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National Trust

Senior Gardener

Location: Quarry Bank Mill, Styal, Wilmslow, SK9 4LA

Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract / Full Time

Reference/IRC: IRC132553

Closing Date: 05/02/2023

Salary: £25,662pa

If you want to further your career in Gardening, we offer experience and development within a beautiful garden that is part of a popular historic site of key significance to our world as we know it.

If you have any questions about this role please contact: Katharine.Cook@nationaltrust.org.uk

What it's like to work here

The unique story of the former cotton mill, owners house, gardens, Apprentice House, village and estate first began in 1784 and is one of Britain’s greatest industrial heritage sites. Quarry Bank is a popular and much loved visitor attraction and the garden is a significant element to the story and fundamental to our visitors enjoyment.

Over the last 15 years the Upper and Lower Garden have been restored and developed, with the garden team demonstrating high quality productive and ornamental horticulture, whilst telling the story of the mill owners and the lives of the workers. Yet there is more to do! This is an exciting opportunity to work with a team who pride themselves on being dynamic, highly motivated and passionate people.

What you'll be doing

You’ll love working outdoors and understand that our gardens are a crucial component of the story. Our visitors tell us how much they enjoy the beauty, peace and tranquillity of our dramatic & well-tended garden, which means your role is vital in making sure our visitors have an amazing experience.

We don’t just need you to supervise the management of our beautiful gardens, although this is an important part of the role; we’d like you to help recognise and motivate the team too. As the Senior Gardener in our team, we’d like you to lead by example, with exceptional gardening skills, but you’ll also understand how to manage the day-to-day workload for this team, deliver exceptional training to new staff and volunteers and build positive working relationships across the property.

Who we're looking for

To be successful in this role you should be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Significant practical experience in horticulture supported by relevant qualifications
  • Have supervisory experience from a similar role
  • Excellent knowledge of plants
  • Competent with the use and maintenance of garden machinery including chainsaws, tractors, hedge trimmers, pedestrian and ride on mowers
  • Knowledge of relevant health and safety legislation and practice

   
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Closing Date: 05/02/2023  Location: Quarry Bank Mill, Styal, Wilmslow, SK9 4LA

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