A fantastic opportunity has arisen for a skilled, enthusiastic and hands on head gardener to join the team on a beautiful private estate in Surrey.
The stunning 15 acre estate belongs to a Grade 1 listed home and has a walled garden, glasshouses, formal and informal gardens, vegetable and fruit gardens, woodland and lawns. The gardens are run organically and wildlife is positively encouraged.
The welcoming owners are keen gardeners and they have invested a great amount of time and money into the garden and are therefore looking for a genuinely passionate gardener/horticulturist with a willingness to dedicate their time to a wonderful and unique estate.
The head gardener will have a hands-on role in the daily care and continuous development of the garden.
They will be someone who takes pride in their work and will have a minimum of 5 years experience as a head gardener on a private estate and be able to identify and prioritise their time and 2 other estate/gardens staff.
The successful candidate must be enthusiastic, highly organised, physically fit and willing to work autonomously. They must be self motivated, able to work to a high standard and keen to look after and develop the gardens as if they were their own.
A horticultural qualification is essential - RHS level 3 or higher and excellent plant identification skills. Experience in growing plants under glass is also required. A good level of health and safety knowledge is important, competency in the operation and basic maintenance of garden machinery is needed too. He / She will be able to identify a wide range of plants, pests and diseases, together with knowledge of their requirements to thrive.
This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who really wants to shine, work for a plant passionate family and to make their own mark on the gardens.
Hours: 8am-5pm Monday to Friday (although the head gardener will be required to have some seasonal flexibility)
20 days holiday per annum plus bank holidays, rising to a maximum of 25
Salary: Negotiable for the right person
Please email CV with covering letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org