Head Gardener

Private estate

Exciting opportunity to head the outdoor team at a 60 acre estate in East Devon

An exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic, knowledgeable and experienced full time Head Gardener to head the outdoor team at a 60 acre estate near Honiton in East Devon.

The estate has formal gardens including lawns, borders, a formal rose garden, woodland garden, cutting garden, vegetable garden, herb garden, fruit cage, green house and polytunnel.  The wider grounds include parkland, woodland, fields, stream, and a small lake.
The successful applicant will have excellent knowledge of all aspects of horticulture and past experience of managing a similar estate.  They will be able to work harmoniously as part of an established larger staff team, and also be able to take charge and lead their own team of outdoor workers.  They will be a happy, enthusiastic, and pro-active individual, able to work independently but also happy to take direction. They should have a keen eye for detail and top standards.
Working hours are 45-hour week, with flexibility on days and times depending on the season and projects being undertaken.  Some weekend work may be required.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Maintaining and developing the formal gardens including formal lawns, hedging, formal beds, herbaceous borders, topiary, a walled garden, knot garden, rose gardens, a pond, stream and a small lake.
  • Cultivation of fruit and vegetables, growing many from seed
  • Glass house, Polly tunnel, fruit cage and kitchen garden
  • All aspects of lawn and plant care, including pest and disease identification, feeding, pruning, watering and weeding.
  • Responsibility for an outdoor team who carry out skilled gardening, general garden and grounds maintenance work
  • Working to agreed budgets and maintaining records
  • Responsible for liaising with outdoor contractors where necessary.
  • There is an all weather tennis court & cricket wicket and  a grass football field
  • Occasional support to colleagues where appropriate.
  • Any other duties requested, appropriate to the role.

Profile requirement

  • Previous experience working as a head gardener for a private family
  • Experience of working in formal gardens as well as larger estates.
  • A keen eye for detail and knowledge of plants, trees, fruit and vegetables
  • RHS (or similar) qualifications preferred
  • Full driver’s licence
  • Hard-working, reliable, flexible and self-motivated


To apply, please send your CV and covering letter to vacancieslfo@outlook.com