Head Gardener

Great Kingshill, High Wycombe
Dependent on experience
11 Sep 2019
11 Oct 2019
Full Time
Contract Type

Pipers Corner School is an independent girls day school set in 96 acres of Chiltern countryside in Buckinghamshire. The school has extensive grounds and green space surrounded by agricultural fields. 

The successful applicant will join the two other gardeners in working towards objectives for the extensive gardens, the pond, sports lawns, wildflower meadow and the private garden of the Headmistress.  The successful candidate will have a passion for gardening and gardens and be responsible for the general maintenance and development of the school grounds with a view to creating an enjoyable experience for pupils, parents, guests and visitors.  

Applicants will ideally hold an academic horticultural qualification and should have experience of working in Schools, private estate gardens or public gardens. Candidates must be confident in their use of garden machinery and with their knowledge of plants, have an ability to work to a high standard at all times and in working to established health and safety standards. The garden areas of the estate are not managed organically, though chemical use is kept to a minimum.  Chemical spray certificates are desirable but not essential.   

Responsibilities of the successful applicant will include lawn care (mowing, edging, feeding, scarifying, aerating, watering and weeding), planting and pruning, maintenance of the flowerbeds and wildflower meadow and basic maintenance of all garden equipment.   

Applicants should have a basic awareness of pests and diseases and, with appropriate training if required, will be able to apply chemicals where appropriate.  Irrigation will be required at times, particularly for the green roof on the science laboratory and specific flowers, trees and shrubs.  As a member of the small garden team, assistance with gritting will also be required in winter. 

The successful applicant will be self-motivated, have excellent communication skills and attention to detail.  A full driving licence and your own transport are required for this role.  

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