Sole / Head Gardener

National Gardens Specialist
Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire
Generous salary and charming cottage (rent free), to reflect experience and suitability.
Closing date
5 Sep 2022

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Horticultural Specialist
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Established North Cotswolds Private Garden.

Private historic house in the heart of the North Cotswolds, with established gardens designed by Jinny Blom.


Approximately five acres of Garden are surrounded by around 40 acres of grazed parkland, woodland and wild meadows.

The gardens contain a wide range of elements including exquisite perennial borders, lawns (naturalised in some areas with bulbs), and a walled kitchen garden containing two glasshouses, numerous raised beds for vegetables, fruit and cut flowers.

The garden and landscape are well established and require expert maintenance to present them to the standard, design and aesthetic required.  The owner is looking for the garden to continue to be presented at its best and and evolve over time to maintain its freshness, including the potential for some smaller projects.  The owner is looking to enjoy and refine their garden rather than seeking fundamental changes.

The Sole / Head Gardener must have suitable experience to support the perennial planting, specialist pruning of shrubs and climbers, and to ensure the succession of produce and cut flowers from the Kitchen Garden.

Applicants must also have previous experience of working in a private garden, in a hands-on role, and be prepared to manage not only the gardens but also the maintenance requirements of the garden and fields including supervising appropriate contractors where necessary. A practical and flexible mindset is expected along with attention to detail and a good sense of working to an agreed aesthetic and colour palette.

The garden includes sizeable working and propagation areas as well as necessary equipment.  Spraying and chainsaw certificates are essential.   

The Sole / Head Gardener must be able to work proactively on their own and is required to live on site. A charming cottage with private garden is provided rent free (Community charge is covered but other bills will be settled by the Head Gardener / occupier).  There is a housekeeper on site and the property is within a beautiful village with shop, local pub, etc.

Normal hours of working and some flexible working will be required to support the essential tasks and communications with the owner including occasional weekend time if necessary.

A generous salary is offered to reflect the Sole / Head Gardeners experience and suitability.



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