Assistant Gardener

Assistant Gardener required

An opportunity has arisen for an individual to marry gardening skills with conservation disciplines within a beautiful private estate in the Thames Valley near Marlow.

The garden is set in 5 acres, with traditional formal areas, New European style perennial borders, informal wildflower meadows, a kitchen garden and glass houses.

This is a chance for someone wishing to gain hands on experience as part of a small team, working under the guidance of the Head Gardener.

This role will suit a recent graduate (or an individual currently studying) who is enthusiastic, hardworking and looking to develop their horticultural skills.

In addition, the role would encompass involvement in the running and development of a 400 acre farm, comprising existing water meadows, native woodlands and chalk wildflower meadows which are closely managed for habitat conservation. The estate benefits from the services of various Specialist Conservation Bodies to ensure that habitat improvement continues at optimum level.

QUALIFICATION & SKILL SET REQUIREMENTS 

Essential 

  • Enthusiasm and a desire to develop horticultural knowledge and skills
  • A genuine interest in Wildlife and Countryside Conservation
  • A physically fit person essential, to carry out full gardening jobs.
  • A respect and sensitivity to the welfare needs of animals – dogs, sheep, chickens and wild birds
  • This is a broad-spectrum position demanding work in all weathers; a liking for the outdoor life is therefore essential.  ​

Beneficial 

  • A knowledge of plant identification, plant husbandry and all-round gardening skills to RHS Level 2 Standard plus.
  • Driving licence would be helpful

Valid spraying certificate and chainsaw licence would also be advantageous.

BENEFITS PACKAGE

The position comes with a good salary reflective of candidate’s abilities and experience level.

Free accommodation of a small self-contained flat on the farm provided.

28 days paid annual holiday entitlement and statutory sick pay benefits apply.

CV’s are welcomed from interested parties. Please email your application to phillipsmill@hotmail.co.uk

Part time Gardener

An opportunity has arisen in a private garden located near Amersham for a part time (25 hours per week) permanent gardener.

The 4-acre formal gardens slope down towards a pond and consist of lawns, mixed borders and beds, wisteria and rose pergola, veg plot, hedges and mature trees. The garden is part of a wider grounds including 6 acres of paddock.

The successful candidate will take responsibility for the general maintenance of the garden i.e. mowing, strimming, leaf blowing, hedge cutting, pest control, weeding as well as horticultural practices such as planting and some garden developments.  He / She will work to a high standard and should be self-motivated, and able to organise and carry out work unsupervised as this is a sole position.

Applicants should have a demonstrable background in horticulture. He/ She will possess excellent practical skills and a good level of competency in the operation and basic maintenance of garden machinery.  Academic horticultural qualifications would be an advantage.

This position would suit a self-motivated, committed and creative gardener looking for a long-term project to develop and maintain the garden to a high standard. Prepared to work outside in all weathers and a clean driving licence is essential.

Sole Gardener

A rare and exciting opportunity has arisen for a top-level Sole Gardener near High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.  This new role will suit an academically qualified and talented horticulturist with demonstrable garden management experience on large and diverse private estates.  The position is offered with a generous salary and a large three-bedroom property located within the wider estate with extensive views and its own garden.

The stunning 4-acre formal gardens are set within 70-acres of meadows, woodland and farmland.  Designed by Jinny Blom approximately ten years ago, the gardens exemplify the English Country Garden style and sensitively compliment the manor house and surrounding views.  The garden is divided into ‘rooms’ with each area significantly different to the next; a large Ha-ha overlooking a beautiful valley, a yew topiary garden that evokes images of Alice in Wonderland, and a large rose garden framed by a backdrop of mature native woodland.  The gardens have been managed by a local contractor in terms of general maintenance, but it is now time to hand over to a dedicated and knowledgeable full-time permanent gardener to realise the full potential of this spectacular property.

The gardens of the primary manor house as well as the gardener’s house will require ongoing management and further development where necessary.  A new wing to the manor house has been added, with an additional garden area that is to be managed and improved to maturity.  The main gardens include an expansive rose garden including climbing roses on walled garden areas, a topiary garden, wild flower areas, an orchard, woodland and paths, a glasshouse and polytunnel, cutting flower garden, mixed beds/borders, terraces, and expansive fine laws throughout.

