Maintenance Gardener

Maintenance Gardener required

An excellent opportunity has arisen for a gardener to work for an established company in the Reading area, Berkshire.  The company has been in business for over 26 years and offers a range of services, primarily to domestic clients.

The ideal candidate will hold a good level of gardening experience, have good plant knowledge, experience with a range of grounds maintenance equipment and will be used to working with common garden plants and features.  The role will primarily involve acting as a mobile gardener, working under and alongside the existing small team of likeminded employees.

You must be conscientious, well presented, able to work under your own initiative and have a positive attitude when it comes to working with your colleagues, and of course for the company’s loyal client base.  A good sense of humour is always important.  You must have experience with hedge cutting, lawn maintenance, pruning, planting, bed/border management and be willing to undertake other gardening maintenance tasks as they arise.  A spray certificate (PA1/PA6) is beneficial but not essential.  A full UK driving licence is essential for this role.

The standard working week will consist of 44 hours with any overtime paid at time and a half.  An hourly rate of £10.25 is offered to the successful candidate until successful completion of a three month probation period, after which the rate will increase to £10.60/hr, equating to an annual salary of £24,252.

Thank you for the interest you have shown in this vacancy.  Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications that we receive, it is not possible to respond to every one.  Therefore, unless you hear from us within the next 14 days, your application will have been unsuccessful.

If this Maintenance Gardener vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Mark Read on 01233 732767 or mark.read@horticruitment.com

You will need to be registered with English Country Gardeners to find out where and how your personal data is used whilst using our work finding services please view our privacy policy.

Thank you for the interest you have shown in this Maintenance Gardener vacancy.  Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications that we receive, it is not possible to respond to every one.  Therefore, unless you hear from us within the next 14 days, your application for this Maintenance Gardener vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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Gardener

Fully experienced qualified gardener wanted for a small family Estate near Newbury/Thatcham.

The garden consists of a beautiful kitchen garden – which produces fruit and vegetables throughout the year, a green house, a walled garden with herbaceous borders, an orchard, a lake, and extensive lawns.  Applicants should have extensive knowledge of all aspects of growing from propagation to planting out, pruning and hedge cutting.

A clean drivers licence and a chainsaw licence needed and would be useful to have the pesticide certificates PA6 and PA6a.

The successful applicant should be self motivated and be able to work alone. A full working knowledge of garden machinery is essential. The Estate has a full time game keeper and housekeeping couple.

Working hours are 8 hours per day (seasonal) and a salary of £25,000-£26,000 DOE is offered.

This role is a live out role.

Applicants will only be considered with a full CV and references.

Skilled Gardener

A rare and wonderful opportunity has arisen for a Skilled Gardener to assist with the management of a celebrated seven-acre private garden on the Berkshire Downs, located between Newbury and Wantage in Oxfordshire.  The garden has been recognised by a very significant critic, that it ‘quintessentially exemplifies the qualities and traditions of the English garden.  Very recently, in a competition organised by The English Garden Magazine and the National Garden Scheme for the Nation’s favourite of the 3500 NGS gardens, it was nominated in the final 30.

The devoted owners have been resident at the property for over 50 years, with the lady of the house – herself very well respected in the industry – dedicating her time to the garden on most days, alongside three other part-time gardeners.  The garden is open on a regular basis as part of the NGS, as well as for private tours by appointment.  The owners are now looking for an energetic, physically fit, skilled and enthusiastic gardener to assist with management of the garden on a full-time, permanent and live-in basis.

The seven-acre garden consists of a series of garden rooms that include herbaceous borders, an arboretum, kitchen garden, bog garden, and greenhouses.  The property itself dates from the mid-seventeen hundreds and provides a picture-perfect centre point for the stunning and horticulturally diverse gardens.

Ideal applicants will have comprehensive hands-on experience within a large private garden of a similar nature.  The successful candidate will be willing to work on their own as well as with the owners, and with additional part-time help.  Applicants must therefore possess the ability to work on their own initiative whilst being sensitive to the garden theme and associated preferences of the owners.

Candidates for this position will ideally hold an academic horticultural qualification at RHS Level 3 or equivalent/above, with PA1/PA6 spray certificates being an advantage.  Certification of chainsaw competence is desirable but not essential.  Other duties besides gardening will include general estate DIY tasks and responsibility for the security of the property when the owners are away.  The property is located in a very rural area on the top of the Berkshire Downs; therefore, a car and full driving licence are essential requirements.

This is a wonderful opportunity for a passionate and skilled gardener to play a key role in a traditional, beautiful and horticulturally diverse English country garden that has been painstakingly yet lovingly developed over the past 50 years by the devoted owners.

