Head Gardener

Church of England
London (Greater)
£39,289 rising to £42,246 per year, after probation.
Closing date
11 Jun 2022
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Lambeth Palace is a unique building of significant historical and global provenance.  It is, first and foremost, the home of the Archbishop of Canterbury and his family, as well as home to a wider, diverse and thriving, residential community.  It is also an office and the epicentre of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s ministry to the Church of England and the global Anglican Communion. It is a Grade I listed building comprising various listed buildings dating from the 12th to the 20th centuries, set within 10 acres of beautiful, landscaped gardens.


This is a unique opportunity to manage a historic, fully organic garden in a registered conservation area.

We are looking for an excellent candidate to enhance the leadership of the onsite Estates Team and deliver fantastic service to our ‘Community of Communities’ at Lambeth Palace.

As Head Gardener, you will be responsible for the management and maintenance of the garden at Lambeth Palace, consisting of some 10.5 acres. This includes direction of future development and care of existing planting and design, in consultation with the Head of Estates and Steward and the Archbishop and his wife. 

To be successful you will need experience of managing a large garden and the ability to manage and motivate a team. Familiarity with organic garden management practices and enthusiasm and commitment are also essential, together with the requirements mentioned below.

For an informal conversation please contact charlie.smith@lambethpalace.org.uk 

Interviews will be held at Lambeth Palace on Tuesday 21 June 2022 with second stage interviews on Wednesday 22 June 2022.

The Church of England is for everyone and we want to reflect the diversity of the community the Church serves across the whole country. Therefore, while of course we welcome all applications from interested and suitably experienced people, we would particularly welcome applicants from UK Minority Ethnic Backgrounds. 

A comprehensive and supportive induction programme will be put in place for the post holder to ensure that they have all the information, access and contacts required to quickly acclimatise and excel in this role.

We offer a unique environment with opportunities for continuous learning, generous annual leave for work life balance, season ticket loans and a range of benefits including discounted entry to attractions and what we feel is a market leading package when it comes to our pension scheme.

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