Sole Gardener

A very attractive opportunity has arisen for a skilled Sole Gardener to take responsibility for a beautiful private garden in Suffolk on a live-in or live-out basis, with a salary adjustment made to reflect the successful candidate’s preferred option.  The property owner is in the process of looking for a plot of land on which to build a new house and will move into the new property open completion of the build.  Once our client has built and moved into the new property, the current property will be sold to new owners whom may or may not intend to keep the gardener on.  This role is however expected to exist for a duration of between one and two years at the least, depending on the actual date of the new house build project completion.

The position would suit a physically fit and knowledgeable gardener with demonstrable experience at Sole/Head/Senior level.

The 25-acre private home comprises a well-established formal garden of approximately 5-acres, surrounded by 20-acres of fields and paddocks that are managed by local farmers on short-term lets.  The 5-acre formal garden includes spring and summer herbaceous beds/borders, an espalier tree-lined frontage, a rose garden, kitchen garden, expansive lawns, hedges, a 1.5acre orchard and a polytunnel.  The large perimeter hedges are cut by a local farmer, though the internal hedges are extensive and managed by the Sole Gardener and property owner over the course of a full week, twice annually.  In addition to the above, the successful candidate must be happy to look after the owner’s dog at times.  The well-trained Sprocker (half Springer half Cocker) will require feeding and letting out into the garden in the mornings and let her back into the main house in the evening, when the owners are away. The collection of people from the local train station may also be necessary on occasion.

Applicants should hold a recognised academic horticultural qualification at Level 3 or above and/or extensive experience at Senior/Head/Sole Gardener level on horticulturally diverse private estates.  Possession of spray certificates (PA1/PA6) would be beneficial, with a full UK driving licence being essential.  The Sole Gardener should be competent with the operation and basic maintenance of garden machinery and will instinctively adhere to excellent health and safety standards at all times.

Suitable candidates must be able to confidently manage all aspects of the above whilst maintaining excellent standards of cleanliness, attention to detail and efficiency.  The property owner is a keen gardener and enjoys pruning the roses as well as working on other aspects of the garden when time allows.  For this reason, it is particularly important that applicants are friendly in character, positive in outlook, presentable and sociable, genuinely passionate about their trade and sensitive to the considerations associated with working (and living, if applicable) on a private property/home.

While the owner is realistic about the workload, applicants must be proactive and able to work unsupervised and to identify areas where efficiency can be improved and to make positive suggestions as to work schedules and maintenance.

The Sole Gardener should be flexible insofar as estate gardening is concerned, i.e. be able to manage/assist with common minor estate duties such as taking care of the owner’s two Spaniels when they are away, and other such duties as they arise.

This position is offered with a two-bedroom cottage, suitable for a couple or small family.  Pets are welcome within reason.  The cottage benefits from its own private garden at the front and rear, including access to the 1.5acre orchard.  The cottage is provided free of charge in addition to the generous salary.  The Sole Gardener will also have use of their own area of kitchen garden, if desired.

SALARY:Circa £27,500 + Accommodation

LOCATION: Suffolk

JOB No:EC24614

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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Head Gardener

Full time Head Gardener required for a property near Stowmarket, Suffolk

Will be managing an existing gardening team of 2-3 so must be experienced at, and comfortable with, direction and development of others.  Minimum of 5 years of management experience.

Must be happy to work outside in all weathers, and be flexible with hours and tasks to ensure smooth running of the property.

Must be happy taking instruction as well as working on own initiative.

No smoking allowed on the property.

Skills

Operating and maintaining all equipment including a tractor with loader, large sit on mowers, chainsaws, sprayers etc

15+ years varied horticultural experience (not just a grounds keeper) including management

Part-time Gardener

An excellent opportunity has arisen for a part-time Gardener to manage a private garden near the market town of Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.  This position is open only to self-employed applicants able to commit to 3-days per week.  The role will suit a skilled gardener with strong plant knowledge and a willingness to help out on the varied estate where necessary.

The estate includes a 4-acre mature walled garden with lawns, mature herbaceous and mixed borders, four greenhouses for propagation growing fruit, an orchard, a swimming pool and tennis courts.  Development works will be ongoing over the next two years, so a competent gardener with initiative and excellent time management skills is required to ensure the upkeep of the garden and associated aspects.

Applicants must be self-employed gardeners with demonstrable experience in managing and maintaining the grounds of a large private estate garden. Certificates in spraying (PA1/PA6) and competence in the operation and routine maintenance of general garden machinery would be beneficial, as would experience in the operation of chainsaws, though the latter is not essential as training can be provided.  Applicants must hold a full UK driving licence and must be physically fit.

Daily duties will involve management of the above garden features as well as some non-horticultural aspects on occasion, i.e. helping with animals where necessary, bringing in logs etc.  As such, applicants must be flexible with a positive attitude and should enjoy a varied role.  The ideal candidate will have a positive outlook and friendly character.  He/she will be organised, able to plan and prioritise their workload and have good estate DIY skills.

