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Tree Surgeon/ Woodsman - 43776

Fresh Horticultural Careers
Ascot, Berkshire
£25K + performance related bonus.
Closing date
13 May 2021
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Exciting opportunity for an estate Woodsman/ Tree Surgeon with strong skills to join an historical estate on the Berkshire / Surrey borders. The estate is privately managed and is set within 200 acres.  The gardens comprise a mix of mature and decorative ornamental features set within beautiful landscape. The estate has modern equipment and staff facilities.


To support the existing Gardens team by providing in-house specialist knowledge/expertise in arboriculture and woodland management, and to assist with general grounds maintenance duties as required. Principal duties associated with the role, reporting to the Head Gardener, will include:

  • Day-to-day management of existing small woodlands at various stages of rotation, including selective thinning and management of natural regeneration
  • In close collaboration with the existing Gardens team, the ongoing management of the ‘woodland’ element of extensive, young, woodland gardens
  • Planting and protecting young trees; weeding; managing irrigation; etc.
  • A full range of tree management works including basic inspections and associated reporting and record-keeping; climbing; pruning; shaping; felling; etc.

Introducing such a role – in tandem with investing in further training for existing staff – would help to address the following skills gaps/capacity issues:

  • ‘Woodland gardening’, particularly the selection and protection of natural regeneration, formative pruning, etc.
  • Planting, establishing, and maintaining young trees
  • Small-scale woodland management principles
  • Increasing in-house arboricultural capabilities


Essential Criteria

  • NPTC Forestry and Arboriculture Level 2 certificates [new codes] 201-210; 212-213; 253-254; 257-258 and Level 3 certificates 2101-2102; 2106-2109 (or equivalent qualifications)
  • LANTRA/NPTC certificates in the use of brushcutters and trimmers, stump grinders, and woodchippers
  • PA1 and PA6 pesticide certificates
  • Basic first aid certificate
  • At least three years’ experience in arboriculture and/or woodland management
  • Demonstrable understanding of continuous cover forestry principles
  • Experience of general grounds maintenance
  • Full driving licence (including towing categories B+E)

Desirable Criteria

  • Experience in amenity horticulture
  • Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) certificate
  • Any additional NPTC F&A certificates not listed above


We possess over 20 years recruitment experience and have specialised in the Gardening, Landscaping and Horticulture industries since 1999. Typically we have 150+ permanent vacancies covering all areas of the horticultural industry, from operatives to senior management.To apply for any of our vacancies please complete our simple online application form by visiting

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020 7793 7825
8 Silk Mews
SE11 4BA
United Kingdom
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