A full time driven and experienced gardener is sought after to manage a stunning 20-acre private garden in the Sevenoaks District of Kent.
Set in 2500 acres of outstanding natural beauty in the Kent Downs, the majority of the land is for live-stock and arable farming. Seated within the main garden is a grade 1 listed house built in 1680. The house is set on a terrace with the gardens originally set out in a formal style around the 1700 but have since been landscaped in more natural/romantic style. The garden is presented to a very high standard all year round with bulbs, wildflowers, azaleas rhododendrons, summer flowering herbaceous borders and roses, together with woodland walks. The areas the garden include are Formal parterres/lawns, Flower borders, Topiary, Rockery, Stream, lakeside, wetland area, Woodland garden and a small propagation area, which can be expanded. There is also an aspiration to have cut flowers for the house/restaurant.
The owners are looking for a passionate plantsman/woman who is excited by the possibility of putting their stamp on the garden. The successful candidate will be self-motivated and able to come up with ideas and their proposed work schedule in weekly meetings with open-minded owners. The role will include management of a part-time groundsman who maintains the grass and woodland garden.
As the garden is varied, the candidate will need to be versatile and have a broad knowledge. Ideally, the gardener will have a recognised horticultural qualification and previous experience working in a similar role on a private estate. Excellent knowledge of plants and a broad range of technical skills will be required as well as a desire and ability to work to a high standard. It is important that applicants are enthusiastic and able to work on their own initiative. Candidates should have the ability to carry out basic maintenance on a wide variety of garden machinery. PA1 & PA6 spraying certificates and chainsaw certificates are also desirable.
The garden has a rich history and the successful candidate will be somebody who is going to breathe new life and love into the garden to take it forward with this generation of owners.
Accommodation is provided for the successful candidate. Family and pets are welcome.
SALARY: Circa £28,000 depending on experience
LOCATION: Sevenoaks District of Ken
JOB No: EC3162
If this Experienced Gardener vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Sara Yassin on 01233 733510 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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