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Gardener - Worcester

The National Trust
Worcester, Worcestershire
13,010 pa
Closing date
18 May 2022
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Gardener - Worcester


If you want a career in Gardening, we can offer you some of the most beautiful outdoor spaces in the UK to work in as well as one of the largest plant collections in Europe. 
The Firs, Elgar's birthplace, has a variety of outdoor spaces including the cottage garden with herbaceous borders; an orchard and a small woodland area.

What it's like to work here

The Firs, Elgar's birthplace, is an important site both regionally and nationally as we tell the story of how a man born in a humble cottage in the Worcestershire countryside became the musical genius we now know. You'll be part of the South Worcestershire Outdoors team, although you'll be mainly working in the garden alone or with our volunteers. You'll be helping the team at The Firs welcome visitors, and your main task will be to keep the outdoor spaces looking fantastic.

What you'll be doing

As a hands-on Gardener, you'll make sure that the gardens are maintained to a high standard. You'll be passionate and knowledgeable about the varied plants within the garden. You'll carry out a range of practical horticultural tasks to develop, enhance and conserve the garden. You'll do any hard and soft landscaping required, and maintain the garden, by mulching, pruning, leaf clearing and weeding.  
You'll look after trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants. You'll cut the hedges and mow the lawns. You'll also lead the garden volunteers and help them to make the most of their time here every Wednesday. You'll work with the public when the place is open and help out with gardening workshops, tours and events when needed. You'll be duty managing on occasion and there will be some weekend working.

Who we're looking for

To be successful in this role you should be able to demonstrate the below:

  • Trained as a professional gardener/horticulturalist with a good level of practical experience.
  • RHS Level 2 or equivalent.
  • Have proven practical gardening/horticulture experience, as well as a strong knowledge of plants
  • Confidence to participate in garden activities and events
  • Competence with machinery/equipment use and maintenance; including tractors, chainsaws, and pedestrian mowers with accreditation as required for Health and Safety compliance.

The package

The National Trust has the motto ‘For everyone, for ever’ at its heart. We’re working hard to create an inclusive culture, where everyone feels they belong. It’s important that our people reflect and represent the diversity of the communities and audiences we serve. We welcome and value difference, so when we say we’re for everyone, we want everyone to be welcome in our teams too.

Wherever you’re from, and whatever your background, we want to hear from you – and it doesn’t matter if you’re jam first, cream first, or even if you don’t like scones at all. Everyone is welcome.

Benefits for working at the National Trust include:

  • Flexible working whenever possible
  • Free parking at most locations
  • Free entry to our properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18)
  • Substantial pension scheme of up to 10% basic salary

Click here to find out more about the benefits we offer to support you.


The National Trust is committed to promoting and preserving those places of natural beauty and historic interest for which it has the privilege to be responsible for the benefit of the nation, for everyone for ever.

The Trust is proud of what has been achieved over the last 126 years and is determined to maintain those high standards of conservation, stewardship and curatorial care for which it has been recognised throughout the world.

Its achievements have enabled the general public and the Trust’s members and visitors to enjoy and appreciate the countryside, coastline, gardens, historic buildings and collections, all of which encapsulate so much of the history of England, Wales and Northern Ireland. There is a duty to tell that history in a complete, balanced and accurate way, and without judgement.

The National Trust continues as a guardian of the past, and for the future, to uphold its duty to maintain and enhance what has been entrusted to its care.

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