Skilled Gardener with Sole Charge
Aberdeenshire Estate Skilled Gardener with Sole Charge – Live in
We have a vacancy for an experienced, qualified gardener to have sole charge of a beautiful two acre walled garden on a private Aberdeenshire estate. The garden lies within the Designed Landscape of the Castle and reflects the work of the present owner who is a professional designer.
The gardens have been open to the public through SGS and the owners recently received an award to mark 50 years of support for the charity.
The walled garden comprises lawns , yew and box hedges, herbaceous and mixed borders and is dissected by a long allee of pleached hornbeam. There is a kitchen garden and the high walls are home to trained apples , cherries, plums and gages.
The lower end of the garden makes a meadow leading down to the burn which flows along the valley bottom into the woodland beyond.
There is a modest array of glass houses which are used for propagation and for peaches and nectarines as well as for houseplants.
We need a well motivated person with an eye for detail and a desire to achieve high standars with the ability to work on their own initiative.
The successful applicant will report daily to the owners or their agent . Experience relevant to the care of mixed borders, lawns, trees and hedges as well as fruit trees and garden fruit and vegetables is essential .
In addition applicants must have certificates in spraying and chainsaw operation and be able to undertake routine machinery maintenance (strimmers and mowers). We will be looking for good written and verbal communication skills, good organisational skills, a good understanding of Health and Safety issues and a valid driving licence
A flexible approach in line with the the needs of the garden and the family will be necessary . This is a working estate and the successful applicant will be expected to assist on the estate at times.
Hours are 7.30am – 5:00pm in summer and 8:00am – 4.40pm in winter. Usual holidays.
Salary negotiable in line with PGG rates and according to experience.
There is a three bedroom house available adjacent to the garden. Good local schools and amenities within two miles of the estate.
LOCATION: Turriff, Aberdeenshire
Please apply by email via the portal below.