Head Gardener Job nr Crewe Cheshire - Exclusive to Greycoat Lumleys 2021 start
An experienced and responsible Head Gardener is required to work in a private garden and landscape in Cheshire. It is an exciting opportunity to take on a newly planted garden within an existing established landscape setting. The candidate should have strong horticultural knowledge, as well as extensive experience in both administrative and practical management of gardens and landscapes throughout the year and proven supervisory experience.
The position is full time and he/she will be required to work with and manage other garden staff and coordinate with external contractors, as required, for specialist horticultural projects. They will be expected to manage, programme and oversee any external maintenance and service contractors for items such as the irrigation, lake, cascades, lighting, sheep grazing and various energy elements. It will also be necessary for them to gain a working understanding of the relevant equipment for day to day management. They will be expected to keep up-to-date records and daily diaries accordingly.
The site incorporates existing woodland, newly planted woodland copses, mature specimen trees, mixed shrub and herbaceous, formal and informal planting, formal lawns, a wetland area, cascades, meadow, grazed parkland and a new large lake. There is a river running through the site, as well as a walled garden planted with annuals, fruit and vegetables, along with an ornamental pool, glasshouse, potting shed and chicken / rabbit coop.
The successful candidate will be expected to maintain the grounds to the highest horticultural standards throughout the seasons and have a sound understanding of general garden machinery, their uses and maintenance. They should be willing to undertake training as required and qualifications in spraying (PA1 and PA6), hedge-cutting and chainsaw use would be an advantage. They should be good at budget planning and have a comprehensive understanding of the relevant Health and Safety Regulations, environmental management, manual handling and risk assessment.
Candidates must have excellent interpersonal skills, be self-motivated and capable of working as part of a team, have a valid driving license and be comfortable around animals.
References will be required & Enhanced DBS check
Competitive salary subject to experience
Role to commence in Spring 2021