Due to the expansive rose and topiary areas, the garden requires dedication and excellent attention to detail as well as a strong work ethic.  Assistance may be offered by way of specialist contractors where necessary, i.e. during peak growing season.  Applicants for this role must be physically fit, hands-on and talented horticulturists with a very well-rounded knowledge of garden management.  Good ornamental plant knowledge is essential, as is an ability to carry out species specific pruning (particularly of roses), soil treatment/management, pest and disease control and the safe operation and basic maintenance of a full range of garden machinery.  An academic horticultural qualification at RHS level 3 or equivalent/above is desired, as is the ability to operate a chainsaw safely, though the latter will not discount otherwise suitable applicants.  Experience in kitchen gardening and plant propagation/glasshouse work is required alongside a demonstrable ability to carry out efficient seasonal garden management and planning.  Due to the rural location of the property, a full driving licence is required of all applicants.

The welcoming property owner has a genuine love of the garden and so will not be entirely distant but involved and engaged on a level considerate of the successful candidate’s extensive experience.  As areas of the gardens require further work, the Sole Gardener will work through the options and opportunities with the owner and manage the implementation of the agreed designs/initiatives from a hands-on perspective.

This is a fantastic opportunity for a skilled, qualified and experienced horticulturist to take ownership of a truly stunning garden on a long-term basis.  Applications are sought from experienced Sole/Senior and Head Gardeners in search of genuine reward for their talent and a garden in which to achieve their full potential.

SALARY:       Circa £35,000 – £45,000 DOE

LOCATION:  High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

JOB No:          EC17124

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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Experienced Gardener

Experienced Gardener Sought For Two days a Week (possibly three in summer) in Buckinghamshire

A family in Amersham are looking for an experienced, talented, gardener to work with a respected garden designer to further develop 2 acres of beautiful formal and informal farmhouse gardens. There is an existing contract in place with a garden maintenance company who are responsible for mowing and hedge cutting (along with maintaining the boundary and mowing of a seven acre orchard), but the clients are seeking a passionate plants person to look after the beds and topiary, along with the rose garden and kitchen garden. The individual must have horticultural experience, and a keen eye for detail, along with a flexible, proactive approach and ability to work well in conjunction with others.

The garden includes a kitchen garden, glasshouse and rose garden, and daily duties will involve all aspects of horticulture and garden management, i.e. : planting, pruning, feeding, weeding and watering, dead heading, training, staking, applying pesticides, producing and harvesting crops/plants/cut flowers for use in the main house along with any tasks required basic plant healthcare, plant propagation/glasshouse work and a small amount of kitchen gardening.

Applicants must be experienced and well-rounded gardeners, with wide horticultural knowledge. Pet friendly is important as there are animals around. Candidates will ideally hold an academic horticultural qualification at Level 2 or above, though demonstrable and relevant experience will also be taken into account.  A strong knowledge of species-specific pruning and training, plant identification and seasonal garden management is required, as are solid references, and good communication skills.

Immediate start

Estate Worker

An excellent opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and physically fit Estate Worker to contribute to the smooth running of a stunning private property near High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.  This new full-time permanent role will suit well-rounded and practically minded person with an ability to turn their hand to a multitude of estate maintenance/DIY tasks.

The stunning 4-acre formal gardens are set within 70-acres of meadows, woodland and farmland.  Designed by Jinny Blom approximately ten years ago, the gardens exemplify the English Country Garden style and sensitively compliment the manor house, associated buildings and surrounding views.  The garden is divided into ‘rooms’ with each area significantly different to the next; a large Ha-ha overlooking a beautiful valley, a yew topiary garden that evokes images of Alice in Wonderland and a large rose garden framed by a backdrop of mature native woodland.  A new Sole Gardener has recently joined the estate and will benefit from the successful Estate Worker applicant providing additional help in terms of basic garden maintenance as well as that of the wider estate.

The role will involve all aspects of estate maintenance including the provision of assistance to the gardener; hedge cutting, mowing and garden maintenance.  Non-horticultural duties will include jet-washing, sweeping, repairing and maintaining elements of the estate infrastructure; fences, gates, replacing washers on taps, clearing guttering from ladders, window cleaning, leaf-blowing, occasional cleaning up after the resident small Dachshund, raking gravel paths/driveways, salting walk/driveways in winter and any other duties as they arise.

The ideal applicant may be in the early stages of their career, i.e. fresh out of college or perhaps from a farming background.  Physical fitness and a willingness to work in adverse weather conditions is essential of all applicants as the role will involve outdoor duties for the majority of the time.  Candidates with a basic understanding and experience in garden maintenance are encouraged to apply, however the focus of the role is estate DIY and general upkeep, so applicants must have demonstrable experience of working on private estates, farms, or similar sites where grounds/estate maintenance played a primary focus of the position.  The successful candidate must have a strong work ethic, a personable and trustworthy character, and must possess an ability to solve problems and apply practical and pragmatic solutions where necessary.  A full driving licence is required of all applicants.

