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JOB Ref: EC19394

Experienced Gardener

  • Full Time Live In Live Out
  • £22,000-£26,000 DOE
  • Norfolk

A very attractive opportunity has arisen for an experienced gardener on a beautiful private garden in central Norfolk on a live in or out, permanent basis.  The successful applicant will work alongside the owners and existing full-time Groundsman.  Applicants for this vacancy must have extensive hands-on experience working in a large private garden with comprehensive knowledge of a range of garden plants and their maintenance.  Applicants must above all be hardworking and physically fit, with the willingness to contribute to the smooth running and development of the garden and estate.

The five-acre formal gardens contain herbaceous borders, shrub borders, a kitchen garden with fruit trees (including pleached limes) and extensive yew & beech hedges.  The estate utilises the greenhouses and tunnels on site to propagate most of their own plants for the borders and pots, as well as some fruit and select vegetables, cut flowers and interesting plants for the main house.

The garden is surrounded by a ten-acre arboretum and farm.  The Experienced Gardener should be competent with the operation and basic maintenance of garden machinery and be willing to assist the Groundsman as required.  Applicants must be willing and able to carry out all aspects of estate gardening including pruning (some from ladders), hedge cutting, some plant propagation, planting, weeding, grass mowing and general garden maintenance duties.  Possession of spray certificates (PA1/PA6) and a chainsaw certificate would be beneficial, and a full UK driving licence essential.  Applicants must be physically fit, non-smokers, have excellent horticultural knowledge, and preferably, academic horticultural qualifications at RHS level 2 or above as well as being someone with a love of gardening who takes pride in their work.

Applicants must be flexible insofar as estate gardening is concerned, i.e. be able to manage/assist with common minor estate duties, able to work autonomously and be willing to do some watering at weekends.  The opportunity exists for a housekeeper to take on some part-time work and as such, suitable couples are also encouraged to apply.

A three-bedroom house is available (strictly no smoking) for the successful applicant (and family if applicable) at a nominal rent of £250 per annum.  The applicant would be expected to pay their own council tax and utilities.  A well-behaved dog is welcome, but cats are not permitted due to the abundant bird population.

SALARY: £22,000 – £26,000 DOE


JOB No:EC19394

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Tagged as: Experienced Gardener, Live In, Live Out

Recruitment Specialist Mark Read