Head Gardener for a very special private estate in Gloucestershire
This is truly an exceptional Cotswolds Garden on the outskirts of Tetbury. The 9.4 acre garden has recently been restored and renewed by Tom Stuart-Smith in a traditional but modern style. The owners wish to further establish and enjoy their garden.
Set within a stunning landscape, the garden contains a one acre historic walled garden, mixed perennial borders, trees and shrubs, a significant Foster and Pearson glasshouse, productive garden, and flower cutting area.
Around the house are beautifully planted compartmentalised spaces with perennials, shrubs, and roses. A woodland garden has been created and leads to the edge of the property and parkland beyond.
The role requires a highly competent Head Gardener who can share the owner’s vision and achieve the high standards and presentation required.
The Head Gardener will take responsibility for the garden. They will lead a team of 4 skilled gardeners. The garden is not open to the public.
Key qualities we are looking for
The HG must be an excellent communicator with their team, the owner and designer.
Have significant experience and knowledge of perennials, roses, flower cutting and edible production; and hold a horticultural qualification to RHS Level 3, or equivalent.
Be a strong leader and hands on team player. Should be confident, self-motivated, and organised. Able to demonstrate that they can support and lead their team to consistently achieve the highest standards of horticultural management and presentation.
This is a hands-on role, working with the team but also must be able to organise and support the further development of the team.
Candidates should be able to demonstrate previous experience of private employment with the appropriate skills, etiquette, and integrity to match.
An excellent package circa £38 – 40k, generously reflecting the upper level of the PGG 2021 salary guidelines. The Head Gardener will have use of a pool car.
A cottage is available free of charge, some rates will be covered.