SALARY:  £20/hr DOE
LOCATION: Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk
JOB No:
EC22172

 If this Part-time 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 Part-time 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 Part-time Gardener vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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Experienced Gardener

An experienced and creative gardener is needed to join a team on a beautiful estate on the Essex/Suffolk border. The garden was designed by George Carter and consists of 5 acres of formal gardens, large Alitex tropical greenhouse, walled kitchen garden, extensive fine lawns, stumpery, herbaceous borders and fruit trees. The whole estate is 66 acres in total.

Sound plant knowledge, understanding seasonal garden management, competence with garden machinery, specific plant pruning technics are all required. Some experience with kitchen gardening would be an advantage as well as previous experience in a gardening position on private estates.

This is a live out position,

Call 07792861141 for more information on this Experienced Gardener vacancy.

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Skilled Gardener

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a skilled and experienced gardener on a private estate in Suffolk, near Colchester.  This new role will suit an academically qualified horticulturist with demonstrable garden management experience on private estates and a desire to be part of the ongoing development of a young garden.  A small one-bedroom flat is available for temporary use if the successful candidate is relocating from outside the area.

The estate encompasses 45-acres in total with approximately 4-acres dedicated to the formal gardens, originally designed by Bunny Guinness.  At just five years’ old, the young gardens are still taking form, with the property owner actively developing new areas and in need of assistance from a skilled and knowledgeable professional.

The modern rural property is surrounded by paddocks and woodland approximately 10-miles from Colchester itself.  The garden contains mixed and herbaceous borders, shrubberies, a water/wet garden of approximately 0.5-acres, a young mixed woodland, greenhouse and poly tunnel, with a lake and pond.   The gardens also include a walled potager with raised beds, combining vegetables and cutting flowers.

The successful applicant will work with the owner to create and develop new areas as well as to maintain existing areas to a high standard.  Two employees on the estate provide assistance including that of basic gardening, i.e. mowing and hedge cutting where necessary, however the Skilled Gardener will also be required to carry out these duties in addition to the finer horticultural tasks.  Aside from the two maintenance employees, the role may be considered a Sole Gardener position.

Applicants for this role must be physically fit, hands-on and talented horticulturists with experience of garden planning and time management.  Good ornamental plant knowledge is essential, as is an ability to carry out species specific pruning, basic soil treatment/management, pest and disease control and the safe operation and basic maintenance of a full range of garden machinery.  An academic horticultural qualification at RHS level 3 or equivalent/above is desired though is not essential if extensive relevant experience can be demonstrated.  The ability to operate a chainsaw would be beneficial, as would spray certificates (PA1/PA6).  Experience in kitchen gardening and plant propagation/glasshouse work is required, as is a full driving licence due to the rural location of the estate.  The property owner is looking for a knowledgeable and passionate gardener with whom they can discuss and plan the garden for the future, so applicants with a creative eye and a keen interest in design are encouraged to apply.

The welcoming property owner has a genuine love of the garden and horticulture so will be involved alongside the successful applicant, if only at a high level at times.  As areas of the gardens require further work, the Skilled Gardener will work through the options and opportunities with the owner and manage the implementation of the agreed designs/initiatives from a hands-on perspective.

This is a fantastic opportunity for a skilled, qualified and experienced horticulturist to take ownership of a young garden at an exciting stage of development.  Applications are sought from experienced gardeners in search of genuine reward for their talent and a garden in which to achieve their full potential for an engaged and horticulturally passionate owner.

SALARY:£30,000 – £35,000 DOE

LOCATION:Colchester, Suffolk

JOB No:EC18951

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

Juddmonte is a leading international bloodstock and racing group with farms in the UK, Ireland and the USA. Juddmonte is known as the home of Frankel, officially the world’s greatest racehorse.

We are seeking an experienced and knowledgeable Head Gardener, with a proven track record, to head up a small team at our Newmarket farms. Working closely with the Stud Director, this is an exciting opportunity to take a leading role in the formation of a new development programme of works in the gardens at the prestigious Banstead Manor Stud.

The successful applicant will possess the following attributes:

  • Excellent knowledge and expertise in general horticulture and plants
  • Extensive experience managing staff, projects and budgets, in addition to managing contractors
  • A good understanding of relevant H&S legislation including dynamic Risk Assessments, manual handling, working at heights (MEWP) etc.
  • RHS Level 3 Diploma in Horticulture or equivalent
  • Training and certification in arboriculture and/or use of chainsaws and other grounds machinery
  • Full UK driving licence
  • Housing Allowance can be offered

The position offers excellent working conditions and a competitive remuneration package. Juddmonte actively promotes continued learning and development; the successful candidate will be encouraged to develop professionally.

Applications including a cover letter, CV, current remuneration and reference details should be sent to Karen Gredley, Human Resources Manager, Juddmonte Farms Ltd., Banstead Manor Stud, Cheveley, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 9RD or hr@juddmonte.co.uk