Senior Gardener

Senior Gardener required

We are seeking an experienced, motivated Senior Gardener for our beautiful, organic wildlife friendly garden and estate in North Oxfordshire.

The successful applicant would be part of a small team, but the will have sole responsibility, with an assistant/trainee, for the Ornamental Gardens and the vegetable and soft fruit gardens, but also work with the team on larger projects when necessary.

The property comprises;

  • Ornamental flowers borders
  • Small vegetable and soft fruit gardens
  • Mature orchard
  • 18 acre wildflower meadow
  • Wetland
  • Lake
  • 20 acre fallow pasture
  • Small apiary

We work using organic principles and always consider the impact on wildlife while working trying to balance design, aesthetics and nature!

Essential criteria;

  • Comprehensive knowledge/ experience in organic vegetable growing and ornamental border management.
  • Good communication skills, as will be working with the owners on design and planning and interaction with the team.
  • Physically fit and willing to work outdoors in all seasons.
  • An interest in ecology, wildlife/ wildflower conservation.
  • Good knowledge in the use and maintenance of relevant machinery.

On completion of a three month probationary period, we are offering a full time, permanent position with a competitive salary and possibly accommodation if necessary.

£25,000- £26,000 per annum dependent on experience and accommodation.

If you think this position sounds like it will suit you please apply with a cover letter and CV.

Senior Gardener

An excellent opportunity has become available for an experienced Senior Gardener on a full time and permanent basis for a beautiful private garden located near Thame, Oxfordshire. The position is also open to a gardening couple.

The stunning 3-acre private garden includes a kitchen garden, glasshouse, an Avery, pond with fish, extensive lawn areas, mixed and herbaceous borders and a variety of trees.  The local church grounds and a portfolio of barns /associated small gardens are owned by the client and the successful candidate will occasionally be required to assist with the general garden maintenance of those sites.

The client is looking for a long-term Senior Gardener or a Gardening Couple (Senior and an Undergardener) to manage and maintain the gardens to a high horticultural standard. In the case of a Senior Gardener appointed, they would be given the opportunity to recruit an Undergardener at a later date.

The Senior Gardener will ideally hold a horticultural qualification and have experience working on private estates. There is an extensive range of tools, equipment and garden machinery available including a small tractor. He / She will have experience of using and basic maintenance of the machinery as well as good technical skills. PA1/PA6 spray certificates and chainsaw certificates would be an advantage. The successful candidate will be organised, self-motivated and have experience working autonomously as well as managing others. He / She will be responsible for managing other contractors on site. A full UK driving licence is essential.

A two-bedroom converted barn is provided for the successful applicant(s). Council tax and utilities are paid by the tenant. Partners, children and pets are welcome. A vehicle will be provided.

SALARY: Circa £30,000 depending on experience for the Senior Gardener

LOCATION: Near Thame, Oxfordshire

JOB No: EC23418

If this Senior 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 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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Skilled Gardener

Skilled Gardener required

A suitably experienced and passionate gardener is required to take the lead in maintaining approximately 5-acres of formal gardens within a larger 720-acre estate, located just outside Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire.  This role would suit a knowledgeable horticulturist with demonstrable experience on private estates at a senior level.  Applicants should have an understanding and passion for the artistic aspect of garden development, as well as an awareness of the scientific considerations essential for effective plant use and management.

This very ‘English garden’ which has recently been redesigned and replanted, surrounds the main house and includes topiary yew, herbaceous borders, a paved parterre, box parterre, tiered formal lawns, a cutting garden, an embryonic wild meadow area, a new woodland, wildlife ponds, a new glasshouse, new potting shed, a new machine shed and new barn.  A collection of approximately 20 specimen oak trees is located within the estate at present, with plans to increase the stand on an ongoing basis.  A bluebell woodland with native trees is managed by external contractors, though assistance from the garden team may be required at times.  Although the formal garden is not managed organically, the remaining estate of approximately 545-acres is.  This principle is in keeping with the property owner’s intention to increase biodiversity and continue the creation of natural habitats, beyond the successes already realised on the estate.