This position is offered with accommodation by way of a very well presented and recently refurbished two-bedroom cottage with its own garden, located just inside the main gate at the end of a short driveway.  Council tax is covered by the client.  Children and partners are welcome, though dogs must be kept indoors or in kennels when the gardens are open to the public and must be under strict management at all other times.  Working hours are typically 08:00 – 17:00 with the expected seasonal variation where applicable, with 20 days holiday (plus bank holidays).

SALARY: Circa £25,000 depending on experience

LOCATION: West Berkshire Downs

JOB No:  EC21674

If this Skilled Gardener vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Mark Read on 01233 733510 or info@englishcountrygardeners.co.uk.

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Thank you for the interest you have shown in this Skilled Gardener vacancy.  Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications that we receive, it is not possible to respond to every one.  Therefore, unless you hear from us within the next 14 days, your application for this Skilled Gardener vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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Experienced Gardener

Experienced Gardener required

An enthusiastic hands-on gardener is required to join a small team on my client’s beautiful family home in Newbury, West Berkshire.  This rare opportunity will involve assisting with the garden management of a historic property on a full-time permanent basis.  This is an excellent opportunity for an energetic gardener with a desire to work within a close-knit team and for very welcoming owners.  The successful applicant will work with two part-time assistants as well as external contractors where necessary,  alongside/under the direction of an existing Senior Gardener.

The historic property encompasses 23-acres including 3-acres of garden, 4-acres of woodland and 16-acres of paddocks.  The gardens are made up of several rooms containing large herbaceous borders, many varieties of roses (including wall-trained climbing roses), extensive lawns, terraces with container planting, a croquet lawn, ornamental planting, mature trees throughout (cedar, beech, chestnut and impressive lime avenues) and areas of managed woodland.  The less formal areas of the garden, including the hedgerows and woodland, are being developed specifically to encourage wildlife.  Amenities include an En Tout Cas tennis court and a saltwater swimming pool.  The property does not have a kitchen garden and there is no requirement for plant propagation work.  The surrounding paddocks are managed by a local farmer, and the hedges managed by local tree surgeons.

As a member of the team, the successful candidate will also be expected to assist with ad-hoc estate duties such as recycling, stocking the house with logs for the fire, basic swimming pool maintenance/monitoring when in use, feeding the hens and other similar tasks as and when they arise.  This is a family home with a friendly team of staff so applicants must possess a positive can-do attitude and the desire to settle into a genuinely enjoyable role on a long-term basis.  A desire to learn and to exchange knowledge is important, as is a natural desire to work hard and well within a team.

Suitable applicants will need to have a good grounding in horticulture with experience in the operation of a full range of garden machinery.  A good level of physical fitness is essential for this role.  Academic horticultural qualifications would be beneficial but not essential if relevant experience can be demonstrated.  Spraying certificates (PA1/PA6) and a certificate of chainsaw competence are desired, as is experience in a similar role within a private home/estate. A full driving licence and your own transport are required due to the rural location of the property.

SALARY:£26,000 – £28,000 DOE

LOCATION:Newbury, Berkshire

JOB No:EC19759

If this Experienced Gardener vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Mark Read on 01233 733510 or info@englishcountrygardeners.co.uk.

You will need to be registered with English Country Gardeners to find out where and how your personal data is used whilst using our work finding services please view our privacy policy.

Thank you for the interest you have shown in this Experienced Gardener vacancy.  Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications that we receive, it is not possible to respond to every one.  Therefore, unless you hear from us within the next 14 days, your application for this Experienced Gardener vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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Experienced Gardener

A new opportunity has arisen for an experienced gardener to join a developing private estate near Hungerford, West Berkshire.  This role will suit a skilled and academically qualified gardener with a desire to be part of an exciting project alongside a leading garden design team.

The estate covers approximately 50-acres in total, with 25-acres being dedicated to the garden to varying degrees of formality.  The highly maintained gardens comprise wide herbaceous and grass borders, herb gardens, a large kitchen garden and walled gardens, wider shrub and woodland planting around a lake, with extensive natural woodlands, natural swimming ponds and water meadows.  The new garden areas are expected to be completed by the end of next year.

