Couple

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced gardener and housekeeper couple who are looking for an opportunity to live and work on a beautiful private estate in their respective professions full time.

The stunning estate is a grade II listed, seventeenth century English country house, located near Woking, Surrey. The wider estate includes farmland, woodland, rented accommodation and the formal garden surrounding the main house comprise of lawns, borders surrounding the house, a walled garden, kitchen garden and a wide range or young, mature and specimen trees.

The gardener will be responsible for the maintenance of the garden to a high horticultural standard and will work closely with the owner on further developments and implementations. They will ideally have the enthusiasm, drive, hold a horticultural qualification and have experience managing a private estate garden. Excellent horticultural knowledge and confident in plant identification is essential. Experience in the use and maintenance of garden machinery is required and spraying certificates PA1/PA6 and chainsaw licence are desirable.

The housekeeper will be responsible for keeping the home organised, clean and tidy. Duties will include the cleaning of the rooms, hoovering, dusting, making the beds, the laundry, ironing and some cooking. The owners have three young children and will require occasional assistance with the children.

A competitive salary is provided for the couple as well as a 2-bedroom semi-detached cottage onsite at a reduced rate of £700 per month. Both positions are full time – 40 hours per week. Weekend work is required, and two days will be given off during the week.

SALARY:        £50,000 – 55,000 DOE for a couple + reduced rent accommodation

LOCATION: Woking, Surrey

JOB No:          EC22655

If this Couple 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 Couple 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 Couple vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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Gardener and Vineyard Assistant

Gardener and Vineyard Assistant required

This is a great opportunity to take on a varied role while helping to manage the large formal gardens, estate and seven-acre vineyard surrounding an historic manor house in Surrey.

Working with both the Head Gardener and the owners, the ideal candidate would be knowledgeable, adaptable and organised with a positive, hard-working attitude and the ability to work well within a small team.

Apart from the general duties required to maintain the gardens at a high standard ( opening for the National Garden Scheme as well as charity events) you will be involved in helping to manage our  vineyard, producing classic sparkling and still rose wines.

In the garden you will be expected to:

  • Maintain beds with mixed planting, climbers and roses
  • Maintain extensive box and yew topiary and wisteria that covers large parts of the house.
  • Prune the fruit trees ( apple, pear and quince).
  • Undertake a programme of lawn care including mowing, scarifying, aerating, moss control and feeding.
  • Strim paths and banks, cut hedges, keep paths swept and rake over the gravel drive as necessary
  • Spray herbicides, fungicides and foliar feeds using knapsack sprayers.
  • Manage the ponds including the upkeep of pond fountain pumps and the removal of weed and algae.
  • Plant, water and maintain pots of both annuals and shrubs

In the vineyard you will assist with:

  • Annual winter pruning ( following training)
  • Frost protection
  • Tucking in and training new shoots
  • Mowing the rows and headlands
  • General leaf canopy management through the growing season
  • Fruit protection measures (use of fungicidal sprays)
  • Use of the mechanical hoe for weed management
  • Use of the mechanised leaf trimmer for canopy management
  • Harvesting and transportation of grapes to the winery

Training will be provided in the use of vineyard machinery as appropriate : tractor; flail mower; mechanical hoe;  leaf trimmer and sprayer.

If not already acquired, training and certification will be provided for use of knapsack sprayers in the garden and the tractor-towed mist sprayer in the vineyard. Additionally, training can be provided for chainsaw certification ( ground based only).

You must also be willing to undertake non-gardening jobs as necessary in order to ensure the smooth-running of the estate. With other team-members this will include :  maintenance of the pool and pool filtration,  irrigation and borehole systems; maintaining gutters and drains as necessary and helping with the management of a small herd of Alpacas.

We would welcome applicants who are able to start immediately but we are happy to be flexible if notice is required.

Please send a covering letter with your CV.

Skilled Gardener

A self-motivated and driven skilled gardener is sought after on a full time and permanent basis for an incredible private estate near Godalming, Surrey.

