Senior Gardener

Lydhurst Ventures
West Sussex
Competitive Salary
Closing date
16 Aug 2021
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Senior Gardener 

An experienced Senior Gardener is required for large country gardens and grounds in West Sussex. The gardens comprise two historic gardens, two walled gardens, woodland areas  and wildflower meadows. The appointed person will be required to work as part of a small,  dedicated team overseen by a Head Gardener and work in creative partnership with the  Employer. Applicants will need to be physically fit, have a detailed knowledge of horticulture (ideally Level 2 or 3 RHS Horticulture qualification or equivalent), have at least five years’ experience in working as part of a team and executing tasks alone, and being conscious of  health and safety requirements.  

There are potential career development possibilities for the right candidate. 

The Role 

The applicant will need to be able to work as part of a team, showing leadership potential,  and execute tasks in the garden on their own. The role will cover a wide range of work,  which will include:  

  • Daily Horticultural management 
  • Strategic maintenance 
  • Being able to lead a small team of gardeners 
  • Organising and maintaining daily garden records 
  • Use of garden machinery and chemicals, including hedge trimmers, pedestrian and  ride-on mowers, tractors etc.  
  • Pool care 

Skills required for The Role: 

Suitable applicants will have: 

  • Extensive knowledge of plant and tree identification and management. ξ Significant practical experience in horticulture supported by relevant qualifications (Level 2 or 3 RHS or equivalent). 
  • At least five years’ post qualifying full time work experience. 
  • Have supervisory experience from a similar role. 
  • Knowledge and experience of implementing relevant health and safety legislation  and practice. 
  • Experience processing paperwork relevant to this role. 
  • Good communication skills within a team environment, as well as being motivated  to work alone. 
  • Full clean driving licence. 

Additional skills might include: 

  • An appreciation of conservation, farming and forestry practices in a modern changing  countryside. 
  • Extensive grounds maintenance experience including pool care. 
  • Mechanics, carpentry and metal working skills. 

A proven passion for horticulture is essential, as are good organisational and people  management skills, enthusiasm and a positive attitude. This job can be physically  demanding. Successful applicants will be subject to DBS checks. 

All applicants need to submit a full CV with covering letter.

Type: Full Time 

Hours: 8am – 5pm (4pm on Friday) 

Start Date: As soon as possible 

Working Days: Hours may involve working weekends across a seven-day week pattern. 


Commensurate with experience and in reference to the Professional Gardener’s Guild Salary Guidelines. 


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