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Senior Gardener

National Trust
Cheshire Countryside, Nether Alderley, Macclesfield, SK10 4UB
£21,466 per annum
Closing date
16 Jun 2024

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Part Time
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Are you an experienced gardener, now ready to discover a new garden and take on a new challenge? This might be just the role for you. If you’re a dedicated and enthusiastic horticulturist, who's keen to make a difference, then we can offer you invaluable experience and development within two of the National Trust’s much loved historic gardens: Hare Hill and Little Moreton Hall

Hours: 30 hours per week 

Salary: £26832 FTE

Contract: Fixed until 15-07-2026

Interviews: 21st June

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Hare Hill Estate is a 19th century estate, with a tranquil woodland garden, surrounded by parkland, and a delightful walled garden at its heart. The team of three have a diverse range of challenges within the role. This is an opportunity to gain experience in many aspects of working for the Trust.

Little Moreton Hall is the iconic Tudor Hall, the garden and surrounding landscape sets the scene for the main building. Between both gardens are features from the early modern period through to the 21st century.

You’ll be happy working outside in all weathers. And you’ll understand why people love coming to this garden so much, and why your role is vital in making sure that they have their best possible day.  An important part of your role will be supervising the day-to-day management of the garden, to keep it and the plant collection in tiptop condition. But another crucial element will be motivating the team.

As Senior Gardener, we’d like you to lead by example, lead from the front.  You’ll demonstrate exceptional gardening skills, which others can follow and learn from. You’ll understand how to help the team manage their daily workload, and you’ll give inspiring and practical training to new staff and volunteers. You’ll build positive working relationships across the entire site. And you will delight in talking to people visiting the garden, telling them its story and answering their questions.

We’d love to hear from you, if you’re:

  • someone who combines practical experience in horticulture with appropriate qualifications
  • used to supervising others in a similar role 
  • highly knowledgeable about plants
  • confident in using and maintaining garden machinery, including chainsaws, tractors, hedge-trimmers and mowers (both walking and ride-on)
  • aware of relevant health and safety legislation and practices


There's no other organisation like the National Trust. No other organisation that brings such an amazing variety of places and spaces to life.

We are a charity founded in 1895 by Octavia Hill, Sir Robert Hunter and Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley, three people who saw the importance of our nation’s heritage and open spaces, and wanted to protect them for everyone to enjoy. More than a century after we were founded, our values are still at the heart of everything we do. And we do a lot more than you might think. 

We welcome some 22.5 million visitors, from all ages and backgrounds, every year. We care for historic houses, gardens, mills, forests, castles, miles of coastline, islands, holiday cottages, pubs and inns, whole villages and even a goldmine. We also run a huge retail chain, a multi-million pound food and beverage business and much, much more. And we do all of this so that everyone can enjoy and make the most of the green spaces and beautiful places that England, Wales and Northern Ireland has to offer. 

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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