Head Gardener - (Live Out) - EC3221

Competitive based on experience
08 Sep 2017
08 Oct 2017
Full Time
Contract Type

An attractive opportunity has arisen for a Skilled Gardener to take primary control of a stunning private estate in Henley-on-Thames. The position would suit an experienced and qualified gardener with demonstrable garden management and supervisory experience.

The traditional English country garden consists of several formal gardens covering 5 to 6 acres, located within a wider estate in Henley-on-Thames.  The successful applicant will be responsible for the formal, walled, sunken and kitchen gardens, cut flowers, soft fruits and large greenhouse as well as a range of garden machinery.  Candidates should have experience with each of the above, and be dedicated gardeners with the willingness to undertake additional garden estate duties, i.e. management of irrigation, general soft landscape management and the provision of assistance to the live-in maintenance person with setting up garden furniture when required.  Applicants should be confident and skilled in pruning methods, i.e. of wisteria and roses, be physically fit with good horticultural knowledge and plant identification skills.  The ideal candidate will possess a recognised academic horticultural qualification and well-rounded experience in a private estate setting.  You should hold a full driving licence, your own transport for commuting to and from site and ideally, spray tickets (PA1/PA6).  A chainsaw licence would be beneficial.  The role would suit someone who is hard-working, flexible, and methodological in their work with a positive attitude and a diplomatic approach to staff direction and supervision. The property owners are enthusiastic and involved in garden developments, and will therefore expect regular updates in relation to your planned work and progress.  This is a great opportunity for a passionate gardener looking for a rewarding role on a beautiful private estate, for interested and friendly clients.