoc tasks.

Applicants will be highly experienced, skilled and professional horticulturalist with excellent plant and tree knowledge. The ideal candidate will be a qualified Horticulturalist with a minimum of 10 years’ relevant experience, supported by evidence of the innovative development and implementation of programs of work and long-term garden planning. He / She will have experience working in a similar setting from garden conception through to project implementation and estate operation and management. They will have an eye for enhancing open spaces with attractive planting regimes. Good verbal communication skills and a positive attitude are essential.

The position is a 5-day working week but may vary when family are in residence or through busy periods. The salary provided is £45,000 - £50,000 with accommodation. The accommodation provided is a two- or three-bedroom cottage onsite with council tax, water and electricity bills paid by the employer. A discretionary bonus is provided as well as healthcare cover and Pension.

This is a fantastic opportunity for a Head of Garden and Grounds to create a lasting legacy creating, developing and maintaining the estate with the highest standards.

SALARY: £45,000 - £50,000 depending on experience    
LOCATION: Surrey
JOB No: EC17327

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

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Top Fruit Agronomist

Ref - A307

An excellent opportunity has arisen for a Top Fruit Agronomist to play a key role within a respected organisation in Kent.  This position will suit candidates with extensive industry experience and the desire to pass on their knowledge to others.

The role will involve the provision of agronomic and associated technical advice in relation to the growing and storage of stone/top fruit such as apples, pears, plums, cherries and apricots.  The successful applicant will be tasked with providing current advice and information to a diverse clientele of growers and producers throughout Kent.

Suitable applicants must have a strong agronomic background and an ability to communicate and engage well with people, such that working client relationships are maintained and built upon.  Self-motivation, focus and positivity are important qualities in addition to confidence in conveying technical information to clients with varying degrees of understanding.  Experience with BASIS and Gatekeeper is expected of senior agronomist applicants, however training may be provided for the otherwise ideal candidate.  Applicants must hold a full UK driving licence.

A generous salary package is offered in line with experience.

If this Top Fruit Agronomist vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Mark Read on 01233 732767 or mark.read@horticruitment.com

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Head of Ornamental Gardens - EC10686

Our client has ancient woodland, historic gardens and far reaching views. It is a unique destination with a multitude of horticultural delights, interactive features and state of the art exhibitions. Visitors can take a tour of the gardens, deer park and cyder press, dine in the Garden Café and visit the various farm shops. The Story of Gardening brings horticultural history to life, with playful and sensory experiences for all ages. Expecting to attract some 150,000 visitors per year, the location is a vibrant and thriving attraction, animated throughout the seasons by special events, workshops and education programmes.

As Head of Ornamental Gardens, you’ll be following the footsteps of a garden that today are the result of the creative fusion of heritage and contemporary and is a place for innovation and creativity, a garden at the forefront of horticulture.

As Head of Ornamental Gardens, you’ll have a wide remit. You’ll look to develop and maintain the gardens and think about its future, ensuring the very highest standards of conservation, horticulture and visitor experience. A visionary, you’ll lead with passion and flair. You’ll motivate a team of eight, set the standards and keep the budget on track, too.

It’ll be down to you to engage visitors’ interest in the ornamental gardens, delivering a first-class visitor experience, as well as encouraging a culture of openness and involvement for all.

You’ll put your green fingers to use and get involved in the day-to-day upkeep of the gardens.

Candidate Profile

You will be a credible collaborator, bringing your enthusiasm and positivity every day, you’re a true team player and will use your leadership skills to motivate your team and hit your ambitious standards for conservation, horticulture and visitor experience. It goes without saying that you have a high level of horticultural knowledge and know-how – perhaps at a large garden or across a portfolio – supported by an appropriate qualification, have an artistic eye and at the very least an understanding of conservation of historic landscapes.

Exceptional communication skills are a must. You’ll be able to show us where you’ve organised garden activities to enhance visits and you’ll need to be comfortable with media requests. We’ll also need to see where you’ve had responsibility for budgets, finances and small projects.

Skills and Experience
  • An experienced leader – you should be accessible, highly visible and able to share your vision in a clear and compelling way.
  • A good knowledge of plants, their identification, propagation and cultivation.
  • First-hand experience of managing a successful and high-quality garden-based visitor attraction.
  • Experience and proven ability in the management of a team of 8 plus people.
  • Precise and well organised.
  • Hard-working and energetic, with excellent team skills and the ability to communicate at multiple levels.
  • Good IT skills for implementing efficient management systems and records are essential.
  • Appropriate and relevant academic qualifications.
  • Full and clean UK driving license.
  • Understanding of Health and Safety issues, including tree inspections.
  • An eye for detail and desire to achieve high standards.
  • Able to undertake work of a physical nature (including contact with plants and chemicals) and skilled in a range of practical skills for the care and presentation to a high standard of formal heritage gardens.
  • Good basic skills in the care and operation of garden machinery, hand tools /equipment.
  • Computer literate.

