Skilled Gardener

An excellent opportunity has arisen for a Skilled Gardener to join the small team on a historic estate near Tetbury in the Cotswolds.  This role would suit an academically qualified and well-rounded gardener with at least 3-years’ experience on private estates and/or horticulturally diverse gardens.  The property owners have worked with renowned garden designer Tom Stuart-Smith to rejuvenate garden, which is now a stunning and rewarding place to work from a horticultural perspective.

Applicants for this vacancy should have demonstrable experience in each of the areas listed below and must have demonstrable experience on private estates.  Experience in chemical-free gardening and plant pest/disease control is required as the garden is largely run organically.  The position is an excellent opportunity to work under a knowledgeable Head Gardener within a small team on a hands-on, full-time basis, and to increase your existing skills in a beautiful garden.

The successful candidate will be physically fit, have experience with herbaceous borders, kitchen gardening, cut flowers, and must be well-versed in glasshouse and plant propagation.  Competence in the safe operation of common garden machinery is essential.  A full driving licence is required for the commute to and from the rurally located estate.

Typical duties will include, but may not be limited to the following

  • General garden maintenance and management of all plantings
  • Seasonal bulb planting
  • Pruning of shrubs, plants and topiary
  • Assisting with greenhouse management and maintenance
  • Assisting with irrigation systems and water features
  • Weed control through organic means where possible
  • Assisting with management of composting of waste on site
  • Pest and disease control through organic methods
  • Assisting with the provision of cut flowers, fruit and vegetables for the house and occasionally a London property.

Other estate duties to are likely to include maintenance of drives, paths, terraces, garden sculptures, drains, garden furniture and assisting with maintenance of all garden machinery.

Applicants for this role should have experience in each of the above areas and must be willing to learn new aspects of the garden as they arise.  Standard working hours are Monday to Friday, with 40-hours/week being expected, however some flexibility may be required at times to reflect seasonal demands.  The position is offered with 28-days holiday per annum (including Bank Holidays).

SALARY: Up to £32,000 DOE

JOB No: EC17128

LOCATION: Tetbury, Gloucestershire

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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Head Gardener

A fabulous opportunity has arisen for an experienced and knowledgeable Head Gardener to join a large private estate in Gloucestershire.

The position is for a permanent, full time Head Gardener to maintain and develop the established gardens around the main house and the gardens of the estate properties.  The gardens are made up of formal hedges and borders, kitchen garden, pools and waterfalls, orchards and wild meadow areas.

The Head Gardener will work closely with the family and a leading garden designer to generate and develop ideas and assist with the design and landscaping of the areas around the estate and the tenants’ gardens.  He / She will be responsible for providing year-round plants for the house and estate properties. As the role will be both hands on and admin focused, duties will also include implementing and managing annual work schedules, planting records and other computer-based admin.

The Head Gardener will be supported by a small team, who also look after the wider estate. As a team, they would be required to maintain the gardens to a high horticultural standard as well as manage the glasshouses and kitchen garden.

The successful candidate should hold suitable horticultural qualifications combined with excellent plant and tree knowledge. Spraying certificates and COSHH are required for the role as well as the ability to operate a range of garden machinery. A full UK driving licence is essential. Chainsaw operation and tickets to drive powered access would be an advantage.

The ideal candidate will have an entrepreneurial flair to drive the team and business to expand the gardening services to others in the village. Someone who is positive, pro-active with a can-do approach and has great attention to detail. He / She will be trustworthy, committed and a good communicator, with an open and honest approach.

A competitive salary is provided for the right candidate and accommodation can be provided if required. The working hours are 40 hours per week and annual leave is 21 days (excluding bank holidays).

SALARY: £28,000 – £30,000 depending on experience

LOCATION: Gloucestershire

JOB No: EC16378

If this Head Gardener vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Sara Yassin on 01233 733510 or info@englishcountrygardeners.co.uk.

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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 everyone.  Therefore, unless you hear from us within the next 14 days, your application for this Head Gardener vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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Estate Gardener

An exciting career advancement opportunity has arisen on a beautiful private estate in Gloucestershire, on a full-time permanent basis.  This role will suit an energetic, practically minded and hardworking gardener with a well-rounded skill set.

