An exciting opportunity has arisen for a skilled and experienced gardener on a private estate in Suffolk, near Colchester. This new role will suit an academically qualified horticulturist with demonstrable garden management experience on private estates and a desire to be part of the ongoing development of a young garden. A small one-bedroom flat is available for temporary use if the successful candidate is relocating from outside the area.
The estate encompasses 45-acres in total with approximately 4-acres dedicated to the formal gardens, originally designed by Bunny Guinness. At just five years’ old, the young gardens are still taking form, with the property owner actively developing new areas and in need of assistance from a skilled and knowledgeable professional.
The modern rural property is surrounded by paddocks and woodland approximately 10-miles from Colchester itself. The garden contains mixed and herbaceous borders, shrubberies, a water/wet garden of approximately 0.5-acres, a young mixed woodland, greenhouse and poly tunnel, with a lake and pond. The gardens also include a walled potager with raised beds, combining vegetables and cutting flowers.
The successful applicant will work with the owner to create and develop new areas as well as to maintain existing areas to a high standard. Two employees on the estate provide assistance including that of basic gardening, i.e. mowing and hedge cutting where necessary, however the Skilled Gardener will also be required to carry out these duties in addition to the finer horticultural tasks. Aside from the two maintenance employees, the role may be considered a Sole Gardener position.
Applicants for this role must be physically fit, hands-on and talented horticulturists with experience of garden planning and time management. Good ornamental plant knowledge is essential, as is an ability to carry out species specific pruning, basic soil treatment/management, pest and disease control and the safe operation and basic maintenance of a full range of garden machinery. An academic horticultural qualification at RHS level 3 or equivalent/above is desired though is not essential if extensive relevant experience can be demonstrated. The ability to operate a chainsaw would be beneficial, as would spray certificates (PA1/PA6). Experience in kitchen gardening and plant propagation/glasshouse work is required, as is a full driving licence due to the rural location of the estate. The property owner is looking for a knowledgeable and passionate gardener with whom they can discuss and plan the garden for the future, so applicants with a creative eye and a keen interest in design are encouraged to apply.
The welcoming property owner has a genuine love of the garden and horticulture so will be involved alongside the successful applicant, if only at a high level at times. As areas of the gardens require further work, the Skilled Gardener will work through the options and opportunities with the owner and manage the implementation of the agreed designs/initiatives from a hands-on perspective.
This is a fantastic opportunity for a skilled, qualified and experienced horticulturist to take ownership of a young garden at an exciting stage of development. Applications are sought from experienced gardeners in search of genuine reward for their talent and a garden in which to achieve their full potential for an engaged and horticulturally passionate owner.
SALARY:£30,000 – £35,000 DOE
If this Skilled Gardener vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Mark Read on 01233 733510 or email@example.com.
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