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Senior Gardener

National Trust
Bateman's, Burwash, Etchingham, TN19 7DS
£30,000 per annum
Closing date
21 Jul 2024

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Are you an experienced gardener, now ready to discover a new garden and take on a new challenge? We’ve got an exciting opportunity for a Senior Gardener to join our team. 

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 much loved historic gardens, at Bateman’s. 

The Bateman’s and Bodiam Castle portfolio consists of two very different properties run by one passionate team. Reporting to the Garden & Outdoors Manager, you’ll line manage 2 Gardeners.

Bodiam Castle is an impressive 14th century moated castle and one of the most famous castles in Britain. Set within 27 hectares of parkland, the outdoors spaces are managed to balance the significance of the historic landscape and nature conservation while providing memorable experiences for our visitors.

Ten miles away in Burwash nestles Bateman’s, the former home of Rudyard Kipling. This 17th century house remains much the same as the world-famous writer left it. Bateman's has a real family feel, with a team who will give you a warm welcome. The garden and landscape at Bateman's provided the inspiration for Rudyard's mythical tales in Puck of Pook's Hill and Rewards and Fairies. The garden blends formal design with relaxed planting inspired by the romantic and naturalistic Arts & Crafts movement. The Bateman’s Garden ethos is to work with nature to enhance biodiversity both in the garden and on the estate. Nestled in a peaceful corner of East Sussex with beautiful surrounding, this is a great place to live and work.

You’ll love working outdoors and understand that our gardens and grounds are as significant as our mansion houses, collections and our historical places. Our visitors tell us how much they enjoy the peace and tranquillity of our well-kept outdoor spaces, which makes your role vital in making sure our visitors have an outstanding experience.

We don’t just need you to manage our beautiful gardens, although this is an important part of the role; we’d like you to help manage the team too. As the Senior Gardener in our team, we’d like you to lead by example, with exceptional gardening skills, but you’ll also understand how to manage the workload for this team and deliver exceptional training to new staff and volunteers.   

You’ll be working 5 days per week, and you’ll also occasionally work at weekends, on busy days and  some bank holidays. You’ll also share Duty Officer responsibilities for opening property areas, as part of a weekly rota.

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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