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Gardens and Grounds Manager

John Lewis Partnership
Stockbridge - Leckford Estate
£40,000 - £42,000
Closing date
17 Dec 2023

Job Details

Our Purpose

Working in Partnership for a happier world – our shared Purpose that guides us in everything we do and inspires 3 important principles; happier people, happier business, happier world. The John Lewis Partnership is a truly unique business, one that seeks to make a positive difference to the lives of everyone. 

At a glance

The budgeted salary range for this role is set at £40,000 - £42,000

Contract - Permanent 

The role is located on the Leckford Estate, the Waitrose & Partners Farm, in the Test Valley, Hampshire. 


About the role

As the Gardens & Grounds Manager you will be responsible for approx 120 acres of grounds and all the Leckford Estate amenity tree stock. There are many key features: Arboretum, Kitchen Garden, Glass houses and the world-famous Longstock Park Water Garden.

Some of your key responsibilities include:

  • Adherence to all legal requirements and Partnership governance (environment, health & safety).  Early adoption of emerging new requirements

  • Formulation and onward management of the Leckford Amenity tree stock policies, procedures and activity.  Ensuring legal and environmental compliance.

  • Lead and manage the Water Garden Visit business, developing the offer & ensuring  delivery of maximum income streams, whilst creating a positive customer experience.

  • Ensure Horticultural standards are at the agreed level.

  • Support Partnership & Estate events throughout the year. 

  • Respond to severe weather events, managing a safe and effective response to situations as they arise, ensuring the continued critical operation of Estate departments.


Essential skills you will need

  • Minimum Level 4 Amenity Horticultural qualification

  • Full driving licence including trailer towing entitlement 

  • Basic Tree inspection Certificate

  • Extensive experience managing a significant garden, open to the public.

  • Contractor Management

  • Arboricultural Management 

  • Experience leading a team

  • Excellent Plant Knowledge


Benefits of the Partnership and the role 

  • You will enjoy 25% discount at John Lewis and 20% in Waitrose 

  • The Partnership has a competitive pension scheme where your contributions will be matched by the Partnership (up to 8% of pay)

  • Excellent work life balance, including focus on well being and flexible working and our marketing leading equal parenthood leave Policy


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