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Senior Gardener

National Trust
BA2 5AH, Bath
Closing date
17 Oct 2021

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We are looking for someone to help lead the reinstatement of historical Grade 1 listed, World Heritage Site, Prior Park in Bath. Prior Park has recently undergone a large scale restoration of the 18th century dams and the work will be complete soon. Following behind the project will be a schedule of planting, supervising contractors for tree work, path work and establishment of the newly planted trees.

You will work in conjunction with the existing gardening team but have no line management responsibility. You will need to be aware of spend associated with establishing plants and able to communicate this to the project manager and line manager.

If you're looking for experience at a higher graded role in horticulture or looking to gain experience in the National Trust then this role could be for you.

Interview date: 2nd November 2021.

You’ll love working outdoors and understand that our gardens and grounds are as significant as our mansion houses, collections and our historical places. Our visitors tell us how much they enjoy the peace and tranquillity of our well-kept outdoor spaces, which makes your role vital in making sure our visitors have an amazing experience.

We don’t just need you to manage our beautiful gardens, although this is an important part of the role; we’d like you to help manage the team too. As the Senior Gardener in our team, we’d like you to lead by example, with exceptional gardening skills, but you’ll also understand how to manage the workload for this team, and deliver exceptional training to new staff and volunteers.

To be successful in this role you should be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Significant practical experience in horticulture supported by relevant qualifications
  • Have supervisory experience from a similar role
  • Excellent knowledge of plants
  • Competent with the use and maintenance of garden machinery including chainsaws, tractors, hedge trimmers, pedestrian and ride on mowers


The National Trust is described by its employee gardeners as “dynamic, supportive, inquisitive and fun”, where its beautiful places “lift your spirits naturally” and “somewhere you can expand new skills”. The organisation is currently recruiting for a number of gardening roles. 

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