The stunning Grade II listed manor house dates from the 16th Century and encompasses a total of 60-acres overall.  The property includes expansive areas of parkland and woodland with lakes and ornamental ponds, and a Trout river.  The formal garden of 3-acres includes a tennis court and swimming pool, a topiary walk, wild banks, a small kitchen garden, glasshouse and an orchard, as well as variety or ornamental plants, with hedges and lawn throughout.

The garden is designed by a celebrated and well-respected garden designer.  The garden and estate are managed by the Head Gardener. The current vacancy replaces a long time co-worker who has sadly recently passed away.  The successful candidate will have the opportunity to eventually step up into the primary role, at which point they will be well-versed with the workings of the estate having shadowed the current time-served and knowledgeable Head Gardener.

Daily duties will involve all aspects of horticulture and garden management, i.e. lawn management, hedge cutting, planting, pruning, feeding and weeding, basic plant healthcare, plant propagation/glasshouse work and a small amount of kitchen gardening.  Typical estate duties will also be asked of the successful applicant, such as chainsaw operation/preparation of firewood, repair of fences, general management of a biomass boiler and other similar tasks to ensure the smooth running of the estate.

Applicants must be experienced and well-rounded estate gardeners with good horticultural knowledge and a character that is rewarded by hard work.  Physical fitness and energy are a prerequisite for the role as the work can be physically demanding, yet varied and interesting.  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 is a chainsaw certificate and competence with a range of garden machinery.  A full driving licence is essential as the property is located rurally.

This is an excellent opportunity for an enthusiastic hands-on estate gardener to work towards a step up in their career whilst enjoying the outdoors lifestyle that accompanies this varied role, on a beautiful historic private estate.

SALARY:        Circa £30,000 DOE

LOCATION:  Burford, Gloucestershire

JOB No:          EC13915

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

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Skilled Gardener

An excellent opportunity has arisen for a Skilled Gardener to join the small team on a historic estate near Tetbury in the Cotswolds.  This role would suit an academically qualified and well-rounded gardener with at least 3-years’ experience on private estates and/or horticulturally diverse gardens.  The property owners have worked with renowned garden designer Tom Stuart-Smith to rejuvenate garden, which is now a stunning and rewarding place to work from a horticultural perspective.

Applicants for this vacancy should have demonstrable experience in each of the areas listed below and will hold a recognised horticultural qualification at RHS Level 3 or equivalent/above. Experience in chemical-free gardening and plant pest/disease control is required as the garden is largely run organically.  The position is an excellent opportunity to work under a knowledgeable Head Gardener within a small team on a hands-on, full-time basis, and to increase your existing skills in a beautiful garden.

The successful candidate will be physically fit, have experience with herbaceous borders, kitchen gardening, cut flowers, and must be well-versed in glasshouse and plant propagation.  Competence in the safe operation of common garden machinery is essential.  A full driving licence is required for the commute to and from the rurally located estate.

Typical duties will include, but may not be limited to the following:

  • General garden maintenance and management of all plantings
  • Seasonal bulb planting
  • Pruning of shrubs, plants and topiary
  • Assisting with greenhouse management and maintenance
  • Assisting with irrigation systems and water features
  • Weed control through organic means where possible
  • Assisting with management of composting of waste on site
  • Pest and disease control through organic methods
  • Assisting with the provision of cut flowers, fruit and vegetables for the house and occasionally a London property

Other estate duties to are likely to include maintenance of drives, paths, terraces, garden sculptures, drains, garden furniture and assisting with maintenance of all garden machinery.

Applicants for this role should have experience in each of the above areas and must be willing to learn new aspects of the garden as they arise.  Standard working hours are Monday to Friday, with 40-hours/week being expected, however some flexibility may be required at times to reflect seasonal demands.  The position is offered with 28-days holiday per annum (including Bank Holidays).