The wider estate covers about 200 acres of land with farmland and paddocks. The 2-acre formal gardens surrounding the main house consists of extensive lawns, a variety of mature and young trees, herbaceous borders, flower and rose beds, cut flower garden, a greenhouse to grow tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers, a large kitchen garden that supply the house with seasonal vegetables, polytunnel, fruit trees and a fruit cage.

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced gardener to join a friendly team working on the estate. The successful applicant will be responsible for the maintenance of the garden to a high horticultural standard as well as enhancing the garden when required. The owner is an artist with a keen eye for detail and enjoys cut flowers for the house. Additional duties will include swimming pool maintenance, bringing in logs in the winter and assisting with managing contractors onsite.

The skilled gardener will be organised, plan and prioritise workload and work autonomously as well as part of a team. Experience growing fruit and vegetables as well as specialist pruning is required for the role. Applicants should ideally hold a horticultural qualification, excellent plant knowledge and previous experience working on private estates. A chainsaw certificate is essential but if you have experience using chainsaws but do not hold the qualification, the owners would be happy to support the training. PA1/PA6 spray certificates would be an advantage.  Ability to operate a range of garden machinery and good craft skills are desirable and a full UK driving licence is essential.

Accommodation is provided for the successful applicant. The three-bedroom cottage is located on site. Bills including council tax are paid by the tenant. Partners and children are welcome.

SALARY:        £26,000 + 3 bed accommodation

LOCATION: Godalming, Surrey

JOB No:         EC22795

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

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Skilled Gardener

An attractive opportunity has arisen for an experienced and well-rounded Skilled Gardener on a full time and permanent basis to maintain and develop the gardens of a beautiful Estate in Surrey.

The grade II listed Estate has two-acre of formal gardens comprising of a court yard garden with yew topiary hedging and a magnolia grandiflora in the centre, a box parterre with garden statues, mixed and herbaceous borders, large terraced flower beds, mature coniferous and broadleaf trees, extensive manicured lawns, parkland, topiary and a beehive. Located within the Surrey Hills area, the surrounding countryside is predominantly rural in nature and comprises largely agricultural land and woodland of outstanding natural beauty and of great landscape value.

As a Skilled Gardener, you will have the determination and drive to work autonomously and have a vision for maintaining and enhancing the garden as required. The ideal candidate will have a true passion for plants and gardening and a positive ‘can-do’ attitude. He/ She will be dog friendly as the owners have 2 Russian Shephard dogs that are in garden. They would also be happy to assist with additional basic tasks such as fencing.

The successful candidate will ideally hold a minimum level 2 horticultural qualification combined with good plant and tree knowledge, excellent technical skills and recent experience working on private estates. You will need to be organised, able to plan and prioritise your work load. PA1/PA6 spray certificates would be an advantage and a full driving licence is essential for the role. The ability to operate and maintain a range of garden machinery is desirable.

SALARY:Up to £30,000 depending on experience

LOCATION:Surrey

JOB No:EC18137

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

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Head of Gardens and Grounds

A rare and exciting opportunity has become available for a Head of Gardens and Grounds to join an incredible private estate that is going through a monumental restoration of the buildings, gardens and grounds. The position is a full time and permanent role and is based in Surrey.

The 500-acre grounds are entirely new, based loosely on the historic gardens that were lost in the 1960’s. Currently in the plan phase, the grounds are being designed to consist of garden areas. A few of those areas are as follows; Forecourt with formal parterre planting beds with hedges and a topiary yew centrepiece surrounded by close cut formal lawns. These beds are intended to have a changing display of bulbs and annual flowering plants to provide year-round interest and will require careful maintenance and regular replanting with the gardeners either ordering in or propagating and growing on the required plants. The grotto entrance will be surrounded by mostly coniferous trees planted to create woodland clump when viewed from the park. Shrub and herbaceous planting above the grotto to frame the sculpture/urn here. The garden walk will be an elegant repeat of shrub and herbaceous ground including planting around the outsides of the garden terrace. The Southern walk becomes part of the Garden terrace with a seat looking back towards the south wing.

