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National Trust

Head Gardener

Location: Sudbury Hall, Sudbury, Ashbourne, DE6 5HT

Contract Type: Permanent Contract

Reference/IRC: IRC139479

Closing Date: 04/06/2023

Salary: £32,136 per annum

The Children's Country House at Sudbury is the first heritage experience of its kind for the National Trust, where the Hall, Museum and Garden put children and families at the very centre of the experience.

Joining us as Head Gardener at this exciting time will mean leading your team to provide high quality and efficient day to day care of our gardens and outdoor spaces, along with supporting us to develop and deliver the master-plan for garden.

This vacancy is included in a trial of the ‘Disability Confident’ scheme (level 1).

If you have a disability, and your qualities, skills and experience are a good fit with the 'Who we're looking for' section below, we will guarantee you either a telephone or face to face interview. Please contact us at, when you apply, to let us know, quoting the reference number for this vacancy.

You'll be responsible for the daily care and conservation of the gardens and outdoors at both The Children’s Country House at Sudbury, and Norbury Manor. You'll play a key role in shaping our vision for a children’s garden and deliver on this exciting and innovative project. Alongside this you'll contribute to plans for access and engagement, working with other heads of department to focus on the visitor experience. You'll manage a team of staff and volunteers and work with the wider property team to support the volunteer journey.

We'd love to hear from you if have the following:

  • Passion for horticulture and a creative flair for gardening
  • Flexibility and adaptability in approach
  • Passion for giving families a great visitor experience
  • Commitment to working as part of a wider team
  • Experience of managing resources, budgets and work plans
  • Leadership experience
  • Experience with managing operational risk and compliance requirements

For further information and to apply, please click here

Closing Date: 04/06/2023  Location: Sudbury Hall, Sudbury, Ashbourne, DE6 5HT

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