SALARY:       £18,000 – £24,000 DOE

LOCATION:  High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

JOB No:          EC15538

If this Estate Worker 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 Estate Worker 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 Estate Worker vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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Sole Gardener

A rare and exciting opportunity has arisen for a top-level Sole Gardener near High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.  This new role will suit an academically qualified and talented horticulturist with demonstrable garden management experience on large and diverse private estates.  The position is offered with a generous salary and a large three-bedroom property located within the wider estate with extensive views and its own garden.

The stunning 4-acre formal gardens are set within 70-acres of meadows, woodland and farmland.  Designed by Jinny Blom approximately ten years ago, the gardens exemplify the English Country Garden style and sensitively compliment the manor house and surrounding views.  The garden is divided into ‘rooms’ with each area significantly different to the next; a large Ha-ha overlooking a beautiful valley, a yew topiary garden that evokes images of Alice in Wonderland, and a large rose garden framed by a backdrop of mature native woodland.  The gardens have been managed by a local contractor in terms of general maintenance, but it is now time to hand over to a dedicated and knowledgeable full-time permanent gardener to realise the full potential of this spectacular property.

The gardens of the primary manor house as well as the gardener’s house will require ongoing management and further development where necessary.  A new wing to the manor house has been added, with an additional garden area that is to be managed and improved to maturity.  The main gardens include an expansive rose garden including climbing roses on walled garden areas, a topiary garden, wild flower areas, an orchard, woodland and paths, a glasshouse and polytunnel, cutting flower garden, mixed beds/borders, terraces, and expansive fine laws throughout.

Due to the expansive rose and topiary areas, the garden requires dedication and excellent attention to detail as well as a strong work ethic.  Assistance may be offered by way of specialist contractors where necessary, i.e. during peak growing season.  Applicants for this role must be physically fit, hands-on and talented horticulturists with a very well-rounded knowledge of garden management.  Good ornamental plant knowledge is essential, as is an ability to carry out species specific pruning (particularly of roses), soil treatment/management, pest and disease control and the safe operation and basic maintenance of a full range of garden machinery.  An academic horticultural qualification at RHS level 3 or equivalent/above is desired, as is the ability to operate a chainsaw safely, though the latter will not discount otherwise suitable applicants.  Experience in kitchen gardening and plant propagation/glasshouse work is required alongside a demonstrable ability to carry out efficient seasonal garden management and planning.  Due to the rural location of the property, a full driving licence is required of all applicants.

The welcoming property owner has a genuine love of the garden and so will not be entirely distant but involved and engaged on a level considerate of the successful candidate’s extensive experience.  As areas of the gardens require further work, the Sole Gardener will work through the options and opportunities with the owner and manage the implementation of the agreed designs/initiatives from a hands-on perspective.

This is a fantastic opportunity for a skilled, qualified and experienced horticulturist to take ownership of a truly stunning garden on a long-term basis.  Applications are sought from experienced Sole/Senior and Head Gardeners in search of genuine reward for their talent and a garden in which to achieve their full potential.

SALARY:       Circa £35,000 – £45,000 DOE

LOCATION:  High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

JOB No:          EC14275

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.

www.englishcountrygardeners.co.uk

Head Gardener – This position has now been filled

An excellent opportunity has arisen for a knowledgeable and experienced Garden/Grounds Manager to take the lead on a prestigious site near High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. This role would suit a diplomatic, presentable and well-rounded Head Gardener with a desire to utilise their skills and develop a respected site on a permanent basis.

The property covers approximately 100-acres and comprises expansive areas of lawn and woodland with sports fields and ornamental areas. The gardens include mixed beds/borders with herbaceous and perennial planting, climbing plants, shrubs, young and mature trees, a green roof, wildflowers, a small orchard, a pond and various sports fields. The property is located rurally and is surrounded by fields and paddocks; managed by local farmers.

The successful applicant will manage and work alongside another two other gardeners in working towards objectives for the extensive site, including the pond, sports lawns and wildflower meadow, as well as general maintenance and development of the property.

Applicants will ideally hold an academic horticultural qualification with demonstrable experience of managing large gardens or grounds, and of managing gardeners directly. Candidates must be confident in their plant knowledge and in their use (and basic maintenance) of garden machinery, must have good physical fitness and have an ability to work to a high standard at all times. Suitable applicants will be well-versed in working to established health and safety standards within the industry and will be able to ensure gardeners under their management comply to the same standards. Though chemical use is kept to a minimum, the garden areas of the estate are not managed organically and as such, chemical spray certificates are desirable but not essential as training can be provided. A full driving licence and your own transport are required for this role.

