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Live In Gardener Job

Location UK, South East England, Guildford
Sector Private Households & Estates
Job Role Gardener
Job Type Permanent
Employment Type Full-time
Salary £25K gross per Annum
Job Number  97460
Created 24 November 2021

Live In Skilled Gardener - Large Private Estate - Surrey

This is a newly-created position which has become available at our private estate in Surrey. The Skilled Gardener will play a key role in contributing to the development and improvement of one of the UK’s finest private estates.

Set within 500 acres of parkland, the gardens have a long history and have been developed by some distinguished horticultural professionals to become the incredibly special spaces they are today. The gardens include a large walled garden, a kitchen garden and orangery containing a large collection of citrus trees, an orchard and arboretum, as well as temperate, arid and tropical display houses and service greenhouses, water features, large ornamental borders, extensive seasonal bedding displays, a large rose garden and a woodland garden.

Your role will include:

  • Working with a team of four other gardeners.
  • This is a hands on role working in all weathers.
  • Assisting the Head Gardener to ensure the gardens are developed and maintained to the highest standards, in line with the directions given by the Head of Gardens.
  • Greenhouse maintenance and Plant propagation.
  • Fruit and vegetable production.
  • Maintenance of formal borders, Pruning, Mulching, Planting, fertilization etc.
  • Hedge and topiary cutting.

Salary & Benefits

  • £25,000 per annum
  • Accommodation is provided in the form of a 2 bedroom House - small family welcome and a pet
  • 25 days holiday, plus Bank holidays.
  • Pension.
  • Private Health Care.



  • Relevant previous experience of working on a private estate in a similar position; ideally 5 years’ minimum.
  • RHS Level 2 or equivalent.
  • PA1/PA6 spraying certificates.
  • Good knowledge of gardening practices.
  • Physically fit
  • Good Plant Knowledge

This opportunity would suit an enthusiastic, self-motivated and knowledgeable gardener with experience of working on a private garden and an understanding of the sensitivity of living and working on a private estate.

The position is live-in and the residential staff are required to make themselves available for visits and become part of the emergency and salvage team, responding to emergencies or incidents as directed. The Skilled Gardener will be required to assist with the gardens watering every other weekend as well as other out-of-hours garden maintenance duties as needed.

Responsible Consultant - Hannah Mckeown

Job ID - 97460

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