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Senior Gardener

National Trust
Mottisfont Abbey, Mottisfont, Nr Romsey, SO51 0LP
£27,000 per annum
Closing date
14 Jul 2024

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Full Time
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We’ve got an exciting opportunity for a Senior Gardener to join our team. 

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 one of the National Trust’s most visited historic gardens. 

Interviews: 23 July 2024

Please contact or 01794 340757 if you'd like to know more about this role. Candidates are also welcome to arrange a visit to the property to see the gardens and grounds, normal opening hours are between 10am and 5pm. 

This idyllic riverside garden is loved for its ancient trees, crystal clear chalk streams, rolling lawns and a world renown rose garden. We host two Plant Heritage National Plant Collections, of Rosa (pre-1900 'old fashioned' shrub roses), and Platanus (Plane trees). Welcoming over 360,000 visitors per year ,we’re a busy property with plenty of opportunities to engage, enthuse and inspire people about horticulture. 

Reporting to our Head Gardener you’ll be part of a small but dedicated team of 8 gardeners. You’ll line manage up to three gardeners, help to recruit and support our 60 garden volunteers, and supervise the day to day work of your team. 

We’re open to the public 7 days per week, 363 days of the year, so weekend working will be required on a rota basis (currently one in 7 to 8 weekends). Together with 9 other senior staff, you’ll also take on duty manager responsibilities on a rota basis.

Working with your team, your main focus will be the wider garden and grounds, this means you’ll be required to work outdoors in all weather conditions. 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, keeping our lawns, beds and borders, hedges, pathways and streams maintained to a high standard and ensuring our trees well cared for. You’ll help make sure our machinery is well maintained and that we’re compliant against health and safety legislation and best practice standards. 

As Senior Gardener, we’d like you to lead by example. 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’ll talk 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 legislation, compliance and best practice standards 
  • good IT skills with the ability to use standard office software, whilst also willing to learn to use our plant database and volunteer management systems  


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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