The Kitchen Terrace and Pool Terrace planting will be in entirely in large timber planters. Small clipped standard trees surrounded with seasonal annuals. Both terraces will have the same layout, but the Pool terrace is in the shade of the house for much of the day whereas the Kitchen Terrace is mostly in full sunlight. The walled garden will be divided into a quartered layout with a gravel paths on the cross axis and around the perimeter walls. The central area will be a simple meadow and fruit trees with feature arbours in each quadrant. A new ¾ glasshouse will be built to accommodate retained vines. The glasshouse backs onto the potting sheds and there is water and power to the glass house. Heating is by electric heaters set into the retained heating trench. A working area with compost/ bulk materials storage ‘bins’ will be created and fruit cages and a small area of growing beds for cut flowers or similar. Other areas include the summer garden, spring and autumn woodland garden, lake walk with several planting areas on the terraces sloping down to lake, cascade steps, Japanese garden and arboretum woodland which will be a low maintenance area.

The owners are seeking a Head of Gardens and Grounds to join during the in the early stages of the project to play a key role in the design, implementation and future running of the gardens and grounds. He / She will report into and work closely with Estate Manager as well as liaising and working directly with landscape architects during the set-up phase and intermittently. The landscape architects will provide a design guide and management plan for the gardens explaining the design concepts, long term aspirations and maintenance requirements for each area. During set up phase, the Head of Gardens and Grounds will work with the Estate Manager to recruit a team of suitable gardeners and grounds staff, procure all garden equipment and machinery and implement and oversee all the projects onsite.

The anticipated date for the project completion is April / June 2021 and the family will take residence then. The Head of Gardens and Grounds will implement very high horticultural standards across all the estate gardens, grounds, lakes and golf area.  The successful applicant will carry out day to day management of garden and grounds staff, maintain records, order and control supplies, oversee maintenance of estate machinery, manage and maintain the estate’s water and irrigation system, implement changes and seasonal requirements and assist the estate manager with any ad-hoc tasks.

Applicants will be highly experienced, skilled and professional horticulturalist with excellent plant and tree knowledge. The ideal candidate will be a qualified Horticulturalist with a minimum of 10 years’ relevant experience, supported by evidence of the innovative development and implementation of programs of work and long-term garden planning. He / She will have experience working in a similar setting from garden conception through to project implementation and estate operation and management. They will have an eye for enhancing open spaces with attractive planting regimes. Good verbal communication skills and a positive attitude are essential.

The position is a 5-day working week but may vary when family are in residence or through busy periods. The salary provided is £45,000 – £50,000 with accommodation. The accommodation provided is a two- or three-bedroom cottage onsite with council tax, water and electricity bills paid by the employer. A discretionary bonus is provided as well as healthcare cover and Pension.

This is a fantastic opportunity for a Head of Garden and Grounds to create a lasting legacy creating, developing and maintaining the estate with the highest standards.

SALARY: £45,000 – £50,000 depending on experience

LOCATION:  Surrey

JOB No: EC17327

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

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Sole Gardener

Sole Gardener required

A fantastic lifestyle opportunity has arisen near Bramley in Surrey, for a skilled and creative gardener to join a welcoming family on their estate on a live-in basis, and to help with the ongoing development of their garden.  This role would suit well-rounded estate gardener with strong horticultural knowledge and associated academic qualifications.  The full-time permanent position is offered with a generous salary and a spacious one-bedroom flat on site.  A full and cleared criminal background check (DBS/CRB) is required of all applicants.

The property is situated in an idyllic valley in the Surrey Hills and comprises approximately 20-acres overall, inclusive of surrounding fields and woodland.  The family took ownership of the former equine estate less than two years ago and are gradually working towards developing a varied and beautiful garden.  The successful applicant will therefore play a key part in the owners’ desire to undertake a new project each year, with their creative flare and horticultural experience being drawn upon at every opportunity.

