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Head Gardener

Employer
English Heritage
Location
Belsay Hall & Castle, Belsay, Ponteland, Northumberland, NE20 0DX
Salary
£30,379 per annum
Closing date
20 May 2022
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Would you like to use your passion and creativity to nurture one of the country's most prestigious gardens and inspire visitors from across the world? Then join us as Head Gardener at Belsay Hall. Brimming with historic character and exciting gardening opportunities, offers a remarkable setting in which to take the next step in your career.

You'll be playing a vital role in developing the grounds at Belsay Hall in Northumberland during what is a very exciting and transformative time for the site. The Belsay Awakes Project is the biggest of its kind ever undertaken by English Heritage and will see not only major conservation works to our historic buildings and the building of new visitor facilities but also the redesign of our beautiful gardens to bring them closer to the vision of the original owners of the Hall. Leading a highly motivated and professional team of gardeners and volunteers, you will work to realise the ambitious design of Dan Pearson and reawaken the gardens at Belsay.

You'll find imaginative ways of bringing to life the stories that they tell, helping visitors of all ages to make new discoveries and play an integral part in our nationwide gardens team, helping to train and inspire the gardening talent of the future.

We're looking for someone with a creative eye; high-quality garden management experience; excellent plant knowledge and horticultural skills; and a talent for leadership. You'll know how to ensure visitors enjoy their day out - from sharing your gardening knowledge, to ensuring their health and safety. Project management, ICT and budgeting skills are also a must for this busy and dynamic role.

We strive to be an inclusive employer and are always looking for people who reflect the diversity of the country today, to help us make it more relevant to the diversity of the people, communities and places we serve. We continually look for new ways to promote the past in a way that is inclusive to all and that celebrates the cultural diversity of England's heritage.

From remote sites to inner city monuments, from regional teams to our Head Office, the diversity of our teams is critical to making sure our shared heritage is inclusive, exciting and accessible.

You'll find it's a workplace like no other - taking you behind the scenes of these extraordinary sites and supporting you to share your ideas, inspire others and make a difference.

By joining us, you'll enjoy the rewards of a great team environment in inspiring locations, helping to make our site a wonderful place to visit. You'll also be joining our charity, which through our 400+ historic monuments, buildings and sites, brings the story of England to life for over 10 million visitors each year. We offer a competitive benefits package including a generous pension, 25 days leave a year and free entry to all English Heritage properties for you, another adult and up to 6 children (under the age of 18).

Closing date: 20/05/2022 23:59

Company

Joining us means working somewhere a little different. A career with us as part of our Gardens Team could see you conserve and restore some of the most significant gardens in England, and enable our visitors to enjoy the great cultural heritage of our gardens.

We have dedicated garden teams who maintain and bring to life 11 key gardens across England.  Our gardens illustrate the depth of horticultural history from across the centuries, from the Elizabethan garden at Kenilworth Castle through to the 1930’s gardens at Eltham Place, and vary in size from Down House, the home of Charles Darwin and his garden of international significance, to the magnificent Osborne House, Queen Victoria’s palatial holiday home on the Isle of Wight. 

Career paths

A passion for gardens and people is essential as our gardens provide the focal point of many of our visitors seeking to understand both the history as well as our future plans. You could join us within a number of different roles from Trainee or Gardener through to a Head Gardener or Gardens Advisor. Each site will offer a unique starting point from where you can shape a career that aligns with your horticultural skills and personal interests. 

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Telephone
01179 750739
Location
Engine House
Swindon
Wiltshire
SN2 2EH
United Kingdom
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