Gardener

Employer
National Trust
Location
Torpoint, Cornwall, PL11 2QA
Salary
£21684
Closing date
14 Aug 2022
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Summary            

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.

What it's like to work here            

Antony House is the name of an early 18th-century house, which today is in the ownership of the National Trust. It is located between the town of Torpoint and the village of Antony in the county of Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. It is a Grade I listed building. Centuries-old portraits preside over glimpses of present-day life in this house full of personal treasures, which is still lived in today by the Carew Pole family. 

Playful topiary, a cone-shaped fountain and intriguing sculptures accompany sweeping views in the garden. This wonderful garden not only offers a wide horticultural experience for the visitors, but it's a great opportunity to garden here. Be it the magnificant Black Walnut or Cork oak through to the wildflower areas and summer garden. Antony is a great place to lose track of time. The family atmosphere amongst the team makes Antony a very special place to work.

For more information about our property please visit https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/antony

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.

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.
  • 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.

Company

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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