Lawn Specialist / Grounds Person - Live Out - EC6523

Bicester, Oxfordshire
Up to £25,000 DOE + bonus
16 Apr 2019
16 May 2019
Gardening Jobs
Full Time
Contract Type

A rare opportunity has arisen for an experienced grounds person, with specialist knowledge of turf/lawn care, to join a team of eight gardeners on a prestigious Tom Stuart-Smith designed estate in Oxfordshire.

The historic 74-acre property, currently being extensively re-designed by Tom Stuart-Smith, boasts an arboretum and surrounding parkland with two large lakes, a lake garden, sunken garden, woodland and a woodland garden.  A two-acre walled garden and extensive herbaceous borders are also managed by the team of gardeners, with the entirety of the garden areas falling under management of the Head Gardener.  The gardens are maintained to the highest standard and as such, applicants should be able to demonstrate impeccable attention to detail and a genuine passion for their profession.

The successful candidate will be responsible for ensuring the maintenance and improvement of all the lawns within the estate.  Applicants must have a strong and demonstrable background working specifically with lawns and their management, from a health and aesthetics perspective.  The current in-house program includes aeration, scarification, top dressing, over-seeding, pest, disease and weed control, all of which will be the responsibility of the successful candidate.

Applicants must be fully conversant in all aspects of garden machinery in relation to lawn/turf management, i.e. cylinder mowers, ride on mowers, rotary mowers, tractors, strimmers etc.  Academic horticultural qualifications in turf/lawn care are welcome but not necessary, as experience and a clear working knowledge of each aspect of the role will take priority.   Candidates with PA1/PA6 spraying certificates, in addition to the above experience in lawn care, are desirable.  Attention to detail is paramount in this role, so dedication, commitment and genuine pride in a job well done is required of all applicants.

Flexibility is required as the garden team will require assistance at certain times throughout the year.  The Head Gardener, to whom the successful candidate will report, is open to supporting new ideas in terms of management, technique and overall development of processes if the successful candidate can demonstrate strong knowledge and experience in a similar role.

This is an excellent opportunity for a talented and enthusiastic person to showcase their skills on one of the country’s most prestigious estates on a permanent long-term basis.  The successful candidate will receive up to £25,000 per year (dependent on experience) plus a pension scheme and discretionary bonus.  Working hours are 08:00 – 17:00 between 1st March and 1st of November, and 08:00 – 16:00 between 1st November and 1st March.

SALARY:      Up to £25,000 DOE + Bonus

LOCATION:  Bicester, Oxfordshire

JOB No:        EC6523

If this Lawn Specialist / Grounds Person vacancy is of interest please apply or contact Mark Read on 01233 733510 or

Thank you for the interest you have shown in this Lawn Specialist / Grounds Person 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 for this Lawn Specialist / Grounds Person vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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