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Gardener - Chertsey, Surrey

Thorpe Park
Chertsey, Surrey
Closing date
15 Feb 2024

Job Details

Gardener - Chertsey, Surrey

Job Type: Full Time

Roles & Responsibilities

This is a key role within our busy Technical Services Landscape and conservation team. You will help the Landscape and conservation department to deliver excellent levels of both soft and hard landscaping as well as assisting in elements of Arboriculture ensuring Thorpe Park Resort is efficiently presented to the highest standards possible. You will be encouraged to work closely, safely and flexibly with your colleagues from all Technical Services teams if required, principally supporting hard landscaping activities and ride area maintenance.

Qualifications & Experience

  • Overall presentation of the Landscaped areas of the resort to be kept at a high standard. This includes the shaping of hedges, mowing of lawns, the general care of plants both on the main park and around our plant nursery. Furthermore you may be required in supporting your manager to identify planting schemes and sourcing plant stock from suppliers at best value.
  • Maintaining Ride Area safety – ensuring ride clearances are always fully and appropriately maintained, identifying and supporting manager with any Arboriculture or other works required. Ride stoppage due to plant growth encroaching into ride envelope is unsafe, expensive and effects guest experience.
  • Using the wide range of landscaping machinery available, safely and efficiently maintain grass and hedging throughout the guest facing areas to the highest standard. For back of house areas, grass and hedge maintenance standards of maintenance need to be balanced within budgets considerations.
  • The Merlin Trees safety policy is a key document, with that in mind ensure the tree profile on the main park and wider estate are managed safety and correctly.
  • Supporting fencing or pavement repairs and reinstatement where needed within landscape areas when manager allows
  • Support your team to help develop robust safe systems of work that will support a safety-first culture within your team.
  • Ensure all landscaping equipment is safe to use, inspect and maintain as required, working with your manager to develop planned maintenance with support from contractors (Farols) as required.


  • Proven horticultural or grounds maintenance experience of five years or more, covering the care and maintenance of the range of planting and - parkland Thorpe Park Resort offers.
  • City and Guilds level 2, RHS level 2 qualifications or equivalent level of workplace experience within Horticulture preferable.
  • Arboriculture, Hard landscaping, or Conservation within parkland environment desirable.
  • Excellent organisational skills with the ability to work using your own initiative, in the absence of management being available to guide or support.
  • Experience and training in safe use of heavy landscaping equipment in use at Thorpe Park Resort.



‘What’s in it for me?’ I hear you ask!

  • Alongside a competitive salary...
  • 28 days holiday (including bank holidays)
  • Group Personal Pension Plan
  • FREE tickets to our Merlin attractions worldwide
  • 40% discount on LEGO online
  • • Training & Development opportunities within Thorpe Park and Merlin Entertainments globally
  • ...and much more!

At Merlin we welcome the world to our magical attractions and resorts every day and we want to reflect that same multicultural mix inside our business too. We strive to create an inclusive and diverse workplace where people can be themselves, have the same opportunities and thrive together. Because at Merlin, everyone matters!

Together, we work to create a workplace where everyone feels valued, no matter their age, race, gender, disability or sexual orientation. Although we understand that we'll always be learning and growing, we aim to be the most inclusive and flexible employer in our industry.


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