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Head Gardener/Groundsman

A Head Gardener will oversee and run large and multiple Estates. They will ensure the smooth running and execution of the Principals’ requests across all gardens, with all garden staff reporting directly to the Head Gardener.

Experience

A Head gardener/Groundsman will have at least 3 years experience working in a similar role.

Qualifications

Our candidates will have a wealth of horticultural experience/training such as a City & Guilds Diploma in Horticulture, an RHS certificate as well as the ability to handle a range of horticultural machinery and hand-powered tools as well as some having a Full Pesticide Licence.

Live-in salaries

Range from £370 – £460 net per week typically for an 8-10 hour day, (Varies during winter months) Monday to Friday

Live-out salaries

Range from £395 – £460 net per week typically for up to a 10 hour day, Monday to Friday

Duties

Duties can include all or most of the following depending on your requirements:

Co-ordinating garden staff

Manage and supervise duties of Gardeners/Groundsmen

Recruit and manage exterior staff / contractors

Research and select garden and maintenance suppliers

Project manage large projects

Maintain perimeter and boundaries

Create weather resistant planting schemes

Create secure homes for livestock to prevent predator and fox attacks

Gardener/Groundsman

Our Gardeners come from strong backgrounds in land management and are passionate about their gardens. They range from those who manage hundreds of acres to those who maintain informal, formal and manicured gardens that require on-going design.

Experience:

All Gardeners will have at least 3 years experience working in a similar role.

Qualifications:

Our candidates will have a wealth of horticultural experience/training such as a City & Guilds Diploma in Horticulture, an RHS certificate as well as the ability to handle a range of horticultural machinery and hand-powered tools. Full Pesticide Licence

Live in salaries

Range from £370 – £460 net per week typically for an 8-10 hour day, (Varies during winter months) Monday to Friday

Live-out salaries

Range from £395 – £460 net per week typically for up to a 10 hour day, Monday to Friday

Duties

Duties can include all or most of the following depending on your requirements:

For the Lawns:

Grass cutting and maintain formal garden lawns, estate land and fields

Prepare ground, soil and lay new turf

Build and Create:

Create a suggested planting plan

Build raised beds and herb gardens

Grow plants from seed within kitchen garden and formal garden

Redesign vegetable garden and perennial borders

Tree planting

Build fencing and general DIY tasks

Cultivate a glasshouse or kitchen garden to produce fresh fruit and vegetables

Maintenance and Estate Repair:

Ensure that woodlands, lawns, shrubs, flowers and landscaped gardens are cared for

Check health of plants, deal with pests and diseases in an organic way

Prune shrubs, dig, plant and weed flower beds and borders

Managing orchards and fruit trees

Create fresh flower displays for the house

Manage vegetable and fruit gardens (rotating  crops, cultivate, harvest and prune)

Clean ponds and water features to ensure free of debris and efficient flow of water

Tend to Herbaceous borders, topiary and walled gardens

Prune and chop branches using chainsaw if necessary

Safe and effective use of insecticides and chemicals to maintain a healthy garden

Maintain swimming pool, ponds, tennis courts, and croquet lawns

Manage machinery and maintain irrigation systems

Maintain controls and maintenance of all lawn and garden machinery eg sit down/mowers and hedge trimmers

Sawing and splitting of firewood

Care of guard dogs

Ordering and collecting of animal feeds/supplies