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Experienced Gardener

Rowan Landscapes
London (Greater)
£27,000 - £30,000
Closing date
30 Jun 2024

Job Details

Rowan Landscapes

"We are a small independent family run business and pride ourselves on the quality of our work"

Formal horticulture qualification at least to RHS Level 2 or equivalent

Senior Gardener required with a minimum of three years' horticultural experience to join our friendly team based in South London

Please only apply if based in the UK and meet this minimum above, You will not be considered otherwise alongside reference checks.

Rowan Landscapes


A rare opportunity at Rowan Landscapes – a family-run company which services schools, offices and residential gardens – has emerged.

We are seeking a gardener with a minimum of three years' horticultural experience to join our friendly team based in South London, primarily in Southwark and Lambeth.

What will you be doing?

A mix of maintenance, soft landscaping and planting projects for various primary school sites and a high-end residential garden. 

Initially, you'll work in pairs for the first couple of months to ease into the role. Subsequently, there is an opportunity to work independently and manage your own time. 

Why should you work for us?

You will join a small and friendly team where you can make a real impact and gain diverse experience to nurture your career.

We are a family-run business with a strong track record for transforming indoor and outdoor spaces. We’ve got three British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) awards to prove it! 

Who are we looking for? 

Alongside the right to live and work in the UK, successful candidates should have the following:

  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience working in a similar position
  • Full clean UK driving licence
  • A good knowledge of plants, pruning, lawn care, pest and disease identification
  • Soft landscaping experience
  • Formal horticulture qualification at least to RHS Level 2 or equivalent
  • Honest, hardworking and trustworthy individual
  • Soft landscaping experience
  • Formal horticulture qualification at least to RHS Level 2 or equivalent
  • Friendly and polite with good client skills
  • Fluent in English - Good work ethic – reliable, punctual, hardworking and able to work in all types of weather
  • Physically fit with excellent teamwork abilities
  • Ability to write weekly timesheets detailing the work carried out


  • Van driving experience (Ford transit or similar)

Application Process 
To apply please click on the "Apply now" button which will require your full name, CV and a complete covering letter which will go to the hiring team.

Please only apply if you match the criteria above and based in the UK.



About Us

Rowan Landscapes specialises in soft landscaping and high-quality garden maintenance. We value and care for the people that work for us. We are looking for a skilled gardener with experience to join us.

A competitive salary is available for the right candidate depending on experience and qualifications. You must have good attention to detail, be able to work efficiently to a high standard and independently without any supervision and be able to fill in weekly timesheets detailing the work
carried out. The right candidate must have a clean UK driving license and van driving experience is desirable.

Horticulture Q&A with Rowan Landscapes

Gardener Required (Live role on Hort Week Jobs as of 01/02/2024)

The editorial team working in conjunction with Horticulture alongside Jay Green in the commercial team caught up with this client that are in the midst of hiring for one lucky Gardener to come on board and build their experience from the ground up.

Q) Tell us a bit about Rowan Landscapes and the work it does

Rowan Landscapes is an independent business that specialises in providing high quality gardening services to schools, offices, businesses and residential clients all over London. It has been established for over 20 years, since 2003. It is a member of BALI (the British Association of Landscape Industries) and is listed as an accredited contractor. Furthermore, it has won 3 x BALI awards to date.

Q) What’s the culture like at Rowan Landscapes? Do you socialise together out of work? 

It is a small family owned business where trust, hard work, loyalty and professionalism are rewarded. There is no socialising outside of work as a general rule.

Q) What’s the progression like for the role of Gardener

No formal progression until the business grows, but very good working conditions and plenty of scope for independent working/freedom to manage each working day.

Q) Will there be opportunities for further training for the candidate selected?

Could be - in the past there have been forest school training and chainsaw training for established staff.

Q) The Gardener hired will have the opportunity to work on some wonderfully landscaped big gardens. Are these private ones? Have you got an example of one or two that they’ll be working on?

The majority of work is within primary schools in London, but 1 or 2 days a week a whole day is spent working on a high-end residential garden.

Will the gardener be working alone or in a pair etc?

A combination of both - for the first few months working in a pair but once familiar with all the schools and other sites there will be a substantial part of the week working alone. Generally 2 or 3 days alone and 2 days working with another gardener but it depends on the time of year/season.

Q) Rowan Landscapes is based near London Zoo and Regent’s Park. But whereabouts are the gardens that the gardener will be working on? All over London or in a specific area?

The majority of work is in and around South London, particularly around Lambeth and Southwark. All the school work is all based on site, so the gardener will be working from a different site each day. Each site is set up with tools and machinery.

Q) Are there any other benefits apart from salary that candidates can expect?

20 days holiday plus 8 x bank holidays and full time 40 hours per week permanent work through out the year.

Q) What are the top three traits you’re looking for? E.g. hard-working, team player

Honest Hard-working and Trustworthy

Q) Can the candidate expect regular hours?

This is a full time 40 hours per week permanent position

Q) Who would be your ideal candidate?

We are looking for a full Time experienced gardener with a driving license. It would be desirable but not mandatory for them to have driven a van similar to a ford transit for the day to day that we do here.

Interested in joining us? Apply here and click "Apply Now" and include your full name, CV, and covering letter to go to our hiring team for consideration

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