A Sole Gardener is sought after to manage and maintain a beautiful 24-acre estate situated in North Hertfordshire. The grounds comprise 12 acres of paddocks plus formal garden and waterways / ancient moat. The formal gardens consist of lawns, shrubberies, borders, hedging, green house, large patio with pots and planters. There is also a vegetable garden, fruit cage and orchard, plus a shared driveway with trees and grassed areas. The owners have a donkey sanctuary for rescue donkeys on the estate and keep a number of chickens, geese, sheep and pigs.
The ideal candidate will be an experienced gardener who has excellent practical skills in all aspects of craft gardening and is able to maintain the garden and grounds to a high standard. The owners are keen to find someone who is able to use their initiative and has the skills, knowledge and enthusiasm to work closely with them in helping to develop certain aspects of the garden.
The person appointed will be a team player and have a flexible approach to their duties as they will occasionally be required to look after the livestock and assist in the donkey sanctuary, as well as being available for occasional security duties if the owners are away.
The sole gardener will have good knowledge of plants and garden practices. Experience in vegetable and fruit production and propagation work would be an advantage. He / She will have experience using a range of garden machinery as well as drive a tractor with attachments. Chainsaw certification (CS30/31) and spray certificates (PA1/PA6) are desirable is not essential. Due to its rural location, it is important that applicants have a current driving licence with own transport.
The position offers a great opportunity to have a significant impact on the garden and grounds.
SALARY: Circa 28,000 depending on experience
JOB No: EC27803
If this Sole Gardener vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Sara Yassin on 01233 733510 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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