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Senior Gardener Monks House

IRC124138

If you love your career in Gardening, we can offer you some of the most beautiful outdoor spaces in the UK to work in as well as one of the largest plant collections in Europe.

This role offers a unique and exciting opportunity to lead the gardens of two small but historically significant National Trust properties: Monk’s House and Alfriston Clergy.

Salary: Based on your skills and experience this role has a salary range of £27,300 - £30,000

Monks House is based in Rodmell near Lewes and was Leonard and Virginia Woolf's 16th-century country retreat, whilst Alfriston Clergy House was the National Trusts' very first building purchased in 1896.

The gardens at both properties form a large part of the visitor experience and we are looking for an experienced, highly organised, and highly-motivated senior gardener to push the boundaries and help us care for these historic gardens.

What you'll be doing

You will love working outdoors and understand that our gardens and grounds are as significant as our mansion houses, collections, and our historical places.

You'll not only have fantastic horticulture skills, but you'll also want to share your gardening pride and passion with all our visitors whilst leading and developing our talented and dedicated team of volunteers.

You'll set the direction of how we care for these wonderful gardens, write, and develop both short and longer-term garden management plans and you'll deliver these plans by line managing and leading our skilled and dedicated garden volunteers each day.

You'll not be on your own though, from our local leadership teams through to internal Consultants and other gardening peers, you'll enjoy support every step of the way within an open, collaborative, and inclusive culture which are the cornerstones of our ways of working.

Who we're looking for

  • 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: 03/07/2022  Location: Monk's House, Rodmell Lewes, Lewes, BN7 3HF

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