Working under the direction of the Head Gardener, the successful candidate will work alongside the garden design team and landscape contractors to help implement the new aspects of the gardens as well as ensure the maintenance of established areas.  The role will also involve general garden maintenance such as mowing, hedge cutting, strimming, pruning etc. in addition to the maintenance of all plantings, weed control, staking/wire supports, assistance within the woodland areas, maintenance of all lawn areas, wildflower areas and water meadows, seasonal bulb and pot planting, seed collection and propagation, maintenance of all drives, paths, terrace and tracks, maintaining the irrigation system, mulching, maintenance of garden features e.g. water features, sculptures, seating, checking drains, the maintenance of equipment, composting of waste on site, assisting with  vegetable, fruit, nut and cut flower production in the kitchen garden, maintenance of a natural swimming pond as well as general estate maintenance where necessary.

Suitable candidates will ideally hold academic horticultural qualifications at RHS Level 2 or above/equivalent as well as experience as a Skilled Gardener on private estates.  Applicants should have good horticultural knowledge as well as some experience in plant propagation and kitchen gardening.  Physical fitness is essential as is an ability to safely operate garden machinery.  Chainsaw and chemical spray certificates would be beneficial.

This is an excellent opportunity to join an impressive private estate at an exciting stage of a new project, and to work alongside a leading team of garden designers.  The role does not come with accommodation so applicants will ideally live within a reasonable commute of Inkpen, Hungerford.

SALARY:£27,000-£28,000

LOCATION:Hungerford, West Berkshire

JOB No:EC17925

If this Experienced Gardener vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Mark Read on 01233 733510 or info@englishcountrygardeners.co.uk.

You will need to be registered with English Country Gardeners to find out where and how your personal data is used whilst using our work finding services please view our privacy policy.

Thank you for the interest you have shown in this Experienced Gardener vacancy.  Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications that we receive, it is not possible to respond to every one.  Therefore, unless you hear from us within the next 14 days, your application for this Experienced Gardener vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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Skilled Gardener

An opportunity has arisen for a Skilled Gardener to play a key role in the ongoing development and maintenance of a private estate near Stoke Poges, on an initial basis of approximately 2-days per week.  This opportunity is open to self-employed gardeners who can demonstrate a thorough understanding of horticulture with excellent plant identification and ornamental plant management skills.

The stunning Georgian property encompasses 19-acres overall and includes a formal garden of approximately 4-acres.  The main house and garden are currently undergoing renovation and redevelopment respectively, with garden designer Justin Spink managing the latter.  In its present form, the impressive and diverse garden is being managed by a local contracting company insofar as general maintenance.  There is a need for additional input, primarily within the walled garden from a finer horticultural perspective in order to ensure existing plantings and those to be implemented in the near future are managed to correct horticultural standards.

The wider property includes (and will include in the near future) a wild flower meadow, a lake and wetland area, specimen trees, terraces and walkways, a large swimming pool, tennis court, expansive areas of formal and informal lawn as well as ornamental planting throughout.  As the main focus of the role at this phase of the design implementation, the existing walled garden comprises climbers such as roses and clematis (with additional planting and training to be carried out), several mixed deep borders with herbaceous and perennial planting (including giant perennial species), specimen trees, fine mown paths, ornamental grasses, with a swimming pool, raised terrace and pagoda to be added as part of the new design.  Management and development of the walled garden area will be the primary role of the successful candidate though their experience and knowledge will be utilised in the surrounding garden areas where possible and required.

Suitable candidates for this position are likely to currently be self-employed horticulturists with an academic horticultural qualification and/or extensive gardening experience.  Applicants must possess practical knowledge of a wide range of plants, good physical fitness, an ability to safely operate general garden machinery and must have a thorough understanding of seasonal garden management.  Spray certificates (PA1/PA6) would be beneficial and a driving licence essential due to the rural location of the property.

This is an excellent opportunity for a local freelance gardener to become involved with a garden at an early stage of redevelopment.  A generous hourly rate is offered in line with experience, with the number of days per week and working hours to be agreed following discussion on site.  This is expected to initially comprise two-days per week on an 8hr per day basis.

SALARY:  Circa £25/hr DOE

LOCATION:  Stoke Poges, Berkshire

JOB No:  EC13957

If this Skilled Gardener vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Mark Read on 01233 733510 or info@englishcountrygardeners.co.uk.

You will need to be registered with English Country Gardeners to find out where and how your personal data is used whilst using our work finding services please view our privacy policy.

Thank you for the interest you have shown in this Skilled Gardener vacancy.  Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications that we receive, it is not possible to respond to every one.  Therefore, unless you hear from us within the next 14 days, your application for this Skilled Gardener vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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Sole Gardener

Sole Gardener required

A genuine lifestyle job opportunity has arisen on a stunning 70-acre estate near Newbury in Berkshire.  This position will suit an academically qualified and experienced horticulturist with proven hands-on garden management experience and a desire to join a new garden at an exciting phase of development.  This Sole Gardener role is offered with a two-bedroom cottage on site with its own garden, in addition to a generous salary.