The gardens are at various stages of development in terms of planting and design, though large areas are complete and include mixed beds/borders, shrubberies, specimen trees, an orchard with approximately 50 fruit trees, a formal kitchen garden, wild flower meadow areas, a pond with approximately 50 fish as well as waterlilies and surrounding planting, and a swimming pool within a walled garden.  The gardens are framed by native mature woodland which play host to three rare breed pigs, with one section having been recently cleared and planted with various species including 400 foxgloves.  The fields are grazed by sheep, and large trees will be planted in the fields in the near future.  A local Bee expert looks after six hives within an acre of borage.  Machinery on site consists of a 3-tonne digger, a tracked dumper, quad bike, a large ride-on mower, trailers and a range of hand-held garden machinery and tools.  The Sole Gardener will have use of a Land Rover Defender where the need arises and as such, a full driving licence is essential.

Applicants for this role should hold an academic horticultural qualification, ideally at Level 3 or above, with strong plant knowledge and several years’ experience in gardening positions of responsibility on diverse private estates.  Physical fitness and a genuine ‘can-do’ attitude are required alongside competence with general garden machinery.  Experience with chainsaws and chemical spray applicators is desired, though otherwise suitable applicants will not be discounted.  The garden is largely run organically so candidates must have an understanding of organic plant pest and disease management methodologies.  This role offers an opportunity to showcase creative skill and as such, those with a keen eye for plant use and garden design are encouraged to apply.

As this is a live-in Sole Gardener role on a diverse and developing estate, the successful applicant will be asked to remain on site when the family are on holiday in order to provide general security for the property.  Other non-horticultural duties include assisting the owner with moving logs/firewood, checking the Chlorine levels in the pool once per week and the occasional airport drop-off (approximately four times per year).

This role is offered with a spacious one-bedroom flat located within the property and separate from the main house.  The property would suit a single person or couple but is unfortunately not suitable to accommodate children.  Pets will be considered within reason.  The flat is approximately 600m2 and will be refurbished in time for the new gardener to commence work.  The flat is an old oak barn with expansive views along the valley in which the estate sits.  All bills are covered by the employer, including a 500mbps internet connection and VOIP telephone, all utilities, rent and Council tax.  The flat has no garden of its own but the owner is happy to allocate a portion of the field so that the successful applicant can create their own outdoor space if desired.

This is an excellent opportunity for a skilled, qualified and well-rounded estate gardener to take on a new and ongoing project on a stunning private estate alongside a very welcoming and creative family.  A full and cleared criminal background check is required of all applicants.

SALARY:       £25,000 – £30,000 DOE

LOCATION:  Bramley, Surrey

JOB No:          EC14322

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

Sole Gardener required

An excellent opportunity has arisen on a beautiful privately owned arts and crafts garden in Surrey.  The partially designed Gertrude Jekyll garden sits within half a mile of the local train station and beside SSSI woodland.

The formal privately-owned garden is listed and has featured in garden literature over the last 100 years, though it is not currently open to the public.  The property owner contributes on an ad hoc basis when time allows and is now in need of a new Sole Gardener, following the amicable departure of the previous incumbent after 7-years’ service.

The formal gardens encompass 6 acres with a further 5 acres of SSSI woodland.  The gardens have been restored in part to their original structure over the past 20-years and comprise a stunning sunken garden with octagonal lily pond, a walled winter garden, a lime walk and a circular garden with shrubbery.  An original rose garden of one acre, which had fallen into disrepair under previous ownership, has been redesigned by Simon Dorrell and is now fully established.  The gardens contain extensive yew and some box hedging with some topiary, several lawns, herbaceous borders, shrubberies, orchard, three ponds, mature trees and numerous architectural features including bargate walls.  The grounds also include a large greenhouse, cold frames, a potting shed, a workshop, a garden yard and various outbuildings.  The woodland (which was originally a hazel coppice) slopes steeply down to a river approximately 80-metres below the property.  A management plan has been agreed in conjunction with Natural England, the implementation of which has been underway for several years.

