Estate Groundsman

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Our client, based in Basildon, are looking for an experienced groundsman / gardener to maintain and oversee a large private estate, comprising of approximately 100 acres of land, including the upkeep of two formal gardens; an orchard; greenhouses, associated out buildings and a small lake.

This is a physically demanding role, the successful applicant will be operating heavy equipment, working outdoors in all weather conditions and the work is physically demanding. As well a good understanding of health and safety you will also need to have a driving licence. This is a full time permanent position reporting to the Estate Manager. You will be part of a small team of groundsman/gardeners.

Maintenance and improvement of newly created and original gardens, including:

• Grass cutting
• Weeding
• Pruning fruit trees and roses
• Trimming hedges and topiary
• Sourcing and planting bedding plants within agreed budget
• Growing plants from seed and cuttings for planting throughout the estate
• Growing and harvesting produce within the greenhouses and kitchen garden for consumption by the estate residents/workers
• Clearance of all leaves and other autumn/winter debris
• Composting of all relevant material
• Management of irrigation system
• Watering non-automated sections
• Maintenance of all hardscape areas in a clean condition, by sweeping/pressure washing as required
• Ensuring all lighting is working effectively, engaging professional advice as necessary
• Maintenance of water features, keeping clean and free from debris
• Commissioning and managing specialists, experts, or contractors, as approved by the Head of Operations
• Other tasks as assigned

Ground Area:
Maintenance of established hedgerows and parkland, including:
• Operation of tractor mounted equipment
• Operation of ‘sit and ride’ mowing equipment
• Biennial hedge cutting
• Infill hedge planting
• Supervision of established trees to identify ‘dead, dying and diseased’ for arboricultural management, as required
• Regular watering of newly planted Lime Tree Avenue in the growing season
• Clearance of all autumn/winter debris
• Maintenance of fountains
• Cleaning of gutters and pipework
• Maintenance and upkeep of gates

Maintain and oversee main house and outbuildings, including:
• Overseeing security arrangements, seeking professional assistance as necessary.
• Maintenance of swimming pool (yet to be constructed)
• Maintain and upkeep greenhouses
• Coordinate and manage all remedial and repair activity
• Complete minor maintenance tasks as required
• Oversee decorating of interior & exterior as required

Maintenance and overview of all company premises, including hard and soft landscaping. Undertaking repair and upkeep as and when necessary.

Maintenance of all equipment and tools on the estate, including:
• Routine maintenance of all tools and equipment, ensuring regular servicing and repair, where required
• Identifying equipment ‘gaps’ to improve efficiency and recommending appropriate sourcing options.

• Driving duties as and when required

Additional Duties
• Execute ‘Ad-Hoc’ requirements as necessary
• Other duties as assigned

• Self-motivated person who can act on own initiative with minimal supervision and direction
• Ability to lead and manage all garden and grounds related activity
• Flexible
• Full, clean British Drivers Licence
• No criminal record

• Knowledgeable and experienced practical gardener
• Qualifications desirable (relevant NVQ)
• Good interpersonal skills
• Good time manager, capable of developing and working to a well ordered plan
• Capable of basic general equipment maintenance
• Highly trustworthy

If you feel you have the relevant skills and you are looking for a new challenge then
please send an up to date CV to

PLEASE NOTE – Due to the levels of applications I will receive on this role I will only be taking applications via email or on

Reed Specialist Recruitment Limited is an employment agency and employment business

Reference: 36197384

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