As the principal gardener, applicants will need to coordinate with one junior gardener, house staff, a groom and occasional contractors.  The position is hands-on, with everyday work involving typical seasonal gardening duties such as pruning, planting, mulching, weeding, mowing, propagation etc. The role also includes more specialised tasks such as planting design, irrigation management, small arboricultural jobs (formative pruning and mulching of young trees etc.), composting of garden waste, as well as regular consultation with the owner, who is very receptive to new ideas and expertise.  As a live-in employee, candidates should also be willing and able to undertake estate security as well as occasional jobs within the wider estate, e.g. tree planting.

Applicants for this role should have excellent plant knowledge; proven practical experience at a similar level (senior gardener or above, on private estates), knowledge of garden machinery and their maintenance, good organisation and communication skills including the use of computers/WhatsApp etc.), knowledge and experience of turf maintenance and care, knowledge of health and safety and the associated paperwork.  An academic horticultural qualification is desired, ideally at RHS Level 3 or above, however extensive experience will be considered. Experience with plant pest and disease control/treatment is required, as is experience with chainsaws (PA1/PA6 spray certificates and a chainsaw certificate; CS30/31 or similar) desired.

Suitable applicants will be positive, enthusiastic individuals with a ‘can-do’ approach.  Candidates should be non-smokers with good physical fitness and a fondness for dogs, as the three friendly house Labradors may wish to assist in the garden from time to time.  A full UK driving licence is essential.

This role is offered with a generous salary and on-site accommodation by way of an impressive and recently refurbished four-bedroom ground-floor house, located close to the main property.  The accommodation comprises an open-plan kitchen/dining room and a very large lounge with log burner, and a brand-new conservatory at the rear extending to a private garden.  Heating, power and electricity are the responsibility of the occupant.  This property is unsuitable for pets.  A standard 40-hour week is required; Monday to Friday, with occasional weekend work when necessary, e.g. watering during periods of hot weather.  Holiday entitlement comprises 20-days plus bank holidays (28-days in total).  The estate is located in a rural setting amongst beautiful rolling hills, pocketed with beech woods.  Nearby towns include Henley; 3 miles, and Marlow; 8 miles away.

SALARY:Circa £28,000 + Accommodation

LOCATION:Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

JOB No:EC22070

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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Head Gardener

Head Gardener required

After many years of planning, work relating to one of Trinity’s most ambitious and exciting construction projects in the history of the College has begun.

The Levine Building is sited within the highly renowned College grounds and provides the opportunity to transform Trinity’s already beautiful gardens to integrate the building whilst enhancing the historic estate that surrounds it.

The Head Gardener will play a leading role in the transformation of the College’s gardens from design to implementation, including the restoration of the College’s historic herbaceous border.

We seek a highly experienced gardener with the skills and motivation to realise the College’s vision at a pivotal moment in the development of its gardens.  The successful candidate will be able to maintain a balance between the planning and development of this and future projects and working hands on alongside the team of gardeners.

Further particulars are available from https://www.trinity.ox.ac.uk/vacancies/

Closing date for applications: Tuesday 20th October 2020 at noon.

First interviews will be held the w/c 26th October and second interviews w/c 2nd November 2020.

Trinity College is committed to Equal Opportunities and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.  We therefore ask that all applicants return the Equal Opportunities form as part of the selection process and include a covering letter and CV to jennifer.cable@trinity.ox.ac.uk

Gardener

A self-motivated and driven gardener is sought after on a full time and permanent basis for a beautiful garden designed by Tom Stuart Smith in Oxford.

The 25 – 30 acres garden is part of a shooting estate and consists of a walled garden, kitchen garden, rose garden, greenhouse for propagation work, extensive lawns both for ride on and fine mowing, topiary, hedges, herbaceous and mixed borders, shrubs and a variety of young and mature trees.

