National Trust
Cheshire Countryside, Nether Alderley, Macclesfield, SK10 4UB
£22,500 pro rata
Closing date
3 Jul 2022
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If you want a career in Gardening, we can offer you some of the most beautiful outdoor spaces in the UK to work in as well as one of the largest plant collections in Europe. 

Interviews will be held on Tuesday 12th July and will be consist of meeting the team , a practical exercise and an informal interview with the Head Gardener: Emma Hill. If you have any questions about the role please contact:

Internal training is available at all levels of your career with the trust, and where required external courses are also available to support your work in our gardens.
What it's like to work here         
The Cheshire Countryside Portfolio displays a range of garden history in its two gardens from the Tudor at Little Moreton Hall through the 18th century parkland, 19th century woodland and 20th century garden inspired by garden designer James Russell at Hare Hill, you'll help to look after both gardens and shape the 21st century layer through planned projects, especially the Boggy Square at Hare Hill, a meadow and community inspired space for relaxation and ‘spiritual refreshment’, as the donor of Hare Hill Colonel Brocklehurst vision. 

You'll be working with a team of volunteers, alongside experienced and supportive colleagues from the garden and ranger team to maintain a high level of seasonal presentation, particularly in the Walled Garden at Hare Hill and the Knot Garden at Little Moreton Hall. We are pleased to be able to offer a range of training opportunities within the gardens, and you will have input into plans and future projects allowing you to springboard your career with the National Trust.   Click here for more information about this location

What you'll be doing         

As a hands-on Gardener, you’ll assist in making sure that the gardens are maintained to a high standard. You’ll be passionate and enthused and knowledgeable about the varied plants within the garden. 

This role will include a range of practical horticultural tasks to develop, enhance and conserve the garden and contribute to the delivery of projects. You'll be helping with hard and soft landscaping and general maintenance of the garden, such as mulching, pruning, leaf clearing and weeding. You’ll support with the planting and maintenance of trees, shrubs, herbaceous plants. 

You’ll be helping to cut the hedges and mow our fine lawns. You’ll also take ownership of specific areas of the garden ensuring the highest standards are maintained and healthy plants are available for our visitors to enjoy. You’ll also support garden volunteers and help them to make the most of their time here. You’ll be expected to interact with the public on a daily basis, answering the many questions, or help out with gardening workshops, tours and helping set up events when needed. 

Please also read the full role profile attached to this advert.
Who we're looking for         

To be successful in this role you should be able to demonstrate the below:
•    Trained as a professional gardener/horticulturalist with a good level of practical experience.
•    RHS Level 2 or equivalent.
•    Have proven practical gardening/horticulture experience, as well as a strong knowledge of plants
•    Confidence to participate in garden activities and events
•    Competence with machinery/equipment use and maintenance; including tractors, chainsaws, and pedestrian mowers with accreditation as required for Health and Safety compliance.


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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