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Propagator and Gardener Job

Propagator & Gardener job

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propagator & gardener
part time (16 - 20 hours a week)
£20k pa salary pro-rated for hours worked

A rare opportunity has arisen to recruit a part-time propagator and gardener (50:50 role) at the Grade 1 listed Iford Manor Gardens, between Bath and Bradford on Avon. This is an exciting time to join the team as many improvements to the visitor experience and garden are taking place following the recent handover of the estate to the next generation. You will be working directly with renowned Head Gardener Troy Scott Smith who joined in August 2019.

The role would suit an enthusiastic, dedicated, hands-on, personable and collaborative individual with detailed plant knowledge and demonstrable skills in managing glasshouses and propagation. Previous experience working in a public facing role is preferable.

Iford Manor Gardens (c. 2.5 acres) are open to the public from April until October. Located on a steep hillside they are terraced and comprise long flower borders, an oriental garden, specimen trees and shrubs, water features, topiary, seasonal pots, formal lawns, wilderness areas, orchard and woodland walks. 

Formerly the home of garden designer Harold Peto, the garden is full of old and unusual plants, many of which he collected on his around the world travels in the late 1800s. The role will require the individual to propagate many of these old forms for replanting across the garden and for plant sales to the general public. Plants will need to be grown to be planted in the bedded-out areas and in the container pots which form a key part of the design in areas of the garden for which you will be responsible. The glasshouses and plant nursery are located in the private walled garden (c. 1 acre).

The Propagator will be joining a small team comprising the Head Gardener, Senior Gardener (under recruitment) and Gardener who all work closely together. You will also be required to help out with general gardening duties in the main garden, as required by the Head Gardener.

A new volunteer team will be formed in September. Any volunteers working in the glasshouses will be under your supervision. You must share the owners’ passion for these historic gardens, such that you are able to present yourself as an ambassador for the estate through various media, as well as the delivery of garden talks and guided tours during the summer open gardens period. The successful applicant will be required to share the weekend responsibilities with the gardening team on a rota basis (i.e. greenhouse and nursery management, pot watering and garden irrigation etc.) for which time off in lieu will be given.

Applicants must hold a full UK driving licence and should possess: excellent horticultural knowledge and demonstrable experience in gardening on a horticulturally diverse estate, ideally within a historic garden setting open to the public; health and safety knowledge from a training and practical aspect; experience of supervising volunteers and staff; and the ability to maintain and repair machinery.  Excellent time and staff management skills are essential, as is a good level of physical fitness and the willingness to lead by example. A minimum of RHS Level 2 is required and Certificates PA1/PA6 are desirable.


CVs and applications by e-mail only please to Marianne@IfordManor.co.uk