Success Stories

Success Stories

I contacted English Country Gardeners in a state of panic after our gardener left, and within 3 weeks an eminently suitable replacement had been found, after a series of interviews with others that had been recommended by them. They were courteous, extremely efficient, and understood exactly what we were looking for. I couldn’t recommend them highly enough.

Andrew Linzee Gordon - Upsland Farm

English Country Gardeners were wonderful to work with from start to finish. They took the time to really understand the role we were trying to fill and quickly provided suitable candidates for interviews. We ended up employing a wonderful gardener and we are very grateful to ECG for helping us. Their professionalism in sourcing references and supplying us with all the necessary information was brilliant and we wouldn’t hesitate in using them again or recommending them to others.

Georgie Guernsey - Packington Hall

Parham successfully retained English Country Gardeners to recruit a Head Gardener in 2009, and have now done so again in 2019. This is because they have given sound, sensible advice, and have been extremely helpful at all times. Mark Read has considered all requests carefully, and has responded to emails quickly and efficiently; intelligent, realistic and sensitive feedback has been provided. This has been achieved in a consistently friendly, respectful and professional manner. Mark is a pleasure to deal with, and it is good to be able to report good service.

Lady Emma Barnard DL – Parham House and Gardens, West Sussex

“If you are looking for a gardener, you couldn’t do better than speak to Mark Read at English Country Gardeners who has a wide range of names on his books. Head gardeners, and below, all with experience and expertise in their field. I couldn’t recommend him more highly.”

Garden Designer, Justin Spink

At Arne Maynard Garden Design we are often looking for really special gardeners to work closely with us and our clients. Mark Read at English Country Gardeners is extremely knowledgable, personable and really goes above and beyond to seek out the best candidates for our client’s gardens both in the UK and the USA. We trust Mark explicitly in his approach and highly recommend contacting him for your recruitment needs – he is an absolute pleasure to work with.

Arne Maynard Garden Design

English Country Gardeners came highly recommended, and Sara did not disappoint.  She took the time to really understand our situation, requirements and objectives.  Sara advised us carefully, challenging our preconceptions and enabling us to ascertain a correct budget and hiring framework.  Within a short period of time she had filtered the candidates and constructed a high quality shortlist.  We were then able to speak with Sara and review our interview feedback with her so that we could then offer to the correct candidate with confidence.  We are delighted with our new gardener and will immediately be engaging Sara and English Country Gardeners again in due course as we build out our team.

Tim Eastwood - Whatton House and Gardens

Painshill is a unique 18th Century English Landscape and we have used English Country Gardeners to source staff to maintain this living work of art. The candidates put forward each time have had the particular qualities and skills that we have been looking for. In addition, their recruitment team have been extremely supportive.

Andy Mills - Painshill Park Trust

I contacted ECG after finding them through an internet search and so was flying blind. I was absolutely delighted when I was put in touch with Sara Yassin who made the whole process incredibly simple and enjoyable. I have always advertised in the past and frustratedly sifted endless inappropriate candidates. Working with ECG was a dream and they came up with four good candidates – one exceptional whom I have now employed.  I couldn’t recommend ECG more highly.

Lady Wates - Private Estate