Head Gardener

An excellent opportunity has arisen for a Head Gardener to play a key role in the ongoing development and enhancement of a beautiful private estate in Cavan, Ireland.  The position will involve day-to-day hands-on leadership and supervision of a team of gardeners in all aspects of the horticulturally diverse and developing garden.  Applications are sought from experienced and academically qualified Head/Senior Gardeners with high energy and a creative eye from a horticultural perspective.

The successful candidate will work with the property owner and Estate Manager with a view to bringing the historic gardens back to their former style and glory, with a modern twist and practical application in line with the theme of the estate.  This role will suit a horticulturist with demonstrable experience at senior level within private service, excellent time management skills, strong horticultural knowledge, and desire to take on a dynamic garden enhancement opportunity.  The estate plays host to weddings, with food at the highest level being a primary focus and an exciting draw for visitors.

Set within approximately 100-acres, the 18th Century estate was purchased by the current owner six years ago and has been constantly evolving throughout this time.  The varied and beautiful site is set within a historic deer park, with stunning scenery including woodland, a lake and many formal gardens surrounding the main buildings.  The formal and natural gardens comprise a walled garden, a 1-acre apple orchard with five varieties, a winter garden, a woodland garden, a perennial garden, mixed and herbaceous beds and borders, with hedges and specimen trees throughout.  Approximately 2.5-acres have been recently stripped and are in need of renovation and creative input.  A field for growing hardy produce and six polytunnels allow food to be grown for guests on a year-round basis.

The Head Gardener will manage and supervise a small team of assistant gardeners (three at present) and will be involved with any further recruitment of garden staff as deemed necessary.   The successful applicant will also work under and alongside the Estate Manager in terms of site development and operational planning.   Applicants must therefore be excellent communicators and be able to manage staff with diplomacy and positivity, whilst always maintaining communication with the Estate Manager and consideration for the property owner’s vision for the garden.  The property owners are genuinely enthusiastic and dedicated to their gardens and as such, this role will be varied and interesting with a high standard of horticulture required.

Applications are sought from experienced and knowledgeable private estate Senior/Head Gardeners who will have assumed responsibility of a large private garden and garden staff management, previously.   Suitable candidates will be confident yet humble and considerate, motivated, organised and professional hands-on Head or Senior Gardeners who are able to inspire their team.  The post holder will be socially confident with excellent communication skills and an ability and willingness to liaise with other property staff and engage positively with the owners and guests where necessary.  Good organisational experience and a demonstrable understanding of all areas of garden management are essential, with ideal applicants being academically qualified to RHS Level 3 or above with excellent physical fitness, plant identification skills and an ability to operate and maintain a range of garden machinery.  The Head Gardener should be able to carry out plant P&D management, plant propagation and glasshouse work as well as and kitchen gardening to a high standard.

This is a rare opportunity for a skilled and experienced Head Gardener to join a friendly team on a developing and varied estate, under a very welcoming Estate Manager and property owner.

SALARY:        €35,000 – €40,000 DOE

LOCATION:  Cavan, Ireland

JOB No:          EC25560

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

A rare opportunity has arisen for a Sole Gardener to take ownership of an impressive and developing private estate garden in County Meath, Ireland.  The property has recently been purchased and the owner has planned an extensive renovation, construction and reinstatement program for the whole estate.  Applications are sought from skilled gardeners with demonstrable experience of managing their own time efficiently from a hands-on perspective, preferably with experience at Sole, Senior/Head Gardener level.

The estate is of a parkland-style landscape with copses and strategic planting of trees within the fields, numbering 2000 at present.  The total area encompasses 110-acres, with the formal garden being 3-acres when complete.  The property will include a kitchen garden, glasshouses and wildflower meadows in addition to an array of ornamental planting and garden features yet to be finalised as part of the design.

Two employees currently work on site, including a part-time groundskeeper.  The successful candidate for the Sole Gardener role will report directly to the estate owner and will work with the landscape architect to deliver the garden design, planting and landscaping project as envisaged and will ensure the upkeep of existing parkland.

Responsibilities of the Sole Gardener are to include general garden maintenance and management, e.g. planting, pruning, lawn mowing, hedge cutting, watering/irrigation and tree maintenance.  Maintaining the boundaries and property fences will fall within the post holder’s area of responsibility and as such, competence in the operation of some agricultural machinery such as tractors, excavators, hedge trimmers, sprayers etc. will be welcomed, however those without experience with heavy machinery/vehicles are also encouraged to apply.  Routine upkeep of the property, i.e. fencing, varied handyman jobs etc. will also be required of the Sole Gardener.

Applicants for this position should have experience in garden management and maintenance, strong horticultural knowledge, experience with self-propelled mowers, chainsaws, and other garden machinery.  Applicants with experience in earth moving equipment would also be welcome.

Suitable candidates will be physically fit, energetic and self-motivated with a strong work ethic and can-do attitude.  An ability to work well unsupervised, plan the workload on a weekly and annual basis and to problem-solve are essential qualities, as are good communication skills and a positive attitude.  Applicants should be academically qualified, ideally with certification in Health and Safety.  Applicants must hold a full driving licence.

This opportunity is offered with accommodation by way of a 1000ft.2 gate lodge comprising two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a large living room, kitchen and utility room.  The lodge has recently been refurbished and is fully furnished.  Pets are welcome.  Utility costs will be the responsibility of the employee, though rent is covered by the employer in addition to the generous salary stated below.

Standard hours will be 38-hours per week, Monday to Friday with occasional weekend work when necessary.  29-days holiday (including Public Holidays) are offered, as is use of a vehicle for work purposes.

SALARY:        Circa €30,000 DOE

LOCATION:  County Meath, Ireland

JOB No:          EC23425

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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