The gardener will join a team of two – Head Gardener and Senior Gardener. Half of the week, the gardener will be responsible for the general maintenance such as the mowing, weeding, hedge cutting, strimming and topiary work. The other half of the week, he / she will work closely with the Head Gardener on the more specialised areas such as the borders and the finer horticultural aspects of the garden.

The successful applicant will have good horticultural knowledge and technical skills. PA1 / PA6 and chainsaw certificates would be advantageous, however, the owners would be willing to support the training if required.  The gardener will be organised and enjoy working to a high standard. The ability to operate a range of garden machinery and good craft skills are essential for the role as well as a full UK driving licence.

The position with suit someone with a real passion for horticulture and drive to further develop their knowledge and skills. He / She will be hands-on, physically fit and have the willingness to learn.

SALARY:Circa 25,000 depending on experience

LOCATION:Oxford

JOB No:EC17580

If this 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 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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Skilled Gardener

Skilled Gardener required

A rare and wonderful opportunity has arisen for a qualified and experienced horticulturist to join an historic estate in west Oxfordshire.  This opening will suit a horticulturist with exceptional plant knowledge, particularly of glasshouse and border work.  The role is offered with a generous salary and first-class accommodation by way of a three-bedroom property at a significantly reduced rate of approximately £200/month, if required.

The majestic eighteenth-century country house is surrounded by parkland and pleasure gardens with stunning woodland walks, one of which leads to one of Britain’s finest water gardens.   The original walled kitchen garden remains and provides shelter to an area that exemplifies ornamental gardening through each of the four seasons.  Great expanses of lawn, large mature trees and considered ornamental planting allow the formal Italianate garden style to be highlighted further by the traditional English parkland landscape.  Specimen trees and sculptures provide perspective as the eye is drawn along avenues that culminate at a pinpoint in the distance, with undulating landscape and vistas at every turn.

A small team of skilled gardeners (full and part-time) care for the gardens with great attention to detail for the benefit of the owners and the visiting public, the latter being invited to explore the estate every other weekend between April and September each year.  This vacancy has arisen due to the current skilled horticulturist returning home to France in July, thereby leaving an opportunity for the successful applicant to be rewarded by way of generous and considerate employers in addition to the unique and spectacular gardens.

Suitable candidates for this role will hold an academic horticultural qualification at RHS Level 3 or above/equivalent in addition to extensive practical experience in private estate gardens.  The focus of this role is fine horticulture, so excellent plant identification skills are essential in addition to a thorough understanding of garden management principles throughout the seasons.  As the estate is open to the public, a willingness and ability of applicants to confidently hold discussions and present to the visiting public on occasion would be a considerable advantage.  Applicants should be flexible, energetic and cooperative in nature with a positive and friendly outlook and must always be presentable.  Some experience of chemical-free garden management methodologies would be helpful, though chemicals are used in some areas of the garden at present due to the size of the estate.  As the primary focus of the position will be glasshouse work as well as management of the large borders, candidates must be competent and experienced in plant propagation.  Good physical fitness and an eye for detail are required, with an ability to work well within a team as well as alone where necessary.  During the peak of summer, watering in the glasshouse may be required over the weekend until the plant stock has been sold.  This is carried out by the team on a rota basis and will be required once in every three weekends for a total of approximately half an hour each day, typically until July.

The stated salary offering will be commensurate with the successful applicant’s level of knowledge and is offered in addition to life insurance, an 8% employer pension contribution and a heavily subsidised first-class accommodation by way of a three-bedroom property.  This is a fabulous opportunity for a skilled horticulturist to join a stunning and historic estate, and to work for genuinely warm and welcoming employers.

SALARY:        Up to £29,000 + Accommodation

LOCATION:  West Oxfordshire

JOB No:          EC16768

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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Experienced Gardener

An excellent opportunity has arisen for a qualified and experienced Gardener to manage and maintain a beautiful private estate in the Cotswolds.  The family currently work closely with two garden designers and are looking for a knowledgeable and hands-on gardener to come onboard.