The successful applicant will have demonstrable experience of managing large private gardens on their own and of maintaining high standards.  Help may be brought in where necessary, i.e. in response to seasonal demands.  Applicants must hold an academic horticultural qualification(s) at Level 2 or above, excellent plant knowledge and physical fitness, competency with the operation and basic maintenance of garden machinery as well as excellent time management skills and self-motivation.

This is an excellent opportunity for a local candidate to join a friendly and welcoming estate and manage a stunning arts and crafts garden autonomously.  The position will suit a physically fit and knowledgeable gardener with excellent time management skills and an ability to prioritise their workload.  Applicants need not possess a driving licence for the role, but should be living within a reasonable commuting distance.

SALARY:        £30,000 – £35,000 DOE

LOCATION:  Godalming, Surrey

JOB No:          EC10793

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

An excellent opportunity has arisen on a private estate close to Haslemere in Surrey, for an experienced Senior or Head Gardener to manage two assistants and the 10-acre garden.  This role would suit a qualified gardener with a well-rounded skill set and experience of managing garden staff or volunteers.

The mature 10-acre private garden is situated approximately 1.5-miles from Haslemere train station and comprises expansive lawns and a tennis court, large herbaceous borders, a wildlife pond and associated planting, a collection of rhododendron, azalea and camellia, and an impressive collection of mature native and exotic trees including a pinetum and surrounding woodland and paddocks.  A greenhouse is used for plant propagation at times, though there is no kitchen garden on the property.

Applicants for this position should be willing and able to contribute to general estate tasks such as checking the property perimeter/boundaries for fallen trees, necessary repairs work to gates, fences and walls etc. as well as general estate tasks such as cutting logs for the fire (chainsaw operation), checking gutters and drainage.  The ideal candidate will therefore be well-versed in private estate garden management at Senior/Head or Sole Gardener level and will be able to manage assistant gardeners with diplomacy and respect.  Good plant knowledge/identification skills are essential and an academic horticultural qualification at level 3 or above is expected, as are chemical spray certificates (PA1/PA6) and a chainsaw licence (CS30/31) or similar.  Good physical fitness is essential as this is a hands-on, full-time permanent position.  The Head Gardener must be experienced in the safe operation and basic maintenance of garden machinery and must hold a full UK driving licence.

Applicants for this position should have experience in each of the above areas and must be flexible and helpful in their approach to private estate gardening.  Working hours are Monday to Friday, 08:00 – 17:00 with a 1-hour lunch break.  The position is offered with 20-days holiday per annum plus Bank Holidays.  Candidates will ideally live within commuting distance of the property as accommodation is not provided.

SALARY:       £32,000 – £35,000 DOE

LOCATION:  Haslemere, Surrey

JOB No:          EC10765

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 opportunity has arisen for a Sole Gardener for a private estate in Surrey.  You will have full responsibility and must have the confidence to care and maintain the estate.  This is currently set out as four acres of formal gardens, including an orchard.  The remainder is twelve acres of fields and woodland.

You should be physically fit, self-motivated and happy to work with minimal supervision.  The owners appreciate that during the main growing season, additional support in the garden may be needed and would support the use of part-time/contractual workers to maintain hedges and help with grass cutting.

General duties include all aspects of seasonal garden care and maintenance of the formal gardens, including weeding, fertilizing and the division of plants as and when needed.  The family like to see a long flowering season and ideally would like their gardener to be pro-active and make suggestions to them to add colour and interest.  They would support their gardener to grow plants from seed or propagate.  They enjoy seeing traditional flowers, roses and shrubs around the house.  The formal lawns and beds surrounding the house need to be maintained to a high level at all times.

There are also numerous trees surrounding the gardens and the paths/driveway to the house.  A candidate with a chainsaw qualification would be beneficial to do the low maintenance tree work.  Any larger work would be completed by a qualified arborist in conjunction with the council in relation to protected trees.  It would be the gardener’s responsibility to arrange this.

You must have competence in the safe operation of common garden machinery.  You would also be responsible to ensure all machinery is kept in good working order and serviced as necessary.

