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JOB Ref: EC37442

Sole Gardener

  • Full Time Live In Live Out
  • £35,000 – £40,000 DOE
  • West Sussex

An enthusiastic and passionate Sole Gardener is sought on a full-time permanent basis to maintain and continue to enhance a beautiful private estate near Haywards Heath in West Sussex.

The 3-acre formal garden surrounding the house is made up of multiple areas with traditional lawns, perennial borders, rose garden, Mediterranean courtyard, mixed beds, borders and shrubs, and a productive walled garden including raised beds, pergola walkway, water feature and glasshouse for propagation and growing. The garden is part of a 300-acre estate of arable fields, mixed woodlands and a 10-hectare vineyard.

The owners have lived at the property for the past 7 years and now seek a driven and energetic Sole Gardener to bring the gardens and grounds up to their full potential. This is an exciting opportunity as the owners work closely with the Sussex Wildlife Trust and take a progressive approach to conservation through rewilding. The gardener will have an interest in the wider estate and the willingness to take part in various estate projects and liaise with outside contractors if required. There is also opportunity for the Sole Gardener to recruit an assistant gardener in the future.

Applicants must be experienced and knowledgeable gardeners, ideally with a recognised horticultural qualification and previous experience working in a similar role as Sole / Skilled Gardener on a private estate. A good knowledge of plants and a broad range of technical skills will be required as well as a desire and ability to work to a high standard. Flexibility is important as well as a good understanding of the seasons.

It is important that applicants are enthusiastic and self-motivated and able to work on their own initiative. Applicants should have a range of practical skills and have the ability to use a range of garden machinery and carry out basic maintenance. Experience with organic practices would be an advantage and a PA1 spray certificate and a chainsaw certificate is desirable but not essential for the role. A driving licence is essential.

If required, accommodation may be available for the successful applicant as part of a package. It is a two-bedroom flat that would ideally suit someone single or a couple. Council tax is covered by the employer with all other bills to be managed by the tenant.

SALARY:        £35,000 – 40,000 depending on experience     

LOCATION: Near Haywards Heath, West Sussex

JOB No:          EC37442

If this Sole Gardener vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Sara Yassin on 01233 733510 or

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Tagged as: Live In, Live Out, Sole Gardener

Recruitment Specialist Sara Yassin