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  • Full Time PRIVATE AD
  • Circa £28,000 DOE
  • London

Gardener required

An exciting opportunity to join our 12 strong Gardens Team, set within the Grounds Department, at the Hurlingham Club. Each member of our gardens team has a wealth of skill and horticultural knowledge which they put to good use within our 42-acre Estate. Our overall aim is to provide the highest standard of horticultural practice across all aspects of our role and assimilate sustainable and ecologically positive practices within our daily routines.

Within the estate we have a range of planting styles, including an herbaceous border, formal rose beds and bedding, woodland, mixed borders, an exotic border, an historical English garden and a 2-acre lake with lakeside planting.

Situated in beautiful, landscaped grounds adjacent to the River Thames in Fulham, The Hurlingham Club is recognised as one of the world’s finest private member clubs. Since its opening in 1869, The Hurlingham Club’s gardens, croquet and tennis lawns and stately Georgian Clubhouse have made it a sought-after destination for exclusive sporting and social activities.

The Role

As part of our gardens team, you will be presented with many opportunities for PD as well as working closely with a team of horticulturalists and industry professionals on a wide range of estate gardening practices. Hedging, habitat and woodland management, planting, meadow management, pruning and water conservation are a few of the topics our gardeners cover, as well as an understanding of IPM controls and irrigation systems.

The successful applicant will be given their own area of responsibility to maintain and develop. They will be expected to work on their own, in small groups and with the whole team on specific projects. They will need to use their initiative to enhance the plants under their care and utilise their skills for the benefit of the gardens and team. With an area of responsibility, each gardener must demonstrate good time management skills in which they can balance the demands of their areas with the ongoing, seasonal team tasks they will be
involved in.

Working Schedule

As Gardener you will work a 39-hour week, plus regular weekend overtime – one in three weekend mornings.

The Candidate

We are looking for a highly motivated individual who is experienced with estate horticulture and who has a high level of professionalism and horticultural knowledge. A specialism with aquatics, roses, exotics or indoor plants is desirable but not essential. An RHS Level 2 or equivalent qualification is required as well as previous practical experience in the industry, however more practical experience would be an advantage.

Previous experience in tractor driving and operating small machinery, as well as a spraying certificate PA1/6 would also be beneficial to any applicant, but not essential.

We offer a substantial and varied schedule of training including but not limited to in-house workshops, webinars, practical machinery training, garden visits and horticultural placements.

All uniform and all-weather clothing is provided free, as well as a free onsite canteen and onsite parking, as part of a wider employee benefits package.

Candidates must embody our Club values; excellence, responsibility and courtesy, have the ability to work under pressure and be friendly, polite and diplomatic.

Core Benefits

Benefits include:

  • 31 days’ annual leave (inclusive of 8 Bank Holidays) rising to 36 after five years’ service.
  • Generous contributory pension.
  • Life assurance, group income protection and an enhanced sick pay scheme.
  • Opportunities for training, development, and progression.
  • Annual bonus scheme and annual performance pay review.
  • Staff social events, free meals on duty and free onsite parking.

The Hurlingham Club is passionate about creating an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity.

Please note that, due to the high volume of applications we receive, if you do not hear from us within four weeks then unfortunately you were not successful in your application on this occasion.

This private advert is being managed directly by the employer. English Country Gardeners are not involved in the hiring process and are therefore unable to share any additional information on this role. If you have any questions regarding this position, the best course of action is to apply for the job which will open a line of communication with the employer.

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The Hurlingham Club