SALARY:       Up to £30,000 DOE

JOB No:          EC10096

Location:        Tetbury, Gloucestershire

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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Head Gardener

An experienced and passionate Head Gardener is sought after to manage the existing gardens and grounds of an award-wining estate situated in the South West countryside. The estate, outside Bristol, is set within 66 acres of beautiful grounds with panoramic views across the River Severn to Wales and the rolling hills beyond.

The 66-acre garden is open to the public and consists of a walled Victorian garden which is a collection of different spaces. The vegetable garden provides produce used by the kitchen to make soups and sides and the raspberries, blackcurrants and strawberries grown make tasty jams. The orchard is a mix of apple and pear trees and the greenhouse on site is used for plant propagation as well as growing runner beans, tomatoes and leeks. The pergola is covered in mature roses and wisteria, which bloom in the summer months and to the centre of the garden, there are extensive lawns which serves as a beautiful setting for outdoor weddings. The Rockery is teeming with sedums, crocuses, daffodils, tulips, ornamental trees, ornamental bushes, pampas grasses and conifers and because of the variety of vegetation, the look of the rockery changes all year round. There is a lake onsite, a maze, a rose garden, and surrounding the estate is woodland.

The successful candidate will take an active role in maintaining and enhancing all existing garden areas, including the maze as well as creating and implementing new projects within the estate gardens. He / She will ensure all tasks are completed to a high horticultural standard including tree and shrub planting, ground preparation for turf/seed and turf laying. This also includes identifying and managing any risks to the gardens (e.g. plant diseases) and taking actions to alleviate them.

The Head Gardener will create a positive working environment, leading the garden’s department, managing a team of 5. He / She will ensure the garden’s team work in a safe environment and meet all health and safety standards.  The successful candidate will work collaboratively with the operations team to be aware of events at the estate and to ensure works are completed on time and that the grounds are always looking their best e.g. trimming the grass and hedges, fixing fences and maintenance.

Practical experience in horticulture and experience working on a private estate in a similar environment is essential, supported by the appropriate qualifications. A good level of plantsmanship and knowledge of horticultural techniques covering a varied range of plant types as well as artistic plantsmanship /design skills would be advantageous. He / She will have strong people skills with the ability to build and maintain relationships internally and externally. A full clean driving licence is required for the role.

The position comes with a competitive package including off-site accommodation locally, 22 days holiday plus Bank Holidays, pension and 5% attendance bonus. The hours of work are 40 hours, five days per week. Working days can be flexible and it is a requirement that you can work on weekends and evenings.

This is an exciting opportunity for a Head Gardener with a creative flair and vision to turn this incredible garden around into something spectacular.

SALARY:       Up to £30,000 DOE + Accommodation

LOCATION:  Bristol, South Gloucestershire

JOB No:          EC6821

If this Head Gardener vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Sara Yassin on 01233 733510 or info@englishcountrygardeners.co.uk.

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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.

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Senior Gardener

An excellent opportunity has arisen for an experienced and knowledgeable gardener to play a leading role on a beautiful, historic, traditional English country estate near Cirencester.  This position would suit an academically qualified and knowledgeable hands-on gardener with experience at senior and/or Head Gardener level.  The position is offered with or without accommodation with a negotiable salary dependent upon the successful applicant’s preference.

The private estate is open to the public at certain times of the year and currently attracts approximately 8000 visitors per year; however the family aims to increase this significantly following completion of a major refurbishment to the house in 2020.  The property is privately owned and has remained in the same family since its construction in the early 20th century, with the fourth generation now enjoying the estate and playing an active and hands-on role in its maintenance and development.  The estate plays host to a small number of events, such as a Rare Plant Fair, an opera, and a crafts event. An extensive snowdrop collection is also a significant draw for visitors each year.

Set within a small rural village and surrounded by agricultural fields and paddocks, the estate comprises an impressive main building of Cotswold stone with formal gardens extending to 8-acres.   The gardens follow a traditional formal English manor house style with generous planting of yew and box topiary, extensive hedging, herbaceous borders, planters, a variety of shrubs, native and exotic tree species, manicured lawns and climbing wisteria.  A walled garden is currently undergoing renovation.

