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National Trust
Castle Drogo, Drewsteignton, Exeter, EX6 6PB
£16,708 per annum
Closing date
23 Jun 2024

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

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Gardener post to cover for maternity leave in the beautiful formal gardens at Castle Drogo. This is a fixed term contract due to end when the previous employee returns from maternity leave. At this point we cannot confirm exactly how long this contract will last, but it is unlikely to be more than 12 months.

Position is part time, currently on an alternating 3 day and 4 day week, we will be open to flexibility on this rota.

As a Gardener for the National Trust, you’ll be a hands-on member of the garden team, involved in every aspect of gardening at Castle Drogo. Responsible for day-to-day maintenance, and the highest standards of horticulture, trained to RHS level 2 or equivalent, with a good level of practical experience. You’ll also play a vital role in improving the experience of visitors to the garden and wider estate. 

You will be asked to work weekends on a rota, this will be approximately 1 in 4 and you may be asked to work the occasional, bank holiday and evening.

Hours: Part time 26.25 per week Monday to Friday with flexibility on how those hours are worked over a two week period. Weekend working on a rota.

Salary: £16,707.60

Contract: fixed term

Interviews: will be held in person at Castle Drogo, proposed interview date is Wednesday 3rd July

If you have any questions about this role please contact

Castle Drogo forms part of the Dartmoor Portfolio – a mix of pay-for-entry properties and Countryside.  Sitting high above the Teign Gorge the castle commands extensive views, where dramatic architecture meets innovative family home. A 20th century property designed by Edwin Lutyens.   

The formal gardens, largely unchanged, showcase Lutyens work. The planting is exuberant, reflecting the historic planting plans of George Dillistone. We develop and enhance the planting, the structure stands strong and crisp. The established garden team have a passion for the place, which can easily be seen in its care.    

You'll be involved with formal and informal hedge cutting. Drogo boasts around 985 meters of formal yew hedging, cutting them requires a good level of fitness and ability to work at height from podium and scaffold access equipment. You will be involved with the care of the lawns, and to keep the 190 meters of herbaceous borders looking their best throughout the season you will help with lifting and dividing, mulching, weeding and staking. You will get involved with planting, pruning and propagation, all of which will help keep the gardenand grounds looking their very best. You will support in daily checks to make sure all areas are safe for people visiting. You may be involved in recycling and managing waste, along with the rest of the garden team. Role reports to Senior Gardener. 

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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