The grounds cover about 8 HA of land surrounding the main residence.  The garden is comprised of naturalistic perennial plants & grasses, bulbs, herbs, roses and climbers, shrubs, and ornamental trees.  The gardens vary between naturalistic wider areas and more intimate and selective ornamental border areas. There are different areas of grass and turf which require constant attention and care; a main formal lawn, grass meadow, and some wilder natural wildflower meadow areas. The wider estate has relatively recently planted parkland trees, many native and some ornamental non-native and a newly made large swimming lake, hedges some formal some native.

The owners bought the property about 4 years ago and the gardens have been under development since. With the continuous progress of the garden, the experienced gardener will be responsible for all aspects of the garden and therefore need to be self-motivated, proficient at organising their time whilst being able to remain flexible in their approach to work. He / She will work closely with the owners, garden designers and tree expert to ensure that the garden is kept to a high horticultural standard. Additional duties include the pool maintenance.

Applicants for this position will ideally be academically qualified to Level 2 or above and are confident in their plant knowledge, with excellent attention to detail. Specialist herbaceous knowledge around a new perennial/prairie style treatment is essential. There is a small orchard and excellent orchard care knowledge is important. Excellent managerial and liaison skills to keep track of all estate work, budgets and schedules, with proven supervisory experience is required. Spray certificates (PA1/PA6) and chainsaw competence certification are desirable and a full clean driving licence. Good physical fitness and experience with a wide range of garden machinery are required for the role.

This position is available on a flexible hour’s basis 4-5 days per week (32 – 40 hours p/week) paid pro rata. The owners hold events at the property and therefore additional hours may be required for which time off in lieu will be given.

This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced gardener, team player and someone who is keen to keep things moving forward, embracing the flavour of the garden as its been lovingly designed and built.

SALARY:  £30,000 – £35,000 DOE

 LOCATION:  Cotswolds

 JOB No: EC16380

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

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Couple/Gardener

Gardener/Couple  – KINGSTONE LISLE PARK. Oxfordshire.

KLP house is a 17th century house standing in 10 acres of gardens. The House was purchased as part of a larger estate in 2018, the new owners have the vision of transforming the gardens and surrounding landscape back to their former glory.

The position is primarily suited for a couple, the main role consists of maintaining 10 acres of gardens, implementing new plans and designs, working outside gardens on the Estate and in the woodlands, assisting with Bee keeping, working closely with the client to achieve their goals. The partner will assist in the gardens, but maybe required at times to help in the household with serving, cleaning etc..

The position requires an enthusiastic, self-motivated couple with exacting standards.

An attractive package available with two bedroom cottage, salary dependant on qualifications and experience.

Junior Gardener

Junior Gardener required

An excellent opportunity has arisen for an experienced Under Gardener to work alongside a Head Gardener on a stunning 550 acre private estate near Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire with 7 acres of formal gardens.

The new Under Gardener will work under the direction of the Head Gardener but must be able to work alone when required. Duties will include weeding, digging, hedge cutting, rose pruning, mowing and a wide range of other horticultural duties as directed by the Head Gardener.

Applicants should have good plant knowledge and be able to demonstrate an efficient and practical approach to their work. Good physical fitness is required as the position will be physically demanding at times.

Applicants must be a passionate gardener with a genuine interest in horticulture, with a desire to learn, improve on their existing gardening knowledge and they must be self-motivated.

Desirable

  • RHS Level 2 or above
  • Spraying Certified (PA1 / PA6)
  • Chainsaw Certified

Preferred

  • Prior experience on a Private Estate

Essential

  • Full Driving Licence
  • Passion for horticulture

Head Gardener / Groundskeeper

Head Gardener / Groundskeeper required

An excellent opportunity has arisen on a private estate close to Banbury, Oxfordshire for an experienced gardener / groundskeeper to manage and maintain the beautiful gardens.