Following the amicable departure of the previous position holder, the gardens are currently managed by one part-time gardener, one apprentice, two volunteers and regular hands-on contributions from the family themselves.  A requirement therefore exists for a more Senior Gardener to take the lead on garden management and development, which will involve working closely with the owners.

The ideal candidate will possess suitable academic and industrial horticultural qualifications as well as extensive hands-on garden management experience on private estates.  Applicants must have good knowledge of seasonal horticultural practices, species-specific pruning techniques and have the ability to supervise part-time gardeners, manage a garden budget, volunteers and contractors with diplomacy and positivity in order to ensure a happy and effective team.  Experience of creating and maintaining topiary, mixed borders, lawn maintenance, kitchen gardening and plant propagation, is essential.  Applicants must be competent with the operation and basic maintenance of garden machinery, with spray certificates (PA1/PA6) desirable.

The role will primarily involve working with the owners to develop the garden as both a private residence and visitor attraction, by way of maintaining excellent standards of presentation throughout the year.  As a key player on the estate, informal conversations with visitors about the garden will be expected, as well as developing towards conducting tours of the garden to groups of visitors.  Applicants should therefore be positive in their approach, confident in character and should find enjoyment and reward in passing on their expertise to visitors and colleagues alike.

Accommodation is provided locally if required, off site, to suit the successful applicant’s situation.  A salary adjustment will be made for those not requiring the provided accommodation.  The accommodation may be used temporarily in order to ensure smooth relocation of the successful candidate, or permanently if preferred.

SALARY:       Up to £30,000 (Live in)

LOCATION:  Cirencester, Gloucestershire

JOB No:          EC6824

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

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Gardener

Gardener required

An excellent opportunity has arisen for an experienced gardener to join the small team on a historic estate near Tetbury in the Cotswolds.  This role would suit an estate gardener with experience in lawn care and garden machinery operation, with an ability to undertake general estate maintenance tasks where necessary in areas such as box and yew hedges, topiary, herbaceous borders, an organic kitchen garden, cutting flowers, a glasshouse. The owners have worked with renowned garden designer Tom Stuart-Smith to rejuvenate garden, which includes a large walled garden and ornamental glasshouse.

Applicants for this vacancy should have demonstrable gardening experience and will ideally hold a recognised horticultural qualification. Experience in organic gardening and plant pest/disease control would also be an advantage as the garden is largely run organically.  The position is an excellent opportunity to work under a knowledgeable Head Gardener within a small team on a hands-on, full-time basis.

Typical duties will include maintenance and further development of the gardens and outdoor areas, summarised as follows:

  • General garden maintenance and management of all plantings.
  • Weed control of the whole site; note that this will need to be by organic means whenever possible.
  • All supporting wires and stakes should be regularly checked to maintain plant support and removed   when deemed unnecessary
  • Maintenance of amenity lawns and wildflower meadows (approximately 3-days per week)
  • Seasonal bulb planting as required
  • Maintenance of all drives, paths, terraces and tracks
  • Assisting with the management of irrigation system
  • Checking drains
  • The maintenance of equipment; keeping machinery in good working condition and undertaking any minor repairs.
  • Plant pest and disease control; almost always by organic methods will be required
  • Manage composting of waste on site
  • Organic vegetable production
  • Care for the chickens
  • Assisting with the kitchen garden
  • Assisting with cutting flowers
  • Assisting with herbaceous borders and topiary
  • Assisting with vegetable and flower production.

Applicants for this role should have experience in each of the above areas and must be willing to learn new aspects of the garden as they arise.  Standard working hours are Monday to Friday, with 40-hours/week being expected, however some flexibility may be required at times to reflect seasonal demands.  The position is offered with 28-days holiday per annum (including Bank Holidays).

SALARY:       £25,000 – £28,000 DOE

LOCATION:  Tetbury, Gloucestershire

JOB No:          EC3108

If this 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 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 Gardener vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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Head Gardener

An excellent opportunity has arisen for an experienced and knowledgeable gardener to play a leading role on a beautiful, historic, traditional English country estate near Cirencester.  This position would suit an academically qualified and knowledgeable hands-on gardener with experience at senior and/or Head Gardener level.