The formal one-acre garden is in the process of being designed by a renowned garden designer and is due for the first phase of implementation in spring/summer 2020.

In a formal to natural contrast, the new design will encompass the immediate area around the main house and will graduate outwards towards 70-acres of farmland via garden rooms containing new and existing trees, lawns/grassland, streams and a one-acre lake.  The diversity of planting and complexity of garden management will therefore be greatest in the area surrounding the house, with the further reaching areas requiring little more than maintenance and monitoring.  Upon completion, the garden will comprise a greenhouse and kitchen garden, and orchard, swimming pool, terraces, with wildflower two-acres of meadows and lakeside planting.   Additional aspects will include cloud Buxus, pleached trees, yew hedges, fruit trees, hedges of English lavender, sculpture(s), climbing roses, a croquet lawn and wildlife pond.

The ideal candidate will be a positive, knowledgeable and helpful person with a thorough grasp of horticulture and good physical fitness.  The property owner is actively looking to create a happy environment for all which will provide reward and a sense of belonging for all involved with the estate.  Applicants should hold academic horticultural qualifications and/or extensive experience on private estate from a garden management perspective.  Knowledge and experience in each of the above garden areas is required, as is an ability to monitor and maintain other areas of the estate, i.e. the lake and boundaries.  A flexible and friendly gardener is sought, as there may be a requirement to undertake rare ‘emergency’ school runs, i.e. once every 8-weeks, as well as basic pool maintenance etc.

There is a focus on ecologically sensitive garden management/development and a general interest in nature on the property.  Suitable candidates will therefore have a genuine interest in this area and be willing to pass on their knowledge where the opportunity arises.

This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced and enthusiastic gardener to join a welcoming private estate on a full-time live-in basis, and to be involved in the implementation of the stunning new design from the beginning.  The position is offered exclusively as a live-in, as the client would like the successful applicant to be able to keep an eye on the property in their absence.  The two-bedroom property comes with Council tax and rent paid by the employer, with utility bills remaining the responsibility of the occupant.  A full driving licence, criminal background check and references will be asked of each applicant.

SALARY:        £25,000 – £30,000 DOE (Live in)

LOCATION:  Newbury, Berkshire

JOB No:          EC10782

If this Sole Gardener vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Mark Read on 01233 733510 or info@englishcountrygardeners.co.uk.

You will need to be registered with English Country Gardeners to find out where and how your personal data is used whilst using our work finding services please view our privacy policy.

Thank you for the interest you have shown in this Sole Gardener vacancy.  Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications that we receive, it is not possible to respond to every one.  Therefore, unless you hear from us within the next 14 days, your application for this Sole Gardener vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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Gardener

An excellent opportunity has arisen for a gardener to work for an established company in the Reading area, Berkshire.  The company is in its 26th year of business and offers a range of services, primarily to domestic clients.

The ideal candidate will hold a good level of gardening experience, have good plant knowledge, experience with a range of grounds maintenance equipment and will be used to working with common garden plants and features.  The role will primarily involve acting as a mobile gardener, working under and alongside the existing small team of likeminded employees.  A full UK driving licence is essential.

You must be conscientious, well presented, able to work under your own initiative and have a positive attitude when it comes to working with your colleagues, and of course for the company’s loyal client base.  A good sense of humour is always important.

You must have experience with hedge cutting, lawn maintenance, pruning, planting, bed/border maintenance, and be willing to undertake other gardening maintenance tasks as they arise.  A spray certificate (PA1/PA6) is beneficial but not essential.

The standard working week will consist of 44 hours with any overtime paid at time and a half.  An hourly rate of £10/hr is offered (circa £22,880/annum) which will rise to £10.80/hr (circa £24,700/annum) after successful completion of a three month probationary period, equating to an approximate annual salary as stated above (dependent on experience), with overtime to be added to this.

SALARY:  Circa £24,700

LOCATION:  Reading, Berkshire

JOB No:  EC7277

If this gardener vacancy is of interest please apply or contact Mark Read on 01233 733510 or mark.read@englishcountrygardeners.co.uk.

You will need to be registered with English Country Gardeners to find out where and how your personal data is used whilst using our work finding services please view our privacy policy.

Thank you for the interest you have shown in this gardener vacancy.  Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications that we receive, it is not possible to respond to every one.  Therefore, unless you hear from us within the next 14 days, your application will have been for this gardener vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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