Head Gardener

We are looking for an experienced and enthusiastic Head Gardener to join our Estate Management team in looking after a 12 acre site in Radlett.

The role is very much hands on in a small team and requires a proactive approach to the gardens with an outward customer service attitude to the homeowner.

Desired candidate must have experience of kitchen gardens, herbaceous borders, lawn management and general garden husbandry, including tree care, cutting, hedging and tool maintenance.

They must be a motivated individual who is keen to take ownership of an interesting and diverse set of gardens and seek continuous improvement in their presentation.

This is a live out role.

RHS Level 2 or equivalent experience/qualification.

Head Gardener

A superb opportunity has arisen for a Head Gardener to play a key role in the ongoing maintenance and enhancement of a beautiful private estate in Hertfordshire.  The role will involve day-to-day hands-on leadership and supervision of a team of skilled gardeners.  The successful candidate will need to work with the owners and garden designer to enhance and develop the garden.  This role will suit an experienced gardener with strong leadership skills, excellent horticultural knowledge and desire to take on a dynamic garden on a collaborative basis.

The impressive period property is framed by gardens designed by a highly respected Chelsea Gold Medal winning designer who continues to be involved with the gardens on a regular basis.  The privately-owned estate encompasses approximately 40 acres, of which five are gardens maintained to a very high standard.  The gardens are open once a year at the end of May as part of the NGS scheme and as testament to their popularity, in 2019 broke the regional record for the most successful turnout in a day with well over 1000 visitors.

The varied site includes a ¾ acre walled garden, a 4 ¼ acre ornamental garden with water features, trees, shrubs, perennials and a long list of additional features, plants and areas beyond.  Glasshouses on site are used for propagation, growing vegetables, overwintering citrus, and ornamentals.  The remainder of the estate encompasses paddocks/ménage, two tennis courts, parkland and a swimming pool.  The garden team are noted for their production of fruit and vegetables, of which some are used for home-made preserves and juices which are sold locally. The estate also provides a home for various animals; a small herd of Dexter cattle, Texel sheep, chickens and horses.  The owners own an adjacent property; the Coach House, with a small garden and an additional 7-acre rental property in the area that includes paddocks and a garden, which are also overseen by the Head Gardener.

The Head Gardener will oversee the team and be the sole point of contact to the property owner and Estate Manager/Designer.  Applicants must be excellent communicators and be able to manage team members with diplomacy, whilst ensuring a positive environment.  Successful collaboration with the Estate Manager/Designer and the property owners is of paramount importance, as the creative input from all parties has ensured the garden’s popularity to date and must continue to do so.  The property owners are genuinely enthusiastic and dedicated to the gardens, so this role will be varied and interesting, with a high standard of horticulture required at all times.

Applications are sought from experienced and knowledgeable private estate Skilled/Senior/Head Gardeners who will ideally have assumed responsibility of garden staff management.  The successful candidate will be used to handling dynamic environments with some pressure at times and will be adept at problem solving and will enjoy rising to and managing challenges alongside a talented team.

The Head Gardener will be responsible for ensuring all machinery on site is serviced (by the appropriate external technicians where necessary) and kept in good working order.  Chemical spray certificate and chainsaw licenses are both desirable but not essential.  The successful applicant will be self-motivated, have excellent communication skills, staff/volunteer supervisory skills and most importantly, excellent horticultural knowledge.

A full driving licence and your own transport are required as the property is located rurallyA living allowance will be provided to the successful candidate in addition to the salary.

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.

SALARY:       £35,000 – £40,000 DOE + Accommodation allowance

LOCATION:  Ayot St Lawrence, Hertfordshire

JOB No:          EC15785

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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Kitchen Gardener

A rare opportunity has arisen for an experienced Kitchen Gardener to take ownership of a varied and interesting productive garden on a beautiful and well-known private estate near Ayot-St-Lawrence in Hertfordshire.  The impressive period property is framed by gardens designed by a highly respected Chelsea Gold Medal winning designer who continues to be involved with the gardens at an estate/garden management level.  The new Kitchen Gardener will liaise with the property owner and the estate manager/designer as well as the Senior Gardener with a view to ensuring the smooth running and further development of the kitchen garden in line with new ideas and techniques.  This position would suit a talented kitchen gardener with a genuine passion for the production of fruit and vegetables; common and otherwise, as well as a hunger to experiment with new produce where possible.

The privately-owned estate encompasses approximately 40 acres, of which five are gardens maintained to a very high standard.  The gardens are open once a year at the end of May as part of the NGS scheme and as testament to their popularity, have recently broken the regional record for the most successful turnout in a day.  The varied site includes a 4 ¼ acre ornamental garden with water features, trees, shrubs, perennials and a long list of additional features, plants and areas beyond.  Glasshouses on site are used for propagation, growing vegetables, overwintering citrus, and a few ornamentals.  The remainder of the estate encompasses paddocks/ménage, a tennis court, parkland and a swimming pool.  The existing garden team are noted for their small but much-praised production of fruit and vegetables, of which some are used for home-made preserves and juices. The estate also provides a home for various animals; a small herd of Dexter cattle, Texel sheep, chickens and horses.

