Green--fingered and hands-on, you’ll assist in making sure that Leonardslee is maintained to a high standard and be passionate and enthused by plants. This role will include a range of practical horticultural tasks to develop, enhance and conserve the garden and contribute to the delivery of projects. You'll be helping with hard and soft landscaping, and general maintenance of the garden, such as mulching, pruning, leaf clearing and weeding. You’ll support with the planting and maintenance of trees, shrubs, herbaceous plants, and our famous collections of rare and unusual plants. You’ll also be helping to cut hedges and maintain lawns.
As Leonardslee is open to the public you will be expected to interact with visitors on a daily basis, answering questions, leading gardening workshops or tours, and helping to set up events as needed.
We want you to have an eye for detail and experience of looking after alpine plants, herbaceous plants, trees and shrubs. Experience working with planting combinations and managing teams of volunteers is also desirable, and we are looking for someone that has experience working in a large garden open to the public. We don’t want you to just tend the garden but be proud of it, and be comfortable sharing your knowledge with our interested visitors.
As well as practical horticulture experience, you will have RHS Level 2 (or equivalent) and an excellent understanding of horticultural techniques and plant identification. We would also like you to have experience of using garden machinery, PA1 and PA6, and experience working with contractors. A current first aid certificate would be great, but it’s not essential.