Senior Gardener | Virginia Water

Salary £26,000 to £30,000

 

Job Description

Working within a small team at both a London based property and Surrey cottage, you will manage a gardener while ensuring that the gardens are maintained to a high standard throughout the year, as well as helping to shape the future of the gardens as part of long-term planning.

You will be hands-on, passionate about maintaining very high standards, happy to work autonomously and plan your own work, whilst meeting the client's expectations. You will oversee a no-dig approach to the management of the garden with a keen focus on sustainability, conservation and organic gardening.

JOB REFERENCE

#7989

SALARY

Salary £26,000 to £30,000

CURRENCY

GBP

LOCATION

Virginia Water & London

POSITION

Senior Gardener

ACCOMMODATION OFFERED

No

LOOKING FOR COUPLE

No

TYPE OF HOUSEHOLD

Professional / Philanthropist, Formal Household, City Based, Rural Location

EXPERIENCE

5+ years

LANGUAGE

English

DRIVING LICENCE

Yes

PREFER NON SMOKER

Yes

VALID DBS

Yes

Roles and Responsibilities

Main Tasks

  • Overseeing the Assistant Gardener, training, nurturing and scheduling tasks as required
  • Ensure that all formal borders, shrub beds and lawn areas are kept to a high standard
  • Oversee the management and seasonal maintenance of the vegetable garden
  • Travel between properties as required – London townhouse and Surrey cottage
  • General grounds maintenance including: planting, pruning, weeding, strimming, clearing leaves, and watering
  • Ensure house plants are watered, deadheaded, clean and well presented
  • Ensure pots and window boxes are watered, fed, clean and well presented
  • Assist the team with soft and hard landscaping, including planting and setting out as required
  • Mow lawns and carry out associated tasks on both pedestrian and ride on machines
  • Comply with health and safety legislation and safe working practices
  • Compost bay management and mulching maintenance
  • Create budgets and place orders for tools, plant, and other necessary equipment

Entry Requirements

Person Specification

Essential

  • Driving licence
  • Sound knowledge of standard horticultural practices (planting, pruning, fertilising, etc.), growth characteristics and identification of a wide variety of plants
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Good practical skills in soft landscaping and grounds maintenance
  • A practical knowledge of indoor plants and their presentation
  • Excellent organisational and prioritisation skills
  • Wide range of machinery skills including use of strimmers, leaf blowers, mowers and tractors
  • Horticulture Level 2, or 5 years working in a horticultural environment
  • Physically fit with previous experience in similar manual work
  • Enthusiastic, self-motivated and flexible
  • Understands sensitivity of working within a private estate and household
  • A practical knowledge of pond maintenance
  • Previous experience working in a private garden or park

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