Head Gardener required
An incredible and rare opportunity has become available for a Head of Estates and Landscapes to be responsible for the care and development of the garden areas and the continuous smooth running of a beautiful English landscape garden in Surrey.
Our client is a Grade I listed 18th century landscape garden of international renown, attracting over 250,000 visitors a year. Inspired by landscape paintings and the Grand Tour through Europe, 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. The garden is set in a wooded valley and covers 158 acres with dramatic follies, calming waters and simply stunning views.
The Head of Estates and Landscapes will manage the garden to ensure it is maintained and developed to the highest horticultural standards in accordance with the masterplan and conservation management plan as agreed. As part of the property team, the post holder will promote the visitor experience within the gardens. This role involves line management responsibilities for the supervision and training of staff, students and volunteers. The Head of Estates and Landscapes will be expected to take the lead with administrative responsibilities such as keeping up to date records on Health and Safety, machinery records, plant data base information, training records, COSH assessments and relevant other records for the effective management of the estate.
The successful candidate will be an excellent collaborator / leader as they will be part of the leadership team managing a team of 6 full time staff and over volunteers. They will also enjoy a hands-on approach with the team and be confident in giving presentations/talks to groups. Applicants should have a National Diploma, NDH or HND in Amenity Horticulture or NVQ Level 2/3 (or equivalent) as well as practical gardening/horticultural experience. An understanding of the importance pf the spirit of place in maintaining and developing a historic garden and be committed to climate-conscious and sustainable gardening is important. As is, the ability to produce and implement garden maintenance and planting plan for the estate. A good degree of plant knowledge is required as well as the ability to keep accurate records. A full driving licence & tractor licence is essential.
It is desirable that candidates have experience of being involved in garden restoration projects and holds (or is happy to obtain within a 6-month period of starting; spray certificates and first aid at work certificate).
A beautiful 3-bedroom (on two floors) grade I listed cottage within the grounds is provided as part of the package for the successful applicant at a reduced rental fee. Partners, children and pets are welcome.
This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced Head Gardener or Head of Gardens with a desire to work in a piece of English history.
SALARY: £37,000 – £40,000 depending on experience plus accommodation
JOB No: EC44094
If this Head Gardener vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Sara Yassin on 01233 733510 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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