Terms and Conditions

  • Competitive remuneration package.
  • Professional development and training.
  • Workplace pension scheme available.
  • Employee benefits, including daily staff meals and discounts across the estate.
  • Normal hours: Flexible, typically working 5 days out of 7.
  • Annual Leave: 30 days p.a., including bank holidays.
  • Statutory Entitlements: All statutory entitlements, including workplace pension and SSP.

SALARY:       Circa £50,000 depending on experience

LOCATION:  Somerset

JOB No:          EC10686

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

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Gardener or Couple

Ref - EC7988

Gardener or Couple

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Gardener to manage and maintain the private gardens and grounds of a beautiful estate near Haywards Heath in West Sussex. This vacancy is also open to a Gardener and Housekeeper couple who may be looking for an opportunity to live and work on the same estate in their respective professions full time. 

The estate is surrounded by 200-acre fields and the 5-acre formal gardens consist of extensive lawns, flower beds, mixed and herbaceous borders, mature trees and a greenhouse. There is also on site a swimming pool, tennis court and paddock as well as a kitchen garden that is not fully utilised.

The owners have a keen eye for detail and the key responsibility of the gardener is to manage and maintain the gardens and grounds to a high standard, keeping the formal gardens looking immaculate at all times. He / She will be required to undertake a range of normal gardens duties, such as mowing, weeding, planting, strimming, and general maintenance of the garden.

Applicants should ideally have experience working in a similar role and garden. PA1/PA6 spray certificates and chainsaw certificates are required for the role, however, the client would be willing to support the training if required. The successful candidate will have good plant knowledge, excellent technical skills and experience operating and carrying out basic maintenance on a range of garden machinery.  

This is an excellent opportunity for a Gardener who is a good team player and also works well on their own. He / She will be organised, able to plan and prioritise workload and work to a high standard. Other requirements for the role are good communication skills and ability to support other staff as there currently is an assistant gardener / groundsperson working onsite. The Gardener should be prepared to work outside in all weathers and have a vision for maintaining and enhancing the garden as required.

The owners travel regularly and are looking for a trustworthy Gardener to live onsite. There may be some occasional assistance requested when the owners travel to look after their friendly French bulldog. A competitive salary is provided for the successful candidate which will be reviewed after a 6-month period as well as onsite accommodation is provided with council tax, water and electricity paid by the employer. The House keeping position is a full-time role with a similar package offered as stated below for the Gardener, depending on experience.

SALARY:        Circa £26,000 for Gardener or Circa £52,000 for a couple + accommodation
LOCATION:  Near Haywards Heath, West Sussex
JOB No:          EC7988

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

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Head Gardener - EC4797 - This position has now been filled

A rare opportunity has arisen for a high-level hands-on Head Gardener to join an historic private estate in Somerset at a very exciting time in its development.  The 22-acre property retains its name from the original 12th century manor house although several significant changes have been observed in this time including the construction of the existing building in 1799.  Parts of the garden were designed by Swiss Landscape Designer Augusto Calonder and retain their open vistas and minimalist character to this day.  This provides somewhat of a blank canvas for the recently commissioned world-renowned Garden Designer, Arne Maynard, to view the space with a modern eye and to realise the full potential of this incredible site on behalf of the passionate and enthusiastic new owners.

Upon completion and implementation of the new design, a full-time Skilled Assistant Gardener will be recruited by the Head Gardener, however at this early stage of development the priority is to source the Head Gardener, such that they be involved with the project from phase one.  The Head Gardener will initially be tasked with managing the existing part-time garden staff with the maintenance of the gardens as they are, in their current form.  In accordance with the complexity of design, variety in horticulture and associated management requirements of the forthcoming garden, candidates for this role must be of the highest calibre to be considered for interview.

Suitable candidates will be academically qualified to at least RHS Level 3 and have extensive experience on horticulturally diverse private estates.  Experience in garden development and working with garden designers would be an advantage.  Candidates must have experience in kitchen gardening, plant propagation and glasshouse work, as well as competence in the operation and basic maintenance of a range of garden machinery. 

