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JOB Ref: EC43663

Senior Gardener

  • Full Time Live Out
  • Circa £30,000 DOE
  • Lancashire

An incredible opportunity has arisen for an experienced, Senior Gardener to become part of the creation and development of a prestigious garden set in the grounds of a large Grade II* listed Georgian house located near Preston; with the objective being to create a new garden of national importance enhancing the setting and architecture of the House which was built in stages starting in the early 1700’s and, coming with it, a rich history. This position is full time and permanent.

Previously being used for commercial use, the current owner purchased the property in 2020 with the view to create a beautiful, private, family home with a 5-to-7-year plan set in place with an expected cost in the region of £15m. They will soon be undergoing extensive restoration and refurbishment using a wide variety of highly skilled teams across the board. For the gardens they have recruited the expertise of a highly accomplished landscape architect and garden designer who has worked on several prestigious projects across the globe. Their unique and distinguished style has won the highest accolades including many Chelsea Flower Show gold medals, some of which awarded best in show.

Set within 16 acres of grounds, the grounds include 3 ancient woodlands which will be preserved as part of the ongoing woodland management plan. The remaining garden will contain a huge range of elements including a reinstated pond with an island teahouse, rose and topiary garden, croquet lawn and tennis court, kitchen and cutting garden with a glasshouse and polytunnels, a formal terrace, deep walled beds, conical topiary, pet cemetery and much more planned.

The ideal candidate will have an eye for detail and a strong interest in getting involved in a large-scale, long-term project and will benefit from a fantastic opportunity to work closely with the garden designer and owner, contributing ideas and installing the designs, whilst putting your stamp on this monumental project. You will be hands on and be responsible for the care and maintenance of the grounds to a high horticultural standard. This would include maintaining the lawns, hedge cutting, pruning, transplanting, weeding, etc. with help from the existing maintenance team available where necessary. Over time the role will evolve and develop into a Head Gardener position with the view to recruit and train a team of up to 3 others.

The successful candidate will hold an academic horticultural qualification, and have experience working on a large-scale, widely recognised, estates that have been open to the public. Excellent plant knowledge, an understanding of health and safety regulations and experience in the use and basic maintenance of hand tools and garden machinery is essential.

This is an exciting opportunity for a senior gardener who is experienced, organised, has good attention for detail and can work on their own initiative.

SALARY:        Circa £30k depending on experience

LOCATION: Preston, Lancashire

JOB No:          EC43663

If this Senior Gardener vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Sophie Sharpe on 01233 733510 or

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Thank you for the interest you have shown in this Senior 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 Senior Gardener vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

Sophie Sharpe