The successful applicant will be responsible for lawn care (mowing, edging, feeding, scarifying, aerating, watering and weeding), planting and pruning, maintenance of the flowerbeds and wildflower meadow, basic maintenance of all garden equipment, plant pest and disease management where necessary, management of the irrigation system and will be expected to contribute significantly to the development and ongoing improvement of the garden aesthetics, as well as efficiency in garden management overall.

As Head Gardener, the main responsibilities of this role are to map out a plan of action and a garden management plan of how to best manage the gardens in the short, medium and long term. Applicants should possess excellent management skills as the responsibility for developing a small team will play a key part of the role.

Summary of Responsibilities:

  • Lead and manage a team of two experienced grounds staff.
  • Deliver practical and flexible planning in both daily and seasonal work.
  • Manage the garden budget and deliver cost-effective solutions.
  • Maintain sports surfaces in accordance with relevant best practice.
  • Ensure an exceptional standard of presentation of formal and informal lawns and gardens.
  • Be responsible for the safe operation of all equipment and vehicles.
  • Maintain the safe and tidy preparation of all playing surfaces, roads and car park areas.
  • Responsible for keeping the site free from litter.
  • Management of waste/green waste areas and liaison with refuse collectors (garden equipment used for transport of waste etc.).
  • Flexible approach to working practices which will include some weekends (approximately 4 weekend days per year).

Detailed Duties:

  • General horticulture; planting, watering, weeding, irrigation, pruning and small tree work, topiary and small box hedging, leaf clearance and border work across the site.
  • Maintaining the lawns, playing fields and hard-court areas to a high standard, ensuring they are safe and fit for purpose. This will involve top dressing, weed control and other such duties.
  • Ensure that at all times the presentation of the borders, shrubs, hedges and flowerbeds is of the highest order, paying particular attention during the time leading up to high profile events.
  • Arrange the marking out of pitches for various sporting events.
  • Maintaining the environmental area to a safe and healthy condition using a variety of horticultural techniques and specialised equipment.
  • Carry out basic maintenance and first-line repairs of the mechanical equipment, ensuring that all grounds equipment is maintained to a safe and serviceable condition and workshop facilities are kept clean and tidy.
  • Assist with traffic management and parking for major events at the site; cover traffic duties when required, on an infrequent basis, i.e. when security staff are off.
  • Manage the annual woodland plan and ensure associated areas are safe.
  • Liaise with and monitor contractors as required.
  • Ensure the safe use, storage, calibration and disposal of pesticides, herbicides, fuel, oils and other similar substances including regular review of risk assessments and COSHH data.
  • Ensure work areas are kept clean, safe and tidy and that grounds buildings are kept secure at all times.
  • Maintain effective working relationships with managers, colleagues and teaching staff.
  • Carry out any other duties within the scope, spirit and purpose of the job as required by the Estates and Operations Manager.

Person Specification:

Excellent communication skills are needed as the Head Gardener will be required to deal with a varied group of people, of all ages.

  • The Head Gardener must possess enthusiasm and commitment to horticulture as a career and be able to demonstrate this via their work and education history.
  • The successful applicant must enjoy working as part of a team, be able to use initiative and a have a flexible approach.
  • This is a physically demanding role, so applicants must be willing and able to be involved in the maintenance and development of the grounds, outdoor facilities, gardens and landscaping with this in mind.
  • The successful candidate should be able to evidence their reliability and be amenable to some flexibility in working hours according to the needs of the seasonal workloads.
  • Punctuality is an important part of the function of the grounds department as well as a methodical approach to day to day work and the ability to prioritise workloads.
  • The post holder will be a responsive and willing individual, with good communication skills as an essential part of the busy and capable team.
  • The successful candidate will be courteous and helpful to all others on site at all times.

Desirable Skills and Certificates:

  • NPTC Pesticides PA1,2 & 6 Spraying Licence.
  • NVQ Level 3 Qualification Amenity Horticulture and Sports Turf Management or IOG National Diploma Level 3 in Turf Management or BTEC/HND/HNC in Turf Management or equivalent.
  • Registered member of IOG (Institute of Groundsmanship).
  • Training and certification in Health & Safety, COSHH, Manual Handling, Risk Assessment and First Aid.
  • Training and certification in forestry/arboriculture and/or use of chainsaws.
  • Training and certification for all types of grounds machinery use.

Principal Terms of Service:

  • 40 hours/week.
  • Flexible planned daily hours to support the needs of the site during operational times.
  • 5 weeks annual holiday; 25-days plus Bank Holidays
  • Contributory pension scheme available.
  • Lunch and refreshments provided.
  • Uniform supplied.

SALARY:       £35,000 DOE

LOCATION:  Buckinghamshire

JOB No:          EC7957

If this Head 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 Head 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 Head Gardener vacancy will have been unsuccessful.