There is the flexibility of the position being live in with accommodation provided.

Applicants must be loyal and trustworthy.  A full job description would be given at interview.

If this Sole Gardener vacancy is of interest please apply attaching your full CV.

Assistant Gardener

Assistant Gardener / Horticulturist.

The position of Assistant Gardener has now become available working alongside the Head Gardener and contractors at a large private Garden near Mickleham in Surrey.

We are looking to recruit a keen experienced gardener with a good level of physical fitness to maintain and develop this private estate garden.  The garden has a long history and many features of interest. Extensive lawns, Arboretum, woodland, meadows, herbaceous borders and a productive small walled kitchen garden growing fruit and vegetables for the family. A glasshouse is used for growing all plant material in house and a large Rock garden is, at the moment, being restored and planted.

Working alongside the Head Gardener the successful candidate will be involved with all gardening tasks.

Experience in the operation of a wide range of machinery is essential including the use of ride on mowers, tractors, strimmers, brush cutters and pedestrian equipment.
Working as part of a team and on your own when required is essential including covering the Head Gardeners role during holidays.

A minimum experience of 2-3 years in horticulture is required along with a suitable qualification at RHS level 2 or equivalent.
PA1 / 6 spray certificates and certification in chainsaw operation would be desirable. Full training will be given to the right candidate including basic First Aid, Fire and Security training

The position is full time 0800-16.30pm Monday – Friday with some weekend watering required on a rota basis during the summer.
Applicants should have a Full UK driving license and their own transport as the garden is situated in a rural location.

Working on this private family estate gives a great opportunity to the right candidate to develop their horticultural skills in one of Surrey’s most beautiful locations.

Please apply including a cover letter and curriculum vitae for the attention of the Head Gardener.

Sole Gardener

An idyllic vacancy has arisen for an experienced and skilled Sole Gardener to take ownership of a stunning Luytens style garden near Windlesham in Surrey.  This position would suit an energetic and knowledgeable plants person with a creative eye.

The 3.5-acre garden comprises expansive areas of lawn which back directly onto a golf course, giving a delightful backdrop to the garden.  Two long beds are located in the main lawn: one herbaceous and one containing primarily azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons.  There are additional beds bordering the house which are planted out each Spring.  A large patio area with a sunken pond stocked with Coy and water plants.  Climber plants such as roses, wisteria, jasmine and ivy are planted all around the house and require appropriate species-specific pruning and maintenance.  A glasshouse is used for plant propagation and growing and will require management by the successful applicant.  The garden also contains a cutting flower area and fruit trees; apples, pear, plum and damson.

The Sole Gardener will play a key role in the ongoing development of the gardens, alongside the owners.  General duties will include all aspects of seasonal garden care and ornamental horticulture as well as lawn maintenance, operation and basic maintenance of garden machinery, pruning of the above species and any other horticultural duties that may arise.  There is considerable scope for development of the garden and the owners are open to new ideas.  As such, applicants should have a keen eye for basic design and associated plant use.

The ideal candidate for this role will be knowledgeable and experienced at Skilled/Sole/Senior level and will preferably hold academic horticultural qualifications at Level 3 or above.  Demonstrable skill and experience in pruning is essential, as is excellent knowledge of garden management, good time management skills and excellent attention to detail.  Applicants must be loyal and be trustworthy, self-motivated and interested in assisting with ongoing development of the garden through discussions with the owner, who takes an active interest in the garden.  Some flexibility in hours will be considered but will be based around 08:00 – 16:00, Monday to Friday.

SALARY:       £30,000 – £35,000 DOE

LOCATION:  Windlesham, Surrey

JOB No:          EC6823

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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Maintenance Gardener

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Maintenance Gardener to join a very well-respected award-winning company on a permanent basis. The company has been responsible for numerous very high-profile projects and sites for many years and are now looking to add to the team on one such site near Woking, Surrey.  The company are offering an hourly rate of £10.80 with time and a half on Saturdays and double time on Sundays.  A free bus from Woking station and Datchet is offered to employees, if required, to the site in question.

