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Perennial, Gardeners' Royal Benevolent Society

Head Gardener

The Laskett Gardens, Much Birch, Herefordshire

About Us

Perennial is the nation's only charity dedicated to helping people in horticulture. Together with our network of partners, we provide free support, information, advice, financial assistance and services for horticulturalists and their loved ones experiencing illness, disability, bereavement, family breakdown and financial difficulties.

The Laskett Gardens - once one of England's most hidden and private gardens - is set in the idyllic countryside of Herefordshire on the Welsh borders. Over almost four decades the historian, Sir Roy Strong, and his late wife, the designer Dr Julia Trevelyan Oman, transformed a four acre field into a series of stunning garden rooms, vistas, ascents and descents.

We are currently looking for a Head Gardener to help us maintain and share the beauty of The Laskett Gardens.

The Benefits

- Salary of £28,000 per annum

- 25 days' holiday per annum plus Bank Holidays

- Pension (up to 7% employer contribution)

- DIS benefit

- Sickness pay

- Comprehensive benefits package

The Role

As the Head Gardener, you will help to ensure that the history, ecology, evolved design and artistic integrity of The Laskett Gardens and other grounds associated with the site are conserved and presented to an exemplary standard.

In this rewarding role, you will:

- Lead the garden team (currently three Gardeners)

- Recruit, train, manage and develop staff and volunteers to present the gardens to a high standard

- Ensure that the retail, catering and visitor facilities are managed effectively

- Make sure that visitors receive an excellent service

- Identify opportunities to promote the gardens and develop the visitor experience

- Manage allocated budgets

About You

To join us as a Head Gardener, you will need:

- Previous experience of managing a garden of quality to a high standard

- Experience of managing staff within a horticultural, conservation or visitor attraction setting

- An RHS Level 3 qualification (or equivalent)

- The ability to work flexibly, including weekends as part of a rota in season

- A full driving licence

Please note that this role will involve carrying heavy loads, kneeling for long periods, digging and sweeping.

So, if you're seeking your next challenge as our Head Gardener, please apply via the button shown. This vacancy is being advertised by Webrecruit. The services advertised by Webrecruit are those of an Employment Agency.

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Closing Date: 02/05/2021  Location: Hereford

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