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Senior Gardener

National Trust
Belton House, Belton, Grantham, NG32 2LS
£25662 per annum
Closing date
15 May 2022
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We are looking for an experienced, qualified Senior Gardener to join our team. You'll be responsible for managing the day-to-day care of the gardens at Belton whilst ensuring everyone who visits the garden feel welcome.

There will be some weekend working (approx. 1 in 5). This role will be partly office based.

What it's like to work here        

Belton House is one of the National Trust’s busiest places and we hope to welcome around 450,000 visitors this year. The Grade 1 listed garden is layered with formal parterres, pleasure gardens, and ponds. It features an orangery of international significance, fountain, maze, extensive spring bulb display, significant tree plantings and numerous statues and garden buildings.

You’ll be part of a dedicated property team looking after this special place, which also offers an ancient parkland, 17th-century mansion, and the National Trust’s largest outdoor adventure playground.

Reporting to the Head Gardener, you’ll supervise four other gardeners and a team of support volunteers to maintain, enhance, and conserve Belton’s gardens. 

What you'll be doing        

As a Senior Gardener you'll: 

  • Ensure health and safety compliance in the gardens 
  • Ensure tools and machinery are maintained. 
  • Help develop maintenance plans for the garden. 
  • Be involved in or oversee restoration and development projects. 
  • Help develop sustainable and efficient ways of working. 
  • Support the development and delivery of activities/tours in the gardens. 
  • Oversee plant propagation and the development of kitchen garden area. 
  • Organise volunteering events. 

Who we're looking for        

You'll need to have the following experience:

  • Qualified in horticulture to Level 3
  • Experience supervising staff and/or volunteers. 
  • Competence in horticultural machinery use and maintenance. 
  • Passionate about showcasing good horticulture and raising standards. 
  • Good knowledge of health and safety. 
  • A team player, willing to get involved and help deliver team and property objectives. 
  • Willing to work across a variety horticultural disciplines, as this role will be diverse. 
  • Has creative ideas on how to get visitors to interact with the garden. 
  • Driving licence is essential. Chainsaw and PA1 & PA6 desirable.


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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