HEAD GARDENER

Employer
Titsey Foundation.
Location
Oxted
Salary
A competitive salary will be paid, subject to experience.
Closing date
30 Dec 2020

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Titsey Place is a privately owned manor house on a large rural estate near Oxted, Surrey.  The house is surrounded by 15 acres of historic gardens including a Victorian walled garden, rose garden, formal gardens, lakes, orchards, terraces and woodland.  Titsey Place is open to the public during the summer months and the gardens are an impressive and key attraction for our visitors.

We are looking for a knowledgeable, hardworking and capable Head Gardener to lead a team of three full time gardeners (and one seasonal gardener) to manage the gardens to a very high standard for the enjoyment of our visitors and resident family.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the management of:

  • General garden maintenance
  • Turf management
  • Glasshouse management
  • Seasonal bedding displays
  • Propagation
  • Pruning
  • Spraying
  • Vegetable and fruit growing
  • Routine garden machinery maintenance
  • Limited woodland and chain saw work
  • Herbaceous borders
  • Assisting with management of the Public Opening

We are looking for a candidate with the following key attributes:

  • Horticultural qualification
  • Experience in leadership and team management
  • Well organised and able to manage and maintain gardens to seasonal requirements
  • Good admin and record keeping skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Hands on all-weather gardener
  • PA1 and PA6 spraying qualifications

The usual hours of work are 8.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Monday to Friday with 1 hour for lunch and two half an hour tea-breaks, usually taken mid-morning and mid-afternoon.  Also one week-end (5 hour day) per month.  The successful candidate will be entitled to 25 days holiday plus statutory bank holidays.  The holiday year is from 1 January to 31 December.

Salary: A competitive salary will be paid, subject to experience.

Accommodation will be provided in an attractive Estate cottage.

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Titsey Place in Oxted, Surrey is an impressive manor house with beautiful gardens set in the stunning countryside of the North Downs. The House and Gardens are held in Charitable Trust and for part of the year are open to the public offering:

  • Guided tours of the house which dates back to the 16th century.
  • Stunning gardens including the walled kitchen gardens, landscaped lakes, and the Queen's Golden Jubilee Rose Garden.
  • Picturesque parkland, bordered by broadleaf woodland and grazed by the 'Titsey Herd' of pedigree Sussex cattle.
  • Woodland walks in the Titsey Plantation and High Chart with views across the Downs.
  • Delicious refreshments available from the Tea Rooms.
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