An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Sole Gardener to join the mature garden of a private property located near Grantham, Lincolnshire. After 24 wonderful years within the garden, the current gardener is now looking to retire. Therefore, the owner now requires an experienced gardener with a proven track record of managing a large, high end garden to assist in the ongoing maintenance and development of the garden and grounds to a continued high-standard. This is a full-time permanent position.
The estate covers roughly 40-acres in total with formal features surrounding the main house and two large fields which are rented out to local farmers. The gardens boast a tennis court, football pitch, formal lawns as well as a lake. Other elements include 2 large herbaceous borders, formal hedging and seasonal bedding plants and large pots and urns around the property. There is also a productive kitchen that grows a variety of fruits and vegetables for the main house as well as a cutting garden which is used for creating beautiful planting schemes. The garden is mature and has been professionally maintained therefore the owners are looking for a highly skilled candidate to keep the gardens at a high standard.
Our client seeks an experienced gardener to help maintain the gardens on a year-round basis following the annual calendar. Applicants will possess an academic horticultural qualification, such as RHS level 2 or equivalent, combined with extensive experience working in a similar role. As such, excellent plant knowledge and technical skills are essential for this position with experience in compost management, propagation, spraying, weeding and rejuvenating beds. A self-motivated, organised individual with a self-start attitude and proven track record of managing a large garden, with a strong work ethic, ability to work to their own initiative and willingness to work to consistently high standards are qualities which are essential for this role. Candidates will be flexible and willing to extend their duties where needed. As such, this is a physically demanding position which requires a fit and strong individual who is comfortable working in all weathers.
General gardening duties will include but are not limited to fine lawn care, pruning, propagating, weeding, topiary management, edging and hedge cutting. The owner is passionate about their garden and want to keep them to an immaculate standard Imagination, flare and an appreciation of textures, colours and sequential bloom will be required for driving the gardens forward. Experience in the use and maintenance of a wide range of gardening machinery as well as PA1 and PA6 spraying certificates, and a chainsaw certification are desirable for this position. The house is equipped with machinery, which the gardener should be capable of maintaining between services.
As Sole Gardener, there will be a requirement for additional duties to be carried out within the estate which will include but are not limited to gutter clearance and painting, pressure washing, fence repairs, path & driveway clearance and car cleaning. Other duties will include the occasional collection/delivery of vehicles to locations prior to the owners arrival. Such vehicles may also require delivery for servicing.
The owners divide their time between properties and there may be times duties cannot be carried out due to the owners requiring family privacy; however, the Sole Gardener will be given a schedule of visits and consulted on this matter. Please note, the successful candidate with be offered subject to a and DBS check. Candidates will also need to hold a full driver’s licence due to the remote location of the property.
SALARY: Up to £35,000 depending on experience
JOB No: EC61570
If this Sole Gardener vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Sophie Sharpe on 01233 733510 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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