Sole Gardener (Live out) - EC4990
An excellent opportunity has arisen for an experienced and skilled Sole Gardener to take ownership of a stunning family-run private estate garden in Ross-on-Wye. The estate owners and employees are passionate about the application of organic gardening principles and associated seasonal produce and as such, are looking for a talented horticulturist with experience and enthusiasm in these areas.
The ten-bedroom manor house is set within a wider shooting estate with wildflower meadows, paddocks and resident horses providing an idyllic backdrop to the classic English country garden itself. The two acre garden comprises formal lawns, herbaceous borders, mature trees and shrubs, small ponds, three bee hives, a kitchen garden, glasshouses and a polytunnel supplying seasonal produce and cut flowers to the house.
Suitable applicants will be experienced and qualified horticulturists/gardeners, ideally holding academic horticultural qualifications at Level 3 or higher. Responsibilities will include the management of the above garden features as well as that of the formal lawn, care and ongoing development of wildflower meadows and management of an ornamental lake. An additional much smaller residential garden will require basic maintenance to the same level of standard as the main manor house garden.
Applicants must be personable and presentable with good time management skills and excellent attention to detail. Candidates must have excellent communication skills and be competent in the operation and basic maintenance of garden machinery. Importantly, a genuine passion for plants, wildlife and organic growing methods is essential; however spray certificates (PA1 and PA6) are required as herbicide is used on driveways and paths only. A full UK driving licence is necessary as the estate is located rurally.
With the outgoing Sole Gardener moving on to study after 9 happy years in the role, this is an excellent opportunity for a talented and enthusiastic gardener to join the estate at an exciting time in its development.
SALARY: £24,000 - £30,000 Negotiable
JOB No: EC 4990
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