Location: UNITED KINGDOM, Scotland, Argyll, Morvern
  • Competitive Salary /year
  • Housing inclusive of council tax. Work place pension and 30 days holiday per annum
Job type: Permanent, Full time
  • Gardener
  • Couple
  • Co-Management Couple
Date: Friday 7th February 2020
Closing date: Monday 2nd March 2020
Employer's reference: Ard1
Our reference: BOX28487
Jobs available: 2
Job description:

Job description


Ardtornish seeks to strengthen its team by appointing a highly skilled and experienced Head Gardener to lead a small department, and Deputy Gardener, to provide practical leadership of the gardens’ enterprise. The combined roles may appeal to a couple.

Through sustainable garden and landscape management assist to maintain and enrich the natural and cultural heritage of the estate. 


We are a thriving, commercially-managed estate on Morvern, owned by the Raven family, and spanning some 35,000 acres wrapped around the beautiful banks of Loch Aline. Our diverse business includes renewable energy, tourism, woodland and property management, and farming.

Established in the 19th century, the estate has a walled kitchen garden which incorporates an orchard, several poly tunnels producing fruit, vegetables and flowers, a prominent 25-acre garden