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Senior Gardener

National Trust
Hanbury Hall, School Road, Droitwich, WR9 7EA
£25,662 per annum
Closing date
10 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. The Senior Gardener role at Hanbury Hall is a great opportunity for an experienced gardener looking for their next role. You’d be joining a great team of staff and volunteers at an exciting time for the property, as we invest in our infrastructure to improve the visitor experience.

What it's like to work here        
A country retreat in the heart of Worcestershire. The house and garden, originally a stage-set for summer parties, offer a glimpse into life at the turn of the 18th century. Included in the Hall are original wall-paintings by Sir James Thornhill, which are full of drama and politics and show the birth of Georgian society.

The original formal gardens, designed by George London, have been faithfully re-created and complement the relaxed later gardens, with orangery, orchards and walled garden.

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What you'll be doing        
You’ll love working outdoors and understand that our gardens and grounds are as significant as our mansion houses, collections and our historical places. Our visitors tell us how much they enjoy the peace and tranquillity of our well-kept outdoor spaces, which makes your role vital in making sure our visitors have an amazing experience.

We don’t just need you to manage our beautiful gardens, although this is an important part of the role; we’d like you to help manage the team too. As the Senior Gardener in our team, we’d like you to lead by example, with exceptional gardening skills, but you’ll also understand how to manage the workload for this team, and deliver exceptional training to new staff and volunteers. You’ll also be part of the Duty Management team, helping to deliver great service and engaging with visitors, volunteers and colleagues to support the overall property operation.

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Who we're looking for        
To be successful in this role you should be able to demonstrate the following:

Significant practical experience in horticulture supported by relevant qualifications
Have supervisory experience from a similar role
Excellent knowledge of plants
Competent with the use and maintenance of garden machinery including chainsaws, tractors, hedge trimmers, pedestrian and ride on mowers
Knowledge of relevant health and safety legislation and practice


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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