The high-profile commercial site comprises primarily of lawn and hedges, with some beds/borders and young to mature trees.  The job role will involve mowing, weeding, hedge cutting, spraying and using a range of garden machinery.

The following will be expected of the successful candidate:

  • Routine maintenance of the site to a high standard, alongside the existing team.
  • Working to contractual procedures to ensure compliance with maintenance guidelines.
  • Demonstrate a high level of detail and motivation with a strong work ethic and ability to work well as part of a team.

Applicants must possess the following:

  • Basic horticultural knowledge including the ability to visually identify weeds.
  • Excellent practical skills in all areas of garden maintenance including the use of petrol-powered garden machinery.
  • Good physical fitness and an ability to follow instruction where necessary.
  • A CSCS Card and PA1/PA6 spraying licence are desirable, though training can be provided if necessary.

This is an excellent opportunity to join one of the most respected and established firms in their field on a full-time permanent basis.  Candidates must prove eligibility to work in the UK.  Strict security checks will be undertaken prior to employment.

SALARY:       Circa £22,464 + overtime and travel expenses.

LOCATION:  Woking, Surrey

JOB No:          EC6876          

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

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Sole Gardener

A Sole gardener is sought after for an award-winning beautiful private garden in rural Surrey. The owners have carried out extensive work on the gardens over recent years and are now looking to recruit an experienced gardener/horticulturalist with the skills and knowledge to maintain the gardens to a high horticultural standard.

The grounds which are approximately 5 acres consist of a small woodland and paddock plus about 2 acres of formal garden. There is a large walled garden with pond as well as a tennis court, orchard, fruit cages, kitchen garden, lawns and terrace, swimming pool plus two greenhouses; a large Victorian glasshouse and a newly purchased glasshouse. There are a number of herbaceous borders and shrubberies and the gardens are maintained organically.

The successful candidate will work closely with the owners and will have good all-round craft gardening skills coupled with excellent plant knowledge to manage the gardens. Applicants should ideally have a minimum level 2 horticultural qualification, a good understanding of organic methods and previous experience working on private estates.  Experience growing fruit and vegetables would be an advantage and he / she should be familiar with the safe use and routine maintenance of most types of garden machinery.

There is a small newly refurbished 2-bedroom cottage available if required which has lovely views to the North Downs as well as its own small garden. Due to its size, the property would probably only be suitable for a single person or couple without children.

The location of the property is rural therefore it is essential that candidates have a full driving licence and have their own transport.

SALARY:        £25,000-£28,000 depending on experience

LOCATION:   Surrey

JOB No:          EC5156

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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Sole Gardener – This position has now been filled

Sole Gardener required

An experienced multi-skilled estate gardener is required to maintain and develop a beautiful private garden near Guildford in Surrey, on behalf of a welcoming and appreciative family.  Applications are sought from qualified professionals with experience of managing private estate gardens autonomously, to a high standard.  A generous salary and pension contributions are offered in return for commitment to the garden, attention to detail and a positive friendly character.

The stunning 15th century rurally located property overlooks a large lake and is backed by mature woodland and open grassland.  With a view over the Surrey Hills, the three-acre formal garden comprise expansive lawns, formal and mixed herbaceous beds/borders, wildflower slopes, shrubberies, fruit trees, yew and box topiary, climbing roses, hedges, mature specimen trees, as well as a sun garden, swimming pool and a tennis court.

The ideal candidate will be academically qualified to Level 2 (or above) with at least five years’ experience of managing private estate gardens as a Sole or Skilled Gardener and/or equivalent relevant experience.  Applicants should be physically fit hands-on gardeners with experience of managing small garden budgets and their own time efficiently.  Competence in the operation and basic maintenance of a wide range of garden machinery is essential, as is good plant knowledge and that of seasonal garden management.  Applicants should have experience with plant propagation, correct species-specific pruning techniques (wisteria, roses, young trees etc.), identification and treatment of plant pests and diseases, lawn care (scarifying, aerating, seeding, weed/feed application etc.), as well as an ability and willingness to carry out other associated estate duties as they arise.  Spray certificates (PA1/6) Chainsaw license (CS30/31) are desirable but not essential.  The Sole Gardener will be responsible for ensuring the security arrangements for garden buildings and stores are observed at all times.

