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National Trust

Head Gardener

Location: Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Biddenden Road, near Cranbrook, Kent, TN17 2AB
NT Vacancy Number: IRC101565
Salary: £40,000 per annum, depending on skills and experience.
Key Representative accommodation is included which will involve being on call throughout the week and weekends, these duties are shared by two other roles at the property.

Renowned the world over as an iconic and influential garden, an exciting and rare opportunity has arisen at Sissinghurst Castle Garden to join and lead one of the most famous gardens in Britain as their Head Gardener.

What you'll be doing
You’ll lead with passion, whilst looking to develop and maintain the gardens day to day, you’ll motivate a large team, including lots of enthusiastic volunteers and have a clear understanding of budget management.

It’ll be down to you to engage visitors interest in the gardens, delivering a first-class visitor experience, as well as attracting donors and working with the local community, encouraging a culture of openness, inclusion and involvement for all.

As a senior leader you will be involved in strategic decisions and thinking, plus several compliance tasks.

You’ll also get a chance to put your green fingers to use and get involved in the day-to-day upkeep of the gardens.

Who we're looking for

  • High level of horticultural experience, supported by appropriate qualifications to RHS level 3 or above (or equivalent level of vocational experience).
  • Excellent level of plantsmanship/plant husbandry skills. Knowledge of a wide range of horticultural techniques covering a range of plant types. Some artistic plantsmanship/design skills.
  • Experience of organising garden activities which enhance garden visits.
  • Leadership skills including coaching, team development, motivation and communication.
  • Good people skills enabling strong relationships to be built and maintained, externally and internally.
  • Budget management skills, with a record of managing finances and small projects.
  • Experience of working within the heritage sector within a horticultural role.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills including public presentation.

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Closing Date: 23rd May 2021

Closing Date: 23/05/2021  Location: Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Biddenden Road, near Cranbrook, Kent

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