Sole Gardener (Live out) - EC4344
An attractive opportunity has arisen for a Skilled Sole Gardener to join a stunning private estate located within the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The position would suit an experienced and qualified gardener with excellent attention to detail, time management skills and horticultural knowledge.
The large estate comprises two properties in addition to the main house, each of which encompass between 50 and 100 acres of paddocks which play host to approximately 100 horses in total. The garden to the main house is currently undergoing transformation at the hand of a commissioned designer, so the successful candidate will be required to implement the final scheme as well as provide horticultural input at a professional level. The two additional properties comprise predominantly of managed lawns, hedges and herbaceous/mixed borders. The new Sole Gardener will be responsible for hands-on management of the gardens at the main house as well as the two cottages. Basic garden maintenance of a fourth property may be required at times.
Applicants must be well-versed in the maintenance of private estate gardens from a skilled, sole gardener perspective, as the successful candidate will be the primary contact from a horticultural perspective. Additional assistance from the equine staff may be provided if necessary, though the new gardener would ideally manage the three sites on their own. A variety of skills will be required from a horticultural perspective with regard to the main house predominantly, such as kitchen gardening, plant propagation/glasshouse work, cut flowers, fruit tree pruning, lawn care and general garden maintenance. Knowledge of plant pest and disease management would be an advantage, as would experience with tractors and chainsaws. The kitchen garden will initially require restoration and will be used once again to grow produce for the main house and private visitors associated with the estate.
Candidates must have demonstrable experience with each of the above aspects of hands-on garden management. A driving licence is essential as the properties are set within a three mile radius of the main house. This is a hands-on Sole Gardener role and as such, applicants must be physically fit and capable of working to a high degree of detail whilst planning and managing their own time.
SALARY: £26,000 - £31,000 DOE
LOCATION: Hascombe, Surrey
JOB No: EC4344
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