Candidates with an open, positive approach to estate gardening are sought, as there will be some additional, relatively infrequent duties required of the successful candidate to ensure the smooth running of the estate.  Such duties may include preparing the garden/grounds for spring and winter, i.e. storage and treatment of garden furniture and equipment, the moving of furniture for events as necessary, basic maintenance/cleaning of guttering, outdoor buildings, lighting etc., restocking of the log store and baskets in the house when necessary, taking out bins for collection, visits to the local refuse centre when required.  The Sole Gardener will also be responsible for basic regular pool maintenance, i.e. checking the ph. levels, backwashing etc.  The successful applicants will need to be comfortable around the family dog and be willing to help with hens.  Candidates must be willing and able to source contractors on an ad-hoc basis, when necessary, for projects such as larger clearances, tree work, larger fencing projects, water storage systems etc.  The property owner will work directly with the successful candidate with a view to purchasing additional tools and machinery that is deemed necessary to fulfil the job role efficiently.

This is an excellent opportunity to join a welcoming family of five (and a housekeeper) on their stunning private estate on a full-time permanent basis.  A flexible, positive and helpful attitude is desired as is a conscientious, pro-active, hardworking and reliable approach.  Good communication skills are key as the Sole Gardener will be happy to take general direction at times from either principal in relation to the overall vision for the garden.  Applicants should be able to liaise with contractors as needed, and most of all, be loyal and honest at all times in order to maintain the happy working environment which is so important to the property owners.

Working hours will comprise 40-hours per week; Monday – Friday (approx. 8am start), with no weekend working unless specifically required.  Holiday entitlement includes 28-days (including Bank Holidays).  A full UK driving licence and your own transport is required for this role as the property is located rurally.

SALARY:       £27,000 – £30,000 DOE

LOCATION:  Bramley, Surrey

JOB No:          EC7048

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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Gardener – Live Out

A fantastic opportunity has arisen for a passionate and enthusiastic hands-on gardener to assist in the continuing maintenance and restoration of a beautiful English landscape garden in Surrey.

Our client is Grade 1 eighteenth century landscape garden of great importance. The garden is set in a wooded valley and covers 158 acres with a serpentine lake, a Chinese bridge, a walled garden, vineyard, ruined abbey, a Turkish tent and a remarkable grotto. The restoration of the garden began in the 1980’s with the aim to restore this “living work of art” and now is enjoyed by the public.

As a hands-on Gardener, you’ll assist in making sure that the garden and surroundings are maintained to a high standard. You’ll become driven, passionate and knowledgeable about the varied plants within the garden and its significant position within history. This role will include a range of practical horticultural tasks to develop, enhance and conserve the garden and contribute to the delivery of projects. You’ll be helping with hard and soft landscaping and general maintenance of the garden, such as mulching, pruning, leaf clearing and weeding. You’ll support with the planting and maintenance of vegetables, vines, annuals, trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants.

As a member of the team you’ll also support garden volunteers/students and help them to make the most of their time here. You’ll be expected to interact with the public on a daily basis, answering questions and passing the time of day. Helping out with gardening workshops, tours and the setting up/take down of events when needed.

The ideal candidate will have good plant knowledge and have a minimum of 3 years practical experience, ideally on a historic garden. A horticultural qualification is beneficial but not essential, and spray certificates (PA1/PA6) and chainsaw certificates would be an advantage.  Candidates must be presentable, positive in their approach and comfortable with participating in garden activities, events and interaction with visitors. Candidates should be aware of the physical nature of the position, and of the requirement to work in all weather conditions.  This post also requires the use of garden machinery and may involve some working at heights.

SALARY:       £18,750

LOCATION:  Surrey

JOB No:          EC7748

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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