The kitchen garden encompasses ¾ acre in addition to the two glasshouses and two poly tunnels.  A wide variety of fruit (top and soft fruit), vegetables and herbs are grown within the walled garden and the glasshouses, one of which is classed as an orangery.  As the estate opens on occasion to the public and sells the produce on a regular basis, presentation and planning is important.  The estate has featured in several publications and is a respected property due to the stunning gardens and edible produce which, on open days, are displayed in such a way as to demonstrate the growing process as well as the end result.  The Kitchen Gardener must be able to plan and execute the production of batches of fruit and vegetables on time throughout the seasons.  The property owner is very passionate about the productive aspect of the gardens and is passionate about food and cooking, so welcomes new ideas and methodologies to ensure continued interest.

Applications are sought from experienced and knowledgeable Kitchen Gardeners who will have assumed responsibility of a varied productive garden either on a private or commercial site.  The successful applicant will be required to assist in the ornamental gardens during quiet times of the season and when work in the kitchen garden slows, so applicants should be willing and able to assist on a general horticultural / garden maintenance front when their primary duties allow.

The successful applicant will be self-motivated, genuinely enthusiastic about productive gardening, with excellent communication and time management skills.  A full driving licence and your own transport are required as the property is located rurally.

SALARY:       £25,000 – £30,000 DOE

LOCATION:  Ayot St Lawrence, Hertfordshire

JOB No:          EC15306

If this Kitchen 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 Kitchen Gardenervacancy.  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 Kitchen Gardener vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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Grounds Person / Gardener

Grounds Person / Gardener required

A rare opportunity has arisen for a Skilled Grounds Person to utilise their turf management skills on a stunning private estate whilst also having the opportunity to develop their gardening and horticultural knowledge.  This vacancy will suit a candidate with strong turf care experience, i.e. of grass tennis courts, cricket pitches etc. and a keen interest in gardening.

The impressive 16th century manor house is framed by gardens designed by a highly respected Chelsea Gold Medal winning designer.  The Estate encompasses approximately 40-acres, five of which are gardens maintained to a very high standard and are open once a year in May as part of the NGS scheme, with visitor numbers exceeding 1000 every year. The ornamental gardens feature many elements including specimen trees and shrubs, mixed and herbaceous planting, an orchard, water features, fine lawns and meadow areas. The garden has two glasshouses including an orangery and a polytunnel to provide additional growing space. The kitchen garden and adjacent allotment space are used for the production of fruit and vegetables, of which some are used for preserves and juices.  The remainder of the estate encompasses a swimming pool, outbuildings, horse stables, paddocks, beehives, parkland, a tennis court and a smallholding. The estate is also the home of a small number of Dexter cattle, sheep and chickens.

Expansive areas of lawn and a new grass tennis court will be the focus of this new role, with the successful candidate maintaining these areas as their primary responsibility and reporting to the Head Gardener.  The working week will vary between the seasons; the summer will consist of 4-5 days of mowing, edging and fine turf care, with any additional time being spent maintaining the hedges and other areas of the garden.  Winter duties will be determined by the requirements of the lawns and grass tennis court and will include a greater proportion of time in the wider garden alongside the small team.

In addition to the main gardens, the client owns one additional local property at which the successful candidate may be asked to undertake lawn management and general garden maintenance alongside the team.

The successful candidate will be well-versed in the management of fine turf, to include treatment by way of feeding, scarification, pest and disease control, seeding, drainage and other associated duties to ensure the highest quality turf and lawns throughout the seasons.  Professionals with a strong background in fine lawn care, tennis court and/or cricket pitch management would be suitable applicants, as interviews will in part involve discussion with an industry specialist.  Basic machinery operation and maintenance will form part of the role so candidates must be able to demonstrate their abilities in these areas via previous positions of responsibility.

Good physical fitness and a commitment to the garden are necessary, as is a willingness to work as part of a small and friendly team where required to do so.  Applicants must have a positive ‘can-do’ attitude and a willingness to contribute to the smooth running of the estate.  A full driving license and transport are required as the property is in a rural location.

SALARY:        Circa £25,000 DOE

LOCATION:  Ayot-St-Lawrence, Hertfordshire

JOB No:          EC13922

If this Grounds Person / 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 Grounds Person / 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 Grounds Person / Gardener vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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Sole Gardener

Sole Gardener required

An excellent career development opportunity has arisen for a talented and qualified gardener to join a private estate at an early stage of garden development.  The Grade 2 listed property is framed by a half-acre garden and 10-acres of surrounding farmland and is currently undergoing a redesign by an award-winning design team, Julie Toll and Ian Kitson.  Planting is due to start in late Spring 2020.

The existing garden comprises shrub beds, lawns and ornamental planting, a tennis court and newly refurbished swimming pool and a polythene tunnel which houses tender Mediterranean plants.  The garden and planting will continue to be developed with designer Julie Toll, whose specialism is planting design, meadow establishment and garden aftercare.  The client is very keen on wildlife and wishes to slowly convert the meadows from year-round grazing to wildflower meadows.  Garden waste will be composted as much as possible for use within the garden.

