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A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY

HEAD GARDENER wanted for THE BRESSINGHAM GARDENS

An excellent opportunity has arisen for a Head Gardener to join a small team on a large privately-owned estate between Cambridge and Norwich.  The gardens are open to the public between mid February and November and are maintained to a high standard throughout the year.  This position would suit a qualified and knowledgeable gardener with excellent attention to detail and experience of supervising gardeners and volunteers.

The gardens extend to about 17 acres and have been developed over the course of the last 80 years by two generations of the family who moved here in 1946. The gardens comprise a series of themed areas spanning from herbaceous island beds originally created as trial beds for the new introductions made by the family owned nurseries, ponds, an internationally renowned winter garden, a North American wood, a fragrant garden, to a fine collection of mature trees and shrubs.

The new Head Gardener will work in collaboration with the property owner though largely autonomously with support from three further members of the gardening team to ensure that the gardens are managed and presented to an extremely high standard. 

Applications are invited from either current estate Head or Senior Gardeners with experienced of managing large estate gardens throughout the seasons.  The successful applicant will need to  have a good knowledge and interest in plants, be committed, trustworthy, self-motivated, have an eye for detail and a desire to achieve high standards.  Applicants must possess good supervisory and communication skills as well as a positive attitude.  This is very much a hands-on position that requires good leadership skills and enthusiasm for disseminating horticultural knowledge to those within the team and volunteers.

Applicants will ideally hold a minimum RHS Level 3 or equivalent horticulture qualification, with PA1/PA6 chemical spray certificates being desirable.  Candidates must have comprehensive plant knowledge and familiarity with most gardening practices, including the use of common garden machinery.  As the role will involve the supervision of under gardeners, a clear understanding and working knowledge of relevant Health and Safety legislation is required.

Although the position is predominantly based on a 40-hour working week, flexibility is required to cover weekends and Bank Holidays as required for the purposes of watering and special events. 

This position offers an excellent opportunity to restore and develop the original Bloom plant collections, work within the fabulous celebrated gardens,  and for owners who are genuinely passionate about their gardens.

Start date: early 2023

Knowledge, Skills and Experience: 

  • Trained as a professional gardener/ horticulturalist. Good level of practical experience
  • RHS Level 3 or equivalent
  • Excellent knowledge of plant husbandry and horticultural techniques covering a wide range of plant types
  • Experience and confidence in working with and managing garden staff as well as supervising trainee staff, volunteers and contractors as required, alongside proficient communication skills
  • Confidence with machinery/equipment use and maintenance including tractors, chainsaws and mowers with accreditation as required for Health and Safety compliance
  • Knowledge of Health and Safety and compliance requirements
  • PA1 & PA6 qualifications

Job Type: Full-time, 40 hours

Salary to be discussed in the light of experience. 

To apply, please email a CV and covering letter to adrianbloom@bressinghamgardens.com