The private gardens consist of paddocks, mature and young trees, topiary, fruit trees, mixed borders, vegetable garden and extensive lawns. Typical duties will include, but not be limited to; general garden maintenance and management of all plantings, seasonal bulb / vegetable planting, pruning of shrubs, plants and topiary, lawn mowing and border edging, hedge cutting, weeding, watering & irrigation and pest and disease control.

Additional responsibilities will include assisting with household / estate maintenance such as maintenance of the drives, paths, drains, estate fencing and garden furniture. The successful candidate will have a junior gardener working with you to assist at your direction.

This role would suit a hands-on and driven gardener with a well-rounded skill set. The ideal candidate will be friendly, self-motivated and have a positive attitude. They will have previous experience working on an estate, maintaining the gardens and managing the grounds. Working to a high standard and being reliable and flexible in your approach is essential.

At 5 days per week, good physical fitness is a must as this is a hands-on, full-time position.

Applicants will need to have a minimum level 2 horticultural qualification for the role, spray certificated (PA1 & PA6) and chainsaw certificate would also be an advantage with good experience in the safe operation and basic maintenance of garden machinery.

Must have previous experience working on a country estate. Full driving licence is essential. Non-smoker preferred.

Assistant Gardener

A very attractive vacancy has arisen for an Assistant Gardener to join a small, friendly and supportive team on a private estate in West Oxfordshire. This position would suit an experienced gardener with good physical fitness and a genuine passion for horticulture and private estate gardening.  This position is offered with a three-bedroom house (rent and Council Tax free) in addition to the stated salary.

This privately-owned mature and traditional English country garden encompasses approximately 20-acres in total including 12-acres of ancient woodland with a natural stream.  The formal gardens comprise lawns, mixed herbaceous borders, fruit trees, roses and climbers, hedges, mature trees and ponds.  A further 7-acres is dedicated to orchard and informal grass areas.  The property has a large glasshouse and potting shed which is primarily used for propagation of flowers.

Reporting to the Head Gardener, the successful candidate will assist in the overall maintenance and development of the garden on a full-time basis.  Good plant knowledge is required, as is an ability to demonstrate skills such as plant propagation, specialist pruning (especially roses and climbers) and herbaceous border management.   Experience in the operation of a range of garden machinery is essential, and an ability to carry out basic maintenance of the machinery, beneficial.  Good time management skills are required as is an ability to take clear and supportive direction from the Head Gardener.  Applicants must have a willingness to develop their skills and knowledge and must be happy to work within a team as well as on their own when required.

A horticultural qualification such as RHS level 2 or equivalent, PA1/6 spray certificates and competence/certification in chainsaw operation are desirable but not essential, as full training will be provided to the right candidate.  Applicants with basic hard landscaping skills (as well as good horticultural skills) are encouraged to apply, though the former are not essential.  Hours of work are 08:00 – 16:30, Monday to Friday.

In addition to the stated salary, a modern three-bedroom house is provided with the role.  The accommodation is located approximately one mile away from the estate and comes rent free, however the successful applicant will be liable for their own utility bills and Council Tax.  Applicants must possess a full UK driving licence and their own transport for the commute to the estate.  A full DBS check will be carried out on the successful applicant prior to commencement of employment if a current cleared check is not held.  A probationary period of three months will apply.

SALARY:        £18,200 + Accommodation

LOCATION: Abingdon, Oxfordshire

JOB No:          EC8622

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

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Sole Gardener

Sole Gardener required

A rare and exciting opportunity has arisen on a stunning privately owned garden, designed by a renowned and celebrated garden designer, for an experienced hands-on plantsman/woman.  Applicants for this role should be well-rounded and qualified private estate gardeners with excellent horticultural knowledge and an ability to manage their own time efficiently.

