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Assistant Head Gardener

Location: Woolbeding Gardens Brambling Ln, Woolbeding, Midhurst GU29 9RR

NT Vacancy Number: IRC107637

We're looking for an Assistant Head Gardener who can inspire confidence in the team, adapt quickly to new ways of working and apply their technical knowledge to a range of different tasks and lead on small projects.

Woolbeding Gardens is a beautiful 21st Century Garden with artistic colour themed borders set within garden rooms and a collection of follies which merge into the surrounding landscape. The Pleasure Garden created by the Bannerman’s in the early 2000's adds a romantic atmosphere with the Lake, Waterfall, Chinese Bridge and River God

As a key member of the gardens team your role will involve running the day to day operations of the gardens, working with staff and volunteers to help develop the gardens and the garden team. You'll be responsible for the direct line management of 5 people, but will need to look after the day-to-day leadership of up to 6 members of staff and daily teams of volunteers.

As Assistant Head Gardener you'll have organisational and logistical skills to create work plans, ensuring maintenance is kept up and no task is missed. You'll also be responsible for a number of cyclical compliance tasks.

Working closely with the Gardens and Outdoors Manager you'll utilise your technical expertise and organisation to be able to deliver the consistently high standards that Woolbeding is known for. Woolbeding Gardens is a garden of change and innovation and high horticultural practices in the National Trust.

There will be lots of opportunities for your own personal development as you’ll have a supporting role for the implementation of a range of projects and many smaller in-house renovations.

We're looking for someone who has:

  • Experience managing teams of gardeners and volunteers, including performance development
  • Excellent communication and organisation skills
  • RHS Level 3 (or equivalent) as well as practical gardening/horticulture experience
  • An excellent understanding of horticultural techniques and plant identification
  • Experience of using garden machinery
  • Experience of working in a formal garden with good plant knowledge.
  • Knowledge of herbaceous borders and artistic plant layout.
  • Ability to maintain and demonstrate high horticultural standards.

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Closing Date: 26/09/2021  Location: Woolbeding Gardens Brambling Ln, Woolbeding, Midhurst GU29 9RR

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