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Head Gardener

National Trust for Scotland
Alloway, Ayr, South Ayrshire
Closing date
16 Apr 2021
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This job exists in order to ensure that the garden and policies are managed and maintained as gardens of high horticultural standards to augment and showcase the significance of the cultural heritage of the properties. The job will be contributing to the property’s overall conservation and development, and its enjoyment by visitors and supporters in line with the Trust conservation procedures, using strategic Property conservation and management plans.

Robert Burns Birthplace Museum & related properties include Burns Cottage (birthplace of the Poet), its surrounding gardens and smallholding and the Education Pavilion.  Linking the Cottage site with the museum, is the Poets Path, a strip of parkland with path containing various sculptures interpreting Burns’ poems.  The main Museum site has large areas of lawn and gardens with play area to the rear.  Close by are the Burns Monument Gardens, containing the Burns Monument, a statue-house; the Brig o’ Doon, including a small area of riverside garden: Auld Kirk Alloway and its Kirkyard (separately maintained by the Local Authority). In addition, the property includes non-public area, comprising a garden compound and the Bachelor’s Club at Tarbolton and Souter Johnnie’s Cottage at Kirkoswald 
which also require gardens maintenance.

Interested applicants should forward a completed application form to the People Department (Applications), The National Trust for Scotland, Hermiston Quay, 5 Cultins Road Edinburgh EH11 4DF, by mail or by email via, by first post (i.e. 10.00am) on 16th April 2021.

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