Director of Horticulture

Up to £60,000 + benefits
16 Aug 2019
11 Sep 2019
Full Time
Contract Type


About The Newt in Somerset

As custodians of The Newt in Somerset, we are busy restoring the historic buildings and landscape of the Estate. The gardens associated with Hadspen House, which were once a much-respected visitor garden, recently reopened to the public.  Visitor attractions include garden tours, cider making, farm shop, café and estate walks. A garden museum is being built.  Hadspen House and the historic farm buildings surrounding it will shortly open as a new luxury hotel and spa. It is anticipated that the Estate will attract some 100,000 visitors per year and in time become one of the region’s most popular destinations.

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Position Summary

We are seeking Director of Horticulture as chief of the Estate’s gardens.  He or she will be an expert horticulturalist with excellent first-hand experience of running a busy public garden and managing a successful team. The Director of Horticulture will also represent us in the horticultural field externally.

This senior management position will be responsible for planning, implementing, overseeing and reporting on a comprehensive programme of active garden creation, productive growing and garden maintenance for all gardens and nursery areas across the Estate in its various diverse areas. The Director of Horticulture also oversees the visitor experience function.


Skills and Experience 

  • First hand experience of managing a successful public garden at the highest level. Experience and proven ability in the management of a team of 30 plus people. Broad-ranging horticultural expertise with evidence of appropriate academic    qualifications. A thorough, precise and well organised individual. An eagerness to provide the highest level of visitor experience. The candidate will be a hard-working, energetic person with excellent team working skills and the ability to communicate across all levels and adapting their style to meet individual needs. Act as an ambassador and expert to external audiences, the media & visitors to the estate. Adequate IT skills for implementing efficient management systems and records are an essential requisite. Full and clean UK driving license.


Terms and Conditions

  • Competitive remuneration package around 60 000 pounds p.a. to be discussed with short listed candidates. Professional membership and reasonable professional development costs covered. Work place pension scheme available.

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