Head Gardener - EC6601

Monmouthshire (Sir Fynwy)
Up to £50,000 DOE
03 May 2019
03 Jun 2019
Gardening Jobs
Full Time
Contract Type

A very rare opportunity has arisen for an experienced Head Gardener and excellent plants person to take ownership of a stunning private garden in Monmouthshire, Wales.  Designed, owned, and lived in by one of the country’s most celebrated garden designers, this exceptional position will deliver substantial reward and ensure pride of place in the industry for the successful candidate. 

This is an opportunity to effectively become an ambassador for the brand; to be involved with assisting the client with national and international consultations/visits on client properties, mentoring, lecturing and training of existing employees on their respective client gardens, the provision of advice and associated backup in the office from a client consultation perspective, in addition to the primary role of hands-on garden management at the designer’s home.

The Grade II listed late medieval property is situated in a private valley in the Welsh countryside.  The two-acre garden itself is set within five-acres of land and comprises wild flower meadows, topiary, roses, perennial borders, fruit trees and vegetables as well as riverside and woodland gardens.  Rare and unusual plant species can be found throughout the garden, with meticulous overall maintenance playing a significant role in the overall feel of the garden in order to ensure an example to visitors of the designer’s work.  There is room for improvement in the garden, so the successful applicant will have a chance to demonstrate their talent by way of subtle and bold new ideas, with no restriction on innovative out-of-the-box thinking.

The surrounding woodlands, meadows and other significant areas of the garden are undergoing development and enrichment at present and as such, the successful candidate will play a key role in the enhancement of these aspects in addition to the formal areas of the main garden. 

Applicants must have previous Head Gardener experience, extensive plant knowledge, excellent time management skills as well as a genuine hunger and excitement for the possibilities associated with creating stunning and unique gardens.  The Head Gardener must be able to communicate effectively, particularly as they will be expected to assist with in-house training of other gardeners, each of whom work in gardens that have also been created by this distinguished designer.  Applicants must have clear and demonstrable experience of Head/Senior Gardening at a high level, excellent attention to detail and a positive, enthusiastic attitude towards their work and colleagues.  Academic horticultural qualifications are essential, as is at least five years’ experience of private estate garden management at Senior/Head level.  Applicants with excellent horticultural knowledge from other backgrounds, e.g. the education or nursery/growing sectors, will be considered, so long as they can also demonstrate good hands-on gardening/management skills.

This is a rare vacancy, and an opportunity that will be awarded to the applicant that can demonstrate experience and excellence in each of the above areas.  A generous salary is offered for what will be an exciting and very rewarding position.  Accommodation may be sourced in the locality for exceptional candidates as part of the package offering, if required.

SALARY:        Up to £50,000 DOE

LOCATION:    Monmouthshire, Wales

JOB No:          EC6601

If this Head Gardener vacancy is of interest please apply or contact Mark Read on 01233 733510 or info@englishcountrygardeners.co.uk.

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