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National Trust
Ickworth, The Rotunda, Bury St Edmunds, IP29 5QE
£23,868 per annum
Closing date
23 Jun 2024

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Contract Type
Full Time
Gardening Jobs
Charity & Voluntary
Specialist / Consultant

Job Details

We're looking for a Gardener to join the team at Ickworth. Using your horticultural skills, you’ll enhance our very diverse gardens, which include a unique Italianate Garden, the Albana Walk and a walled garden which we are gradually restoring. 

Your commitment to high standards will impress our visitors and your enthusiasm to draw on history will ensure that our plans are delivered in the best possible way.

There may be a need for you to work weekends, evenings and public or bank holidays. Your line manager will be able to confirm the frequency required.

Reporting to the Head Gardener, you'll work closely with other Gardeners, Senior Gardener, volunteers and Head Gardener.

You'll join a small team of staff, supported by a large group of volunteers. A strong commitment to teamwork is therefore essential. Ickworth is a stunning location to work in and this is your opportunity to enrich the gardens’ beauty as one of our Gardeners.

As a Gardener, your days will be very varied but will include: planting, tending, mowing, propagating, pruning and so much more.

Your interactions with visitors and volunteers will be extremely important. Our visitors are eager to learn more about the gardens here and so questions and conversations will certainly arise.  

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

  • an enthusiastic horticulturist and hands-on gardener, who’s worked with hard landscaping before 
  • knowledgeable about plants, with a great eye for detail. 
  • experienced with machinery, including tractors, chainsaws, rotary and cylinder mowers, and with some knowledge of maintenance 
  • a driver with a full licence  
  • able to manage a demanding outdoor role  
  • good at talking to, and getting on with, all kinds of people 
  • equally confident working within a team, with volunteers or on your own 
  • able to keep to time, plan and meet deadlines 


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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