An opportunity to work in our ‘unique chalk garden’ has arisen for a Craft Gardener to join our award winning Highdown Gardens team. You will be looking after our living library of rare plants nestled on the South Downs north of Worthing in West Sussex. This is a listed public garden created over 100 years ago by the plant collector Sir Frederick Stern. The successful candidate will provide skills and expertise to help maintain and deliver horticultural excellence at Highdown Gardens
It is essential that you hold a college diploma in horticulture or provide evidence of equivalent knowledge.
The successful candidate will have experience of maintaining herbaceous borders, woody shrubs, climbers and trees, must have a keen eye for detail in spotting and controlling pests and diseases and be physically fit.
Following a large heritage lottery restoration investment, the gardens now offer a wide range of activities including guided tours and educational activities. The successful candidate will be part of the opportunity to share our passion for horticulture and social history with the public.
An interest in sustainability is also becoming increasingly important to the role as we evolve our planting schemes and general practice to be more sustainable and adapt to the changing climate. This includes creating wildflower areas, water harvesting, pest & disease control, composting and feeding.
You will be expected to be skilled and experienced in the use of various powered machinery and will be expected to work outdoors throughout the year as well as carry out some basic administrative tasks. You will have a positive approach to working and take pride in the work that we do. You will be able to demonstrate high standards of behaviour and professionalism in dealing with the public.
Does this sound like you?
For an informal discussion about this post, contact Gwenn Parker-Tregoat, Custodian of Highdown Gardens at firstname.lastname@example.org