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Head Gardener

National Trust
Lanhydrock, Lanhydrock, Bodmin, PL30 4DE
Closing date
15 May 2022
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The Head Gardener is responsible for all aspects of the care for the garden, delivering horticultural excellence, engaging visitors with the story of the garden and ensuring the garden is accessible to, and enjoyed by, everyone.

This position offers an exciting opportunity to help people enjoy this wonderful garden in whatever way they choose whilst inspiring them with an enthusiasm for horticulture and for the work of the National Trust.

Lanhydrock is an evolving garden and there is opportunity for creativity and dynamic gardening in addition to ensuring garden aesthetics are compatible with the historic integrity of the property. The future of the formal planting scheme at the front of the house is currently under review and the post-holder will have an opportunity to devise a short, medium and long term plan for this area.

The post-holder is responsible for the historic kitchen garden area which is currently used to grow on plants for the parterre. 

You’ll lead a team of three permanent and one seasonal member of staff and be responsible for their recruitment, management, job satisfaction and development.  You’ll create a working environment which fosters individual commitment and enthusiasm, develop engaging roles for volunteers and enable the development of the garden apprentice.  

You’ll set and deliver your own operating and conservation budgets of circa £250,000 per annum and be responsible for safety and compliance within the garden.

The production of a conservation management plan for the property is in the pipeline and the Head Gardener will be a key contributor to its delivery.

To be successful in this role you'll need to have;

  • Proven experience of managing a complex garden throughout the seasons and be able to draw on your excellent knowledge of plants and plant husbandry 
  • A passion for horticulture and a creative, enthusiastic and inspirational leadership style, with a ‘can do’ attitude
  • A higher level of horticultural experience supported by appropriate qualifications to RHS level 3 or above ( or equivalent vocational experience) . 
  • Experience of managing a team and setting high standards for yourself and those around you, delivering with pace and energy
  • An appreciation of the importance of forward planning, access, interpretation, presentation and engagement
  • Experience in engaging others and sharing your knowledge and expertise 
  • Significant experience of managing operational risk and compliance requirements relevant to horticulture.
  • An interest in conservation which extends beyond the garden and an ability to make a valuable contribution to the leadership team and the future of the place.


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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