Gardener

Recruiter
Wasing Estate
Location
Reading, Berkshire
Salary
TBD
Posted
10 Jan 2019
Closes
01 Feb 2019
Hours
Full Time
Contract Type
Permanent

The Wasing Estate is a progressive and diverse modern Estate comprising a total area of approximately 4,000 acres. As one of the Country’s most acclaimed Wedding venues the grounds and parkland are of critical importance. Historically the gardens have always been highly regarded, and despite suffering for a number of years due to a lack of investment, there are exciting plans for the future to bring back its outstanding reputation and extend further into hospitality development. There will be a requirement to work alongside internal management to deliver an outstanding and highly regarded garden and grounds.

The Gardener is responsible for supporting the Head Gardener in all aspects of the maintenance and improvement of Estate grounds and 24 acres of ornamental gardens on this privately owned Estate.

Key Areas

  • Working with the Head Gardener to maintain the gardens to an agreed style and standard set by the Head Gardener
  • Help to develop new areas of the garden
  • Propagate and grow on plants for use in the gardens
  • Assist with fruit tree pruning and harvesting of apples and pears
  • Maintain the amenity areas of the estate, including lawns, woodland, meadows and tree avenues in conjunction with the Estate team
  • Contribute towards the planning of projects to help the Estate continue to enhance and improve the gardens
  • Be part of a team that ensure the optimum deployment of staff and resource within a work environment that fosters individual commitment, confidence, creativity and enthusiasm and open and effective communication on work related issues among staff
  • Have a willingness to undertake a wider range of other duties as required by the estate

Knowledge, skills and experience

  • A horticultural qualification is required
  • Minimum 2 years relevant experience in professional garden maintenance
  • Good working knowledge of gardens and their management. Knowledge of various propagation techniques would be beneficial
  • Good plant knowledge
  • Experience of a variety of garden machinery
  • Understanding of good Health and Safety practices in horticulture

Skills

  • Practical horticulture
  • Excellent customer communication and relationship building skills
  • Able to operate within a team or on own initiative

Requirement

  • Full Drivers licence including trailer test if applicable

Useful

  • PA1 & PA6
  • Chainsaw certificate
  • First aid qualification

Closing date for applications: 1st February 2019

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