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Gardener - Upper Sheringham

The National Trust
Sheringham, Norfolk
24,843 pa
Closing date
29 May 2024

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Gardener - Upper Sheringham


As a Gardener for the National Trust, you’ll be a hands-on member of the Countryside Team, involved in every aspect of gardening at Sheringham Park. Responsible for day-to-day maintenance, and the highest standards of horticulture, you’ll also play a vital role in improving the experience of visitors to the garden and wider estates. The Wild Garden is going through a major refresh at the moment, so this is a really exiting time to be part of the team.

You'll be part of a rota working weekends and bank holidays.

What it's like to work here

Reporting to the Countryside Manager, you'll be based at Sheringham, but you'll also spend up to half of your time with the Ranger team across Sheringham, Felbrigg and West Runton estates. Roles within the Sheringham Park team are highly sought after, and the team pride themselves on working to the highest standards.

Popular Sheringham Park is Humphry Repton favourite work. The rolling landscaped park with its wild garden, woods and waymarked trails running down to the coast is great for family days out. The wild garden contains probably the most important collection of rhododendrons on the east coast and an expanding arboretum. 

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What you'll be doing

You'll be helping to keep the garden and estates in great condition. This will include helping us to develop our arboretum and trying to prepare the garden and Rhododendron collection for climate change, checks to make sure all areas are safe for people visiting, routine tasks such as weeding, pruning, planting, staking, mulching, and using machinery such as hedge cutters, leaf blowers, lawnmowers and tractors.  

Other duties include propagation, recording and enhancing our plants collections and supporting the design of new plantings.

Who we're looking for

We'd love to hear from you if you’re: 

  • an enthusiastic horticulturist and hands-on gardener, who’s worked with trees and shrubs before
  • knowledgeable about plants, with a great eye for detail
  • experienced with machinery, including tractors, chainsaws, mowers, and with some knowledge of maintenance
  • a driver with a full licence
  • ability to manage a demanding outdoor role
  • good at talking to, and getting on with, all kinds of people
  • equally confident working within a team, with volunteers or on your own
  • able to keep to time, plan and meet deadlines

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.

• Substantial pension scheme of up to 10% basic salary

• Free entry to National Trust places for you, a guest and your children (under 18)

• Tax-free childcare scheme

• Rental deposit loan scheme

• Season ticket loan

• EV car lease scheme 

• Perks at work discounts such as gym memberships, shopping discount codes, cinema discounts

• Holiday allowance up to 32 days relating to length of service, plus holiday purchase scheme, subject to meeting minimum criteria.

• Flexible working whenever possible

• Employee assistance programme

• Free parking at most Trust places

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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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