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JOB Ref: EC20538

Sole Gardener

  • Full Time Live Out
  • Circa £25,000 DOE
  • Dorset

A very attractive opportunity has arisen for a Sole Gardener on a beautiful private estate in much sought after location in West Dorset. The position would suit an experienced and skilled gardener with demonstrable garden management experience, i.e. Sole Gardener or supervisory level, with academic horticultural qualifications desired.

The traditional English country garden property encompasses approximately three acres and is surrounded by fields on all sides.  Located on the outskirts of a small rural village, the garden itself comprises tall yew and laurel hedges, mature trees, rose beds, herbaceous borders, a rockery, two greenhouses and a small naturally fed pond.  The garden is on a small hillside with manicured lawns and an informal paddock.  A vegetable plot and fruit cage will need tending to by the successful applicant, as will climbing wisteria on the walls of the main house.  The property is located in an idyllic and picturesque village, just six miles north of the Dorset coastline.

Applicants should have experience of the above, be confident and skilled in pruning methods, i.e. of wisteria and roses, and be physically fit with good horticultural knowledge and plant identification skills.  The ideal candidate will possess an academic horticultural qualification, well-rounded experience in a private estate setting and will be willing to take ownership of a varied and attractive English country garden.

Applicants should hold spray tickets (PA1/PA6) however these may be gained at a later date if necessary.  A chainsaw licence would be beneficial, and experience with a wide range of gardening machinery essential.  Candidates should be willing and able to undertake the general garden handyman duties required of a Sole Gardener, and of the estate security when the owners are away.  A full driving licence is required as the property is located in a rural setting.

SALARY:Circa £25,000 DOE

LOCATION:Netherbury, West Dorset

JOB No:EC20538

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

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Thank you for the interest you have shown in this Sole Gardener vacancy.  Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications that we receive, it is not possible to respond to every one.  Therefore, unless you hear from us within the next 14 days, your application for this Sole Gardener vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

Recruitment Specialist Mark Read