Vacancy for Gardener



Job Description

  • To help maintain and enhance the gardens and grounds surrounding the Castle. These include herbaceous borders, kitchen garden, fruit trees, roses, lawns, hedges, glasshouses, woodland and drives and paths.
  • Duties will include:
    Seasonal maintenance and ongoing development of herbaceous borders
    Shrub rose border and rose parterre maintenance
    Kitchen garden (productive and ornamental) development and maintenance
    Watering – glasshouses, nursery stock and borders
    Mowing (ride-on and pedestrian), edging and strimming of formal lawns and other grassed areas
    Hedge trimming – Yew, Box and Thorn including topiary
    Tree work
    Pest and disease monitoring
    Weed killing drives and paths
    Operation of a varied range of horticultural machinery
  • You will be working as part of a team of four gardeners with additional trainees and seasonal staff.
  • Compliance with the Trust’s health and safety policy and all health and safety rules and regulations for the better and safer execution of all day to day work.
  • To undergo any other training that might reasonably be needed for the better performance of the gardener’s role.
  • To be flexible in the approach to work hours to help cope with emergencies and other unforeseen occurrences.
  • Any other tasks that may reasonably be required to aid in the maintenance and care of the garden and grounds.


Personal Specification

The successful applicant is likely to have the following abilities:

  • Ideally a formal horticultural qualification to National Diploma/RHS level 2/3
  • Minimum five years practical experience in similar position
  • PA 1+6, basic chainsaw certificates
  • Full driving licence
  • Good, varied plant knowledge and the associated maintenance and propagation requirements
  • Experience of the use of garden tractors and various implements
  • Experience of the use of ride-on and pedestrian mowers
  • Basic mechanical knowledge
  • Physically fit to meet demands of the job and able to work in all weather conditions as required
  • Experience of health and safety regulations with regard for own and others safety]
  • Punctual but with a willingness to be flexible with time
  • Self-motivated and driven individual able to work solely and as part of a team
  • A “can do now” attitude

Outline of Conditions of Employment

Detailed terms of employment will be prepared at the interview stage in the selection process, but the brief details are:

  • Employer :The employer is the Grimsthorpe and Drummond Castle Trust Limited, and the gardener is responsible to the Head Gardener.
  • Start date: To be agreed, but probably spring 2015.
  • Contract Term: This is a permanent position subject to satisfactory performance. There will be a formal performance assessment after 6 months and 12 months.
  • Hours of work: 8.00am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday. In addition there is a weekend greenhouse duty rota, with time off in lieu for these hours. There is a breakfast break and a ¾ hour lunch break. No overtime is paid.
  • Salary: The salary will be dependent upon age, aptitude, experience and whether accommodation is required but is likely to be in the range £16,000 – £20,000, payable monthly by bank transfer on about 20th of the month.
  • Pension: The employee will be eligible to join a contributory pension scheme after six months’ employment. The employee’s contribution is 3% of salary and the employer’s contribution is 7% of salary. All employees benefit from free life insurance.
  • Holiday: The holiday entitlement is four weeks plus bank holidays.
  •  Sickness: During absence from work due to sickness, full salary will be paid for the first month of absence. Thereafter any payment over and above SSP will be at the discretion of the employer.
  • Housing: Accommodation is available and can be provided on terms to be agreed.



References will be required for those invited for an interview and these will be followed up by a telephone conversation with those acting as referees. A reference from your current employer will be required, but this will not be sought until an offer of employment has been made.

Background Information

The Gardens

Grimsthorpe Castle has been the home of the Willoughby de Eresby family since 1516. A garden surrounding the Castle has been in existence for at least 500 years and the sense of history and family continuity is very much part of the horticultural heritage. Today, the gardens cover an area of around 35 acres and include herbaceous borders, formal hedging and topiary, a rose parterre, an ornamental kitchen garden, orchards, woodland areas with bulbs and wild flowers, formal and informal lawns and a range of glasshouses. There are also garden areas and planters forming part of the visitor facilities. The Old Walled Garden is currently being developed to house an exhibition of Memorial Art. The surrounding Park is listed on the English Heritage register.

The Trust

In 1978 the family created a charitable trust, the Grimsthorpe and Drummond Castle Trust Limited, to own and run the Grimsthorpe Estate and Drummond Castle in Perthshire and to safeguard their future.

Lady Willoughby de Eresby is currently Chairman of the Trust with six co-directors. The administration and day to day management of the Estates is handled by the Estate Office at Grimsthorpe.

The Grimsthorpe Estate is a large rural property in an attractive area of South Lincolnshire.

To apply for this post please email your CV to Helen Langman or post to The Estate Office, Grimsthorpe, Bourne, PE10 0LY.