Located in the Cotswolds, the horticulturally diverse garden exemplifies the stately yet natural feel typical of a functional, historic family home.  The welcoming owners have a genuine love for their garden and therefore require a talented Sole Gardener, on a live-in full-time basis, to take ownership of each aspect and to continue its development in line with the designer’s original vision.  Applicants must be confident in managing all aspects of a diverse private estate garden on their own, including the activities of external contractors where necessary.

The property encompasses 60-acres in total, with formal gardens of 1.5-acres being the primary focus of the property; comprising expansive striped lawns, gravel pathways, pots/planters with seasonal displays, herbaceous beds and borders, bulb plantings, cutting flower beds, magnolia, rare climbing wisteria and climbing roses.  A kitchen garden includes two poly tunnels and two glasshouses, dedicated to the propagation and growing of organic fruit, vegetables and cutting flowers that are used in the main house.  Outside the formal gardens, management of floral meadows and young woodland areas are overseen by the Sole Gardener, with the hands-on aspect primarily but not exclusively undertaken by contractors.

Applicants for this role should hold academic horticultural qualifications and will need to have excellent horticultural knowledge as well as discretion, confidentiality and sensitivity associated with working on a private estate.  Demonstrable experience in each of the above areas to a high standard is essential, with certification and competence in chainsaw operation and chemical spraying (PA1/PA6) desired.  Applicants must hold a full UK driving licence due to the rural location of the property.

The position is offered with a two-bedroom cottage on site, suitable for a single or couple.  Children are welcome, with pets considered within reason.  The property owners cover Council Tax, with utility bills covered by the Sole Gardener.  Hours of work will be 08:00 – 17:00 with a one-hour lunch break.

SALARY:       Circa £28,000 DOE + Accommodation

LOCATION:  Oxfordshire

JOB No:          EC4119

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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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 and one of four in the South East.

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.  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:          EC3399

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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Gardener

Merton College is considered to have one of the most exceptional gardens within Oxford University.

We are currently seeking a Gardener to join our experienced and passionate team of four working to maintain this stunning city centre garden and annexes.

Benefits include:

38 days holidays including Bank Holidays, OSPS pension scheme, free meals in duty, use of the fitness room, onsite parking, Private medical insurance.

Duties include:

  • To maintain and improve the Gardens at Merton College, Merton Annexes and other designated estate properties within Oxford.
  • Be involved in the day-to-day cultivation and maintenance of the College’s plant collection, tree collection and lawns.
  • Undertaking border maintenance – lifting and dividing, cutting back, staking, tying-in, dead heading and watering.
  • Pruning shrubs, climbers, small trees and hedge cutting to suit plant requirements.
  • Turf culture – mowing, feeding, selective weed-killing, edging, scarification, top dressing, spiking, turf laying, grass seeding and leaf sweeping.
  • Propagation – carrying out techniques according to season and species requirements, sowing, dividing, layering, cuttings, hygiene, ventilation and shading.
  • Observe and report back to Head Gardener on plant health, pests and diseases. Monitor the effectiveness of control measures.
  • Use ladders for pruning trees and climbers.
  • Landscape work under supervision.
  • In- house composting.

Merton College is an Equal Opportunities Employer

Skilled Gardener – This position has now been filled

Skilled Gardener required

A suitably experienced and passionate gardener is required to take the lead in maintaining approximately 5-acres of formal gardens within a larger 550-acre estate, located just outside Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire.  This role would suit a knowledgeable horticulturist with demonstrable experience on private estates at a senior level.  Applicants should have an understanding and passion for the artistic aspect of garden development, as well as an awareness of the scientific considerations essential for effective plant use and management.

This very ‘English garden’ which has recently been redesigned and replanted, surrounds the main house and includes topiary yew, herbaceous borders, a paved parterre, box parterre, tiered formal lawns, a cutting garden, an embryonic wild meadow area, a new woodland wildlife ponds, a new glasshouse, new potting shed, a new machine shed and new barn.  A collection of approximately 20 specimen oak trees is located within the estate at present, with plans to increase the stand on an ongoing basis.  A bluebell woodland with native trees is managed by external contractors, though assistance from the garden team may be required at times.  Although the formal garden is not managed organically, the remaining estate of approximately 545-acres is.  This principle is in keeping with the property owner’s intention to increase biodiversity and continue the creation of natural habitats, beyond the successes already realised on the estate.

