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Head Gardener

Shanks House
Circa £35k - £48k reflecting the PGG salary guidelines for Head Gardener
Closing date
1 Mar 2024

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Contract Type
Full Time
Gardening Jobs
Horticultural Specialist


Shanks House, Gillingham, North Dorset.

We are looking for an exceptional, hands-on, Head Gardener to lead our small team of 2 FT gardeners, overseeing a particularly beautiful private garden designed by Tom Stuart-Smith.

The main house is surrounded by formal gardens with parkland. The estate houses a variety of formal gardens including borders and lawns, ornamental beds, vegetable gardens, fruit trees and mature trees throughout.

Applicants will have formal training and hands on experience within a similar historic estate and garden.

Applicants should have excellent plant identification skills, excellent attention to detail, and a methodological approach to their work. Ideally having overseen a garden which has enjoyed a similar level of design input and managed to an equally high horticultural standard.

The role will suit someone with a keen aesthetic eye and a strong work ethic. The estate provides an opportunity to work in almost every aspect of horticulture – keeping the working week, varied and incredibly interesting.

The owners of the estate are passionate about their garden and continue to support the gardens continued improvement.

Applicants must be tidy in their work, presentable, positive in attitude and possess a working understanding of the considerations required of gardeners on private estates.

Whilst accommodation is not available, an attractive package is offered circa £35k - £48k to attract a strong and highly suitable candidate. ( but can be negotiable) 

To apply please send a covering email and C.V. to

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