JOB DETAILS: ASSISTANT HEAD GARDENER (Responsible for Walled Garden)
An enthusiastic individual with a passion for walled gardens is sought for the position of Assistant Head Gardener on a historic 23 acre private estate in Berkshire, recently renovated in collaboration with the garden designer Dan Pearson. The primary responsibility of the gardener will be the effective running of a 1 acre walled garden, supporting glasshouses and cold frames. As part of the management team, the role also involves strategic involvement in the broader estate and applicants should have the confidence to cover for the Head Gardener if required.
The walled garden provides diverse produce for the house, and is justifiably considered to be the heart of the Garden. It is also a garden room in its own right, with a contemporary aesthetic nestled within the embrace of the historic Lutyens walls. Experience and confidence growing fruit, vegetables and cut flowers along with plant propagation and glasshouse management are essential, along with excellent plant knowledge and good technical skills.
It is expected that the person appointed will have an exceptional eye for detail and be able to maintain the walled garden to the highest possible standard. Applicants should therefore possess a Diploma in Horticulture, OR a minimum RHS level 2/3 Horticultural qualification (or equivalent) coupled to a proven track record. Candidates need to be highly organised, able to plan and prioritise their workload and have a flexible approach to work.
Excellent communication skills are essential as the successful candidate will be expected to help present tours of the gardens to invited guests, supervise a full time member of staff and liaise closely with the Head Gardener, Chef and House Manager. Other key requirements include good I.T skills, as you will be required to maintain and work with electronic sowing/harvesting records and planting plans, and a willingness to oversee floral displays for the house. Some weekend watering duties will be required on a rota basis.
ACCOMMODATION: Recently renovated 3 bedroom cottage
SALARY: Circ £30k depending on experience