Gardener - Private Country House Estate

Location
Watlington, Oxfordshire
Salary
Commensurate with skills and experience. Please inquire.
Posted
09 Dec 2017
Closes
07 Feb 2018
Sector
Gardening
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Watlington Park Estate

Two full-time Gardener Vacancies

 

 

The Watlington Park Estate is located on the edge if the Chilterns, close to Christmas Common and a mile from Watlington.

The Estate consists of a magnificent 18th Century mansion (Watlington Park) and 500 acres of parkland, woodland and downland. The gardens are very special, with the centrepiece being a 1.5 acre walled garden laid out with a mixture of vegetable beds, cut flower beds, roses, espalier fruit trees, fruit cages and a pair of greenhouses. Beyond the walled garden are lawns, a fountain garden, formal beds, hedging, ornamental trees, an orchard and rose-beds. 

There is a resident Head Gardener, who manages a team of contractors and self-employed gardeners. The new owner of the Estate would like to change the focus more on directly employing staff. Two vacancies have thus been created, with both posts reporting to the Head Gardener.      

Deputy Head-Gardener

  • Working closely with Head Gardener
  • Good broad experience
  • Good plant knowledge
  • Vegetable growing and greenhouse skills
  • Spray and chainsaw certificates ideally already held 

Under-Gardener

  • Willing to learn
  • Ideally some gardening/groundskeeping experience
  • Previous experience with machinery
  • Will work as an all-rounder
  • Learning and training provided

Applicants will need to be physically fit, cheerful, positive, practical and flexible in outlook.

Applicants should live within 30mins radius and have own car.

Salaries negotiable and commensurate with experience and other factors.

These are both full time roles.

4 weeks holiday per annum plus bank holidays.

Occasional weekend requirement.  

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