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Head Gardener

Spetchley Gardens Charitable Trust
Worcester, Worcestershire
£30-35,000 experience dependant plus house
Closing date
27 Nov 2020

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To inspire and lead a full-time team and  volunteer force in a renowned 30 acre garden in Worcestershire, that is open to visitors. 

This is a hands-on role for someone with a  strong horticultural background, who has a  passion for plants, shrubs, and trees. 

Purpose of role:  

To utilise professional and inspirational expertise to lead this large, unique garden  forward to fulfil its true potential. Working closely with the owner, trustees and staff  to develop the garden.  

Reports through:  The Estate Manager to the owner and Trustees 

Reportees:  A team of three full time gardeners and 25 volunteers 

Location:  Spetchley Park Gardens, Spetchley, Worcestershire WR5 1RS 

Main Duties 

  • To work collaboratively with the owner to establish a strategic plan for the  continued evolution of the garden. Ensure effective delivery of the plan  within timescales and agreed budgets.  
  • To work with the Operations manager to advance the visitor business  experience, identifying new ideas and supporting implementation. 
  • To manage, inspire and educate the team of staff and volunteers, in the  highest standards of horticulture. 
  • As the competent person, to ensure a positive approach to health and safety  guidelines and implementing recommendations for the benefit of both staff  and visitors in accordance with the annual review. 
  • To work with the Estate Manager to maintain the fabric and infrastructure of  the buildings within the garden – identifying key areas to address and  maintaining budget awareness of all projects.  
  • To implement and maintain a plant data base including the correct labelling  of all plants and trees within the garden. 
  • To help with the organisation and implementation of other activities and  events sponsored by the Charity – be an ambassador for the Spetchley  Estate.

Financial management 

  • Working with the Owner, Estate Manager & Estate Accountant to construct, agree and manage a budget for the garden. 
  • Regularly review the use of contractors within the gardens.  

People Management 

  • Ensure the team and volunteers are managed fairly, consistently and any HR  issues are addressed should they arise. 
  • To conduct annual appraisals of all garden staff.  

Training and Development 

  • To be responsible for own training and professional development and that of  your staff. 
  • Actively continue to develop your knowledge of plants keeping abreast of  new processes and techniques. 
  • To be a member of relevant horticultural organisations, such as RHS and IOH and other societies. 

Relationship Management 

  • In all contacts with staff on the estate, visitors, and people with whom the  estate deals, to maintain the high standards of friendliness, integrity, and co operation. 
  • To liaise with affiliated groups and to work with them for their benefit and of  the Charity.  


  • To strive for high standards of visitor care and the improvement of the visitor  experience. 
  • To show initiative and a focus in suggesting opportunities to be considered. 

Closing date for applications: Friday 27th November 2020

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