A wonderful opportunity has arisen for a Skilled Gardener to join the small team at a prestigious hotel estate in the Cotswolds, located to the east of Cheltenham. Having been designed by a seven-time Chelsea Gold Medal Winner, the gardens have been developed as a sequence, each highlighting the quintessential Cotswolds countryside in which the hotel is positioned. Surrounding the historic Cotswold Stone building itself, the garden consists in part of manicured lawns and a wildflower meadow, leading down to the River Eye on one side. A lake and rare bog garden, featuring a 19th century ice house, plays host to some fascinating plant species that provide a unique atmosphere to the character area. A walled garden, herb garden, espalier fruit trees, walled borders and colourful flowers provide the highlight of the rear of the property. The garden has been designed to impress throughout the seasons, and so provides plenty of interest and pleasure for visitors and existing gardeners alike. A Skilled Gardener is now required to manage one other gardener on a full-time permanent basis. The new candidate will be responsible for taking care of the 8-acre grounds under the property manager, and working alongside the original designer and property owner in order to develop and improve the gardens horticulturally and aesthetically. As such, you must be a strong horticulturalist with a personality suited to interaction with interested guests. You must therefore also be presentable, with a positive attitude and a good work ethic. The ideal candidate will hold a spray certificate, an academic horticultural qualification and experience in the operation of a range of garden machinery and equipment. Some supervisory experience would be beneficial, as you will be partially responsible for the direction of one under gardener. This is an excellent opportunity to work in a stunning garden alongside a highly-respected garden designer and horticulturalist, and for genuinely passionate owners.
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