Head Gardener / Groundskeeper
Head Gardener / Groundskeeper required
An excellent opportunity has arisen on a private estate close to Banbury, Oxfordshire for an experienced gardener / groundskeeper to manage and maintain the beautiful gardens.
The private gardens consist of paddocks, mature and young trees, topiary, fruit trees, mixed borders, vegetable garden and extensive lawns. Typical duties will include, but not be limited to; general garden maintenance and management of all plantings, seasonal bulb / vegetable planting, pruning of shrubs, plants and topiary, lawn mowing and border edging, hedge cutting, weeding, watering & irrigation and pest and disease control.
Additional responsibilities will include assisting with household / estate maintenance such as maintenance of the drives, paths, drains, estate fencing and garden furniture. The successful candidate will have a junior gardener working with you to assist at your direction.
This role would suit a hands-on and driven gardener with a well-rounded skill set. The ideal candidate will be friendly, self-motivated and have a positive attitude. They will have previous experience working on an estate, maintaining the gardens and managing the grounds. Working to a high standard and being reliable and flexible in your approach is essential.
At 5 days per week, good physical fitness is a must as this is a hands-on, full-time position.
Applicants will need to have a minimum level 2 horticultural qualification for the role, spray certificated (PA1 & PA6) and chainsaw certificate would also be an advantage with good experience in the safe operation and basic maintenance of garden machinery.
Must have previous experience working on a country estate. Full driving licence is essential. Non-smoker preferred.