The tasks of a Gardener can vary from keeping the estate’s garden tidy to that of maintaining herbaceous borders, pruning and vegetable plot maintenance alongside a wide variety of other horticultural activities.
A Gardener’s daily responsibilities will change depending on season and the requirements of the garden and estate. A Gardener may have a team of handymen to assist along with contractors for major works such as tree felling and topping.
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Maintenance of the lawn areas. Improvements to the lawn throughout the estate.
Maintenance and necessary pruning of herbaceous borders throughout the garden.
Ensures garden borders remain impeccably tidy and presentable throughout the year.
Attends to all duties and requirements to grow prolific and nutrient dense vegetables for the employer.
Moves plants into the greenhouse during the winter months, cleaning and maintenance.
Supervision of external contractors for larger scale maintenance ie. tree felling.
Keeps accounts of stock levels of tools and products such as compost, fertilisers etc. Planning of planting, changing of seasonal plants etc.
Carries out any other task the employer may reasonably ask.
A selection of Gardener job opportunities throughout the UK.
Senior GardenerNewbury, Berkshire
JOB DETAILS: Senior Gardener (Live out) The Senior Gardener will be expected to liaise directly with the owners, plan at least 12 months ahead to prepare for all eventualities in the garden and sugge...
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This is an amazing opportunity for someone who has either just completed a formal training course or who has some work experience gained in employment or apprenticeship. Our client is looking for some...
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Skills Required for a Gardener
Knowledge of gardening is a must; planting and gardening techniques with compost types, bulb and seed planting, maintenance of the lawns and large trees and shrubbery. Good knowledge of different types of flowers, plants, shrubbery and trees.
A Gardener should be fit with strong manual skills.
We would normally expect a Gardener to have a full, clean driving licence and be able to drive the garden vehicles if provided.
An average salary for a Gardener is between £25K and £35K in the UK and will be dependent on location and skill.
If you are considering a career as a Gardener or you are looking for your next move, take a look
through our currently advertised roles.
Most Gardeners will work on a normal weekly 40 hour schedule but should be flexible depending on the client’s requirements, particularly if the client is not in residence at all times or if there are functions at the residence.
Holidays and days off could be weekends or in the week depending on the household.
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Some of our commonly asked questions regarding the garden position. If you have any queries or questions, please do not hesitate to contact us on 020 3033 0000 or Mail@MasseysAgency.co.uk.
Do your candidates come with a DBS?
We don’t automatically undertake a DBS for every candidate that registers with us as sometimes candidates may find their own jobs and only stay on our books for a short while. However if a client employs someone who we introduce and who does not have a current DBS but is required to have one for the position, then we are happy to do this for you.
What locations do you cover?
We are able to supply staff across the whole of the UK, including Scotland and Ireland. We also cover International positions.
Do you have any upfront costs?
No, we provide a free service for candidates who are looking for work and we only invoice clients if they employ a candidate who we have introduced to them.
Do you provide temporary staff?
Unfortunately we do not provide staff for short term assignments, however we do accept some contracts for a minimum of three months upwards.
Can I register with you?
We absolutely love hearing from candidates with good, relevant experience in private households. Unfortunately without previous experience it is unlikely we will be able to help you but we are always happy to advise. Chauffeurs must have previous experience of working as a private chauffeur and not purely in chauffeur services or taxi driving.
How long will it take to fill my vacancy?
A vacancy could be filled within a matter of days or it could take longer. The timescale depends on which candidates are registered at the time of you giving us your vacancy, and whether they match your requirements. We will never just send a CV for the sake of it or to ‘make up the numbers’.
Will I be able to trial the candidates?
We are happy to organise short trials wherever possible, however you need to bear in mind that it might not always be possible if a candidate is in a full time job. In order to address the fact that very occasionally things may not always go to plan, we offer a rebate/replacement period for your peace of mind.
What should I look for when hiring a gardener?
The things to look for when hiring a gardener will depend on your outside space. Do you have mainly formal gardens or is the majority of the garden laid to lawn? Do you want the gardener to look after paddocks or woodlands? And do you have glasshouses and vegetable gardens? What your garden consists of will determine the level of experience that you need in your gardener. You may also wish to consider whether you need someone with environmental qualifications if this is important to you. If your garden is mainly lawn with simple borders, a good maintenance gardener should suffice. However if you are looking for a more creative gardener and someone used to complex formal gardens then you should be looking for horticultural qualifications. You may wish to check what type of equipment they have used in the past [ride-on mowers, chainsaws etc.] and their understanding of health and safety legislation especially around the use of chemicals.
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