The private estate is open to the public at certain times of the year and currently attracts approximately 8000 visitors per year, however the family aims to increase this significantly following completion of a major refurbishment to the house in 2020.  The property is privately owned and has remained in the same family since its construction in the early 20th century, with the fourth generation now enjoying the estate and playing an active and hands-on role in its maintenance and development.  The estate plays host to a small number of events, such as a Rare Plant Fair, an opera, and a crafts event. An extensive snowdrop collection is also a significant draw for visitors each year.

Set within a small rural village and surrounded by agricultural fields and paddocks, the estate comprises an impressive main building of Cotswold stone with formal gardens extending to 8-acres.  The gardens follow a traditional formal English manor house style with generous planting of yew and box topiary, extensive hedging, herbaceous borders, planters, a variety of shrubs, native and exotic tree species, manicured lawns and climbing wisteria.  A walled garden is currently undergoing renovation.

Following the amicable departure of the previous incumbent, the gardens are currently managed by one part-time gardener, one apprentice, two volunteers and regular hands-on contributions from the family themselves.  A requirement therefore exists for a new Head Gardener to take the lead on garden management and development, which will involve working closely with the owners.

The ideal candidate will possess suitable academic and industrial horticultural qualifications as well as extensive hands-on garden management experience on private estates.  Applicants must have good knowledge of seasonal horticultural practices, species-specific pruning techniques and have the ability to supervise part-time gardeners, manage a garden budget, volunteers and contractors with diplomacy and positivity in order to ensure a happy and effective team.  Experience of creating and maintaining topiary, mixed borders, lawn maintenance, kitchen gardening and plant propagation, is essential.  Applicants must be competent with the operation and basic maintenance of a wide range of garden machinery, with spray certificates (PA1/PA6) desirable.

The Head Gardener role will primarily involve working with the owners to develop the garden as both a private residence and visitor attraction, by way of maintaining excellent standards of presentation throughout the year.  As a key player on the estate, informal conversations with visitors about the garden will be expected, as well as developing towards conducting tours of the garden to groups of visitors.  Applicants should therefore be positive in their approach, confident in character and should find enjoyment and reward in passing on their expertise to visitors and colleagues alike.

A three-bedroom cottage is available, if required, with a salary adjustment made accordingly as outlined by the range below.  The cottage may be used temporarily in order to ensure smooth relocation of the successful candidate, or permanently if preferred. If the successful candidate prefers to live out, the higher end of the salary range will be offered.

SALARY:       £25,000 – £35,000 Live in/out

LOCATION:  Cirencester, Gloucestershire

JOB No:          EC8025

If this Head 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 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.

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Sole Gardener

An attractive opportunity has arisen for an experienced gardener to join a small estate team on a full-time basis, on a beautiful private property near Cirencester in Gloucestershire.  This position would suit a hands-on and knowledgeable gardener with excellent attention to detail, a positive attitude and an ability to take ownership of every aspect of a horticulturally diverse garden.  Basic garden maintenance is undertaken by other members of staff, leaving the successful candidate free to focus on the finer horticultural aspects of the garden.

The stunning property includes a garden designed by a very well-respected designer and comprises extensive areas of formal lawn, mixed hedges, a kitchen garden, glasshouse, mixed beds/borders, with a wide range of ornamental plants, surrounding paddocks, parkland and mature trees.

Key responsibilities of the successful applicant will include managing and maintaining the formal garden borders, maintaining the planting schemes, preparing and cultivating the vegetable garden, propagation and management of the greenhouse, harvesting and storing fruit and vegetables produced, working alongside a small team around the rest of the estate and on wider grounds projects from time to time, as well as looking after the parkland areas alongside the team.

Applicants for this role will need to demonstrate excellent horticultural knowledge and experience in each of the above areas.  Candidates will ideally hold an RHS level qualification at Level 3 or above, though this is not essential if extensive experience can be proven.  The successful candidate should have excellent attention to detail and an ability to work well as part of a small estate team.  A full UK driving licence is essential for this role.

SALARY:        £30,000 – £35,000 DOE

LOCATION:  Near Cirencester, Gloucestershire

JOB No:          EC7572

If this Sole 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 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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