Many aspects of the new garden design will consider the social focus of the house and its owners.  Visiting friends and family as well as work gatherings will positively influence the design by way of dedicated and varied entertainment areas for visitors, with an associated consideration for high quality fresh food produce, all of which will be grown on site.  The garden currently comprises expansive areas of lawn, two walled gardens (containing fruit, vegetables and cutting flowers), a glasshouse, finely pruned hornbeam and yew hedging, an orchard, herbaceous beds and borders, ponds and water features with young and mature specimen trees.  A river runs through the property, with waterside planting and mature wooded areas which will become a substantial and picturesque backdrop to the view from the house as well as a valuable natural habitat for wildlife and freshwater ecology.  The estate is surrounded by meadows and pasture, with this aspect of the property likely to significantly increase in acreage in the coming years.

Some garden areas will be extensively and dramatically re-designed which will ensure plenty to stretch and satisfy a very experienced gardener.  The vision will include formal and informal areas throughout the property, with several features of the gardens being subject to change due to the early stage of the project though will include features and areas as follows: herbaceous beds/borders, roses, shrub areas, wall-trained fruit trees, topiary and shaped hedges, courtyard gardens with planting in chippings and pots, knot/parterre gardens, terraces, a sunken croquet lawn, a formal summer house, pollarded and natural ornamental tree walks/avenues, cloud-pruned hedges and shrubs, a French or Italian courtyard with areas dedicated to scent and colour and a wonderful garden area of loose shrubs and masses of snowdrops, collections of rare ferns and spring bulbs; akin in overall feel to a Victorian fernery.  An existing walled garden will continue to be a very important area to the owners.  The main walled garden is already well established but will undergo alteration as part of the new initiative and will become a centre point for entertaining. 

The wider estate gardens will see woodland development and extensive planting of young trees.  Spring bulbs and ephemerals, orchards, wildflower areas, river-edge planting as well as pond and wetland planting will be included in the new plan.  Some existing trees will be transplanted rather than removed which will necessitate the assistance of specialist contractors in some instances.  Various new garden structures are proposed with several areas of hard landscaping aimed at creating garden spaces for entertaining and new areas to be explored and enjoyed.  A wonderful channelled river with a weir presents an incredible feature as viewed from the house, the development of which involving the addition of planting on the stream and woodland edge may see a ‘grotto’ or folly/seat with planting of rare and interesting plant species.  A remarkable well can also be found on site and will be restored and altered to enable its new and exciting function as a dipping pool.

The new design will include extensive planting of trees and creation of natural habitats throughout the property, with new ‘playgrounds’ established within the woodland for children and adults alike to explore.  Although no livestock is present on the estate currently, the development of Oakland pasture would enable sheep to graze on grass along the stately driveway towards the main house, with traditional parkland tree planting maintaining the historic feel of the estate upon entry.

This extensive, unique and dramatic project exemplifies the energy and passion that the new owners have for their garden, as well as that which Arne Maynard and his team have for the estate.  This role provides a fantastic opportunity for a qualified, imaginative and physically fit horticulturist to join the estate in the very early stages of its historic development, as well as an opportunity for the successful candidate to grow alongside this stunning and unique garden.

SALARY:       Circa £45,000 - £50,000 DOE
LOCATION:  Somerset
JOB No:          EC4797

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

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Garden Centre Manager - E122

Our client is an established award winning family garden centre stocking a huge range of high quality plants, garden accessories, home and gift items and much more, all sold by their knowledgeable friendly team of staff and with a café which has gained a fantastic reputation for being one of the best in the area. Due to internal promotion they are currently seeking a Garden Centre Manager to effectively and efficiently manage and lead the store in order to maximise sales and profit. 

Are you passionate to provide excellent customer sales and service?

Can you lead and inspire a team of staff by example?

Do you have a strong horticulture background?

Key points
  • To effectively manage recruitment, training and development of the stores management team and colleagues
  • Ensure a full understanding of and implementation of company operational standards
  • Ensure all floors are commercially and correctly merchandised
  • To coach and motivate the team in order to deliver pre set targets
  • To plan and manage special events within the store throughout the year
Must haves
  • A good understanding of successful Garden Centre Retailing
  • Excellent team leadership skills
  • A proactive and positive approach to all tasks
  • A proven track record in delivering results within a retail environment

If this Garden Centre Manager vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Sara Yassin on 01233 732767 or sara@horticruitment.com.

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

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