Skilled Gardener - Live Out - EC6506

Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire
£25,000-£30,000 DOE
21 Aug 2019
21 Sep 2019
Gardening Jobs
Full Time
Contract Type

A rare opportunity has arisen for a Skilled Gardener to work alongside, and provide guidance to, an existing small team of gardeners on a beautiful private estate in Hertfordshire.  The impressive period property is framed by gardens designed by a highly respected Chelsea Gold Medal winning designer.  The new Skilled Gardener, along with the team, will liaise with the Head Gardener on a regular basis and impart their horticultural knowledge to the team from a hands-on perspective.

The privately-owned estate encompasses approximately 40-acres, of which five are gardens maintained to a very high standard.  The gardens are open once a year at the end of May as part of the NGS scheme, and as testament to their popularity, have broken the regional record for the most successful turnout in a day.  The varied site includes a ¾ acre walled garden, a 4 ¼ acre ornamental garden with water features, trees, shrubs, perennials and a long list of additional elements, ornamental plants and areas beyond.  Glasshouses on site are used for propagation, growing vegetables, overwintering citrus and a few ornamentals.  The remainder of the estate encompasses paddocks/ménage, a tennis court, parkland and a swimming pool.  The garden team are noted for their small but much-praised production of fruit and vegetables, of which some are used for home-made preserves and juices. The estate also provides a home for various animals; a small herd of Dexter cattle, Texel sheep, chickens and horses. 

Applications are sought from experienced and knowledgeable private estate gardeners who possess excellent horticultural knowledge and a positive, friendly character.  Chemical spray certificate and chainsaw licenses are both desirable, but not essential.  The successful applicant will be self-motivated, have excellent communication skills and excellent horticultural knowledge.  Applicants should also have demonstrable experience on horticulturally diverse private estates, academic horticultural qualifications and good knowledge of plant propagation, kitchen gardening, glasshouse work, specialist pruning techniques, and particularly of ornamental horticulture and of efficient seasonal garden management.  Good physical fitness and a commitment to the garden is necessary, as is the ability to provide guidance to colleagues with diplomacy and a positive attitude.

A full driving licence and your own transport are required for this role (as accommodation is not provided).  Applicants should possess genuine enthusiasm for horticulture and gardens in general, and should have a ‘can-do’ attitude and a good sense of humour.

SALARY:       £25,000-£30,000 DOE

LOCATION:   Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire

JOB No:         EC6506

If this Skilled Gardener vacancy is of interest please apply or contact Mark Read on 01233 733510 or you for the interest you have shown in this Skilled Gardener 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 Skilled Gardener vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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Do you hold an academic horticultural qualification at Level 3 or above?

Do you have extensive experience of private estate gardening and/or of working with a diverse range of plants?

Do you have excellent horticultural knowledge, particularly with ornamentals?

Are you happy to work alongside a small garden team, and willing to provide guidance where necessary?

Do you hold a full UK driving licence?

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