Head Gardener, Penshurst Place Estate
Tonbridge, Kent Competitive salary + package, dependent on experience
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced, dynamic Head Gardener on one of England’s most historic and beautiful private estates.
Penshurst Place is one of the oldest family owned estates in the country, set in 2,500 acres of stunning Kent countryside. It is a family home, and also a top visitor attraction, wedding and events venue, and working country estate. The 700 year old gardens include a 17th Century 11 acre walled garden laid out in garden ‘rooms’ divided by a mile of yew hedging, Elizabethan formal lawns and parterres, informal meadow style planting, historic parkland, and watercourses and ponds.
The Head Gardener will provide management and leadership of the 7 strong Gardens team, ensuring that the gardens and parkland are presented and maintained to the highest standard, and in line with the owners’ vision.
The successful applicant will possess excellent horticultural knowledge and experience, preferably in the historic gardens sector, and will have demonstrable experience of hard and soft landscaping projects. Excellent organisational and time management skills are essential and the Head Gardener must be willing to act as an ambassador for Penshurst Place through the delivery of garden talks, guided tours and assistance with marketing material.
For more information on Penshurst Place, visit the website www.penshurstplace.com and for a full job description and person specification please contact Ben Thomas, General Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org