The new garden will provide a refreshed and newly landscaped entrance courtyard, formal gardens, terraces and an entertainment garden.  The new areas account for 700m2 of new perennial planting with associated shrub, ornamental specimens, young trees and topiary.

The Sole Gardener will be responsible for ongoing maintenance of all aspects of the garden, though will benefit from guidance, support and direction at certain times from Julie Toll, particularly during the implementation and early after care phases.  In addition to the maintenance of the formal gardens, the Sole Gardener will be responsible for the 10-acres of fields associated with the property which are currently being grazed by sheep but will be developed with the new gardener to wildflower meadows for late Spring to Summer this year.  The future development of a kitchen garden is a possibility and will be at the discretion of the new gardener and the property owner.

The successful applicant will be an academically qualified and experienced hands-on gardener with good physical fitness, enthusiasm, and a proven ability to work well on their own.  Applicants will have a love of trees, shrubs and perennials and must have excellent species-specific pruning skills.  Spray, chainsaw certification and a full UK driving licence are desirable.  Hours of work are yet to be determined, though the work week will comprise 40 hours.  The position is offered with 20-days’ holiday plus Bank Holidays.

This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced gardener with good time management skills to join a new garden project alongside a celebrated design team at an exciting stage of development.  The client is keen for the suitable applicant to start as soon as possible so as to ensure involvement with the planting aspect of the project.

SALARY:        Circa £38,000 DOE

LOCATION:  Watton-at-Stone, Hertfordshire

JOB No:          EC11107

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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Sole Gardener

A unique opportunity has arisen for an experienced Sole Gardener to demonstrate their horticultural skills on a stunning BALI award-winning garden near St Albans in Hertfordshire.  This position would suit a talented senior gardener/horticulturist with extensive experience of managing high-end private estate gardens autonomously.

The impressive 3.5-acre formal garden comprises a walled kitchen garden, herbaceous borders, a greenhouse, fruit trees (plums, damsons, cherry, quince, peach and apples) with mature trees (two copses), a natural pool, extensive flower beds and expansive areas of managed lawn.  A maintenance employee looks after the main building as well as mowing of the lawns, enabling the incoming Sole Gardener to focus on the horticultural improvement and management of the garden on a full-time basis.

Applicants will ideally hold a recognised academic horticultural qualification at level 3 or above and/or extensive experience on private estates at senior level.  Applicants must have excellent practical and theoretical knowledge in each of the above areas and should also have extensive experience of managing private estate gardens efficiently throughout the seasons.  This role requires a well-rounded knowledge of horticulture, efficient time management and excellent attention to detail at all times.  Applicants should be well-versed in the operation and basic maintenance of garden machinery and should have a good level of physical fitness.

This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced and qualified Sole Gardener to take ownership of an award-winning private estate garden.  The property is a full-time home for the welcoming and generous owners so applicants must be well presented, positive and friendly in character.  The owners are open to new design ideas within the garden, so applicants with experience in this area and a keen eye for garden aesthetics are encouraged to apply.  Candidates must have their own transport for the commute to and from site as accommodation is not available with this vacancy.

SALARY:       Circa £35,000

LOCATION:  St Albans, Hertfordshire

JOB No:          EC10706

If this Sole 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 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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Skilled Gardener

A fantastic opportunity has arisen for a Skilled Gardener to work alongside an existing team on a beautiful private estate in Hertfordshire. The impressive 16th century property is framed by gardens designed by a highly respected Chelsea Gold Medal winning designer.

The Estate encompasses approximately 40-acres, five of which are gardens maintained to a very high standard. The gardens are open once a year in May as part of the NGS scheme, and visitor numbers exceed 1000 every year. The ornamental gardens feature many elements including specimen trees and shrubs, mixed and herbaceous planting, an orchard, water features, fine lawns and meadow areas. The garden has two glasshouses including an orangery and a polytunnel to provide additional growing space. The kitchen garden and adjacent allotment space are used for the production of fruit and vegetables, of which some are used for preserves and juices.

The remainder of the estate encompasses a swimming pool, outbuildings, horse stables, paddocks, beehives, parkland, a tennis court and a smallholding. The estate is also the home of a small number of Dexter cattle, sheep and chickens.  Two additional properties form part of the portfolio, so the successful candidate may be asked to undertake tasks at either of these properties (although this would not be a frequent occurrence, as each has its own gardener).

The ideal candidate will be a good all-round skilled gardener with an RHS or similar qualification.  Experience with fruit and vegetable growing would be advantageous, though not essential.  Pesticide and chainsaw licenses are also desirable but not essential.

Good physical fitness and a commitment to the garden are necessary, as is a willingness to work as part of a small and friendly team. Most importantly, applicants must have a positive ‘can-do’ attitude and a willingness to contribute to the smooth running of the estate.  A full driving license and transport are required as the property is in a rural location.

SALARY:       Up to £26,000 DOE

LOCATION:  Ayot-St-Lawrence, Hertfordshire

JOB No:         EC7998

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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