As the principal gardener, applicants will need to coordinate with two part-time gardeners, house staff, a groom and occasional contractors.  The position is hands-on, with everyday work involving typical seasonal gardening duties such as pruning, planting, mulching, weeding, mowing, propagation etc. The role also includes more specialised tasks such as planting design, irrigation management, small arboricultural jobs (formative pruning and mulching of young trees etc.), composting of garden waste, as well as regular consultation with the owner who is very receptive to new ideas and expertise.  As a live-in employee, candidates should also be willing and able to undertake estate security as well as occasional jobs within the wider estate, e.g. tree planting.

Applicants for this role should have excellent plant knowledge; proven practical experience at a similar level (senior gardener or above, on private estates), knowledge of garden machinery and their maintenance, good organisation and communication skills including the use of computers/WhatsApp etc.), knowledge and experience of turf maintenance and care, knowledge of health and safety and the associated paperwork.  An academic horticultural qualification is desired, ideally at RHS Level 3 or above, however extensive experience will be considered. Experience with plant pest and disease control/treatment is required, as is experience with chainsaws (PA1/PA6 spray certificates and a chainsaw certificates; CS30/31 or similar) are desired.

Suitable applicants will be positive, enthusiastic individuals with a ‘can-do’ approach.  Candidates should be non-smokers with good physical fitness and a fondness for dogs, as the three friendly house Labradors may wish to assist in the garden from time to time.  A full UK driving licence is essential.

This role is offered with a generous salary and on-site accommodation by way of an impressive and recently refurbished three-bedroom ground-floor house, located close to the main property.  The accommodation comprises an open plan kitchen/dining room and a very large lounge with log burner, and a brand-new conservatory at the rear extending to a private garden.  Heating, power and electricity the responsibility of the occupant.  This property is unsuitable for pets.  A standard 40-hour week is required; Monday to Friday, with occasional weekend work when necessary, e.g. during periods of hot weather.  Holiday entitlement comprises 20-days holiday plus bank holidays (28-days in total).  The estate is located in a rural setting amongst beautiful rolling hills, pocketed with beech woods.  Nearby towns include Henley; 3 miles, and Marlow; 8 miles away.

SALARY:       Circa £28,000 + Accommodation

LOCATION:  Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

JOB No:          EC7989

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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Undergardener

An excellent opportunity has arisen for an experienced Undergardener to work alongside a Head Gardener on a stunning private property near Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire.

The 15-acre property encompasses a walled garden, kitchen garden, herbaceous garden, an orchard, swimming pool, seating areas and surrounding paddocks. Candidates must be enthusiastic gardeners, honest, reliable and capable of delivering an extremely high standard of work.

The new Undergardener will work under the direction of the Head Gardener but must be able to work alone when required.  Duties will include weeding, digging, mowing and a wide range of other horticultural duties as directed by the Head Gardener.  This is a rare opportunity for an Undergardener to improve on their existing skills and knowledge whilst working on an impressive private estate in a much sought-after location in the country.

Applicants should have good plant knowledge and be able to demonstrate an efficient and practical approach to their work.  Good physical fitness is required as the position will be physically demanding at times.  Spray certificates (PA1/PA6) would be an advantage, as would experience and competence with mowers, hedge cutters, strimmers and blowers.

Applicants should primarily be passionate gardeners with a genuine interest in horticulture, with a desire to learn and improve on their existing gardening knowledge.  Applicants with experience of working on private estate gardens are encouraged to apply.

SALARY:       Circa £23,000

LOCATION:  Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

JOB No:          EC7661

If this Undergardener 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 Undergardener 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 Undergardener vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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