Head/Sole Gardener - EC3810
A genuinely exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced and ambitious Head/Sole Gardener to join a developing private estate in Beare Green, Surrey. The site of approximately five acres is currently undergoing substantial redevelopment at the hands of a talented and visionary designer. The project is in the early stage of development, so the new Head Gardener will join at a time where their involvement will be valuable and rewarding in equal measure. A generous salary, use of a van, and a superb newly-refurbished flat awaits the successful applicant.
The stunning garden has expansive views over rolling farm land and mature oak trees to the rear, and by contrast will have a contemporary brimming water feature, formal and informal gardens with wild flower meadows, a vegetable garden, fire pit and 'sundowner' seating area. The design also includes a large informal pond with an oak pavilion and cantilevered deck, surrounded by a woodland garden. The redesigned entrance will include water and substantial planting to soften the imposing Victorian façade. Once complete, the garden will be a very impressive and diverse space.
The successful applicant will have significant input in the development of the site in terms of overall design implementation, planting, after care and ongoing management. The privately owned estate will not be open to the public, but will require excellent attention to detail at all times. The successful candidate will also have input in terms of gardening assistance as the site develops, however existing assistance is provided by way of part-time unskilled gardeners, to which you will be required to provide direction. A proportion of the job will involve working as a Sole Gardener at times.
Applicants must be very experienced and skilled Senior or Head Gardeners with a demonstrable ability to manage Under Gardeners in a private estate setting. Applicants should hold a level 3 horticultural qualification or higher as well as experience of kitchen gardens, cut flowers, greenhouse and propagation work. Spray certificates (PA1/6) are desired. The successful candidate must be capable of looking after a large private estate garden as a ‘Sole Gardener’ as well as managing skilled or unskilled assistants when required.
This position is offered with an on-site one bedroom flat that has been newly-refurbished to a very high standard. The flat consists of one double bedroom and is therefore suitable for a single person or couple, but unfortunately no children or pets. Rent and Council tax will be paid for by the employer.
This is an excellent opportunity for a talented, experienced and driven Head/Senior Gardener to join a fantastic garden project at an exciting stage.
Thank you for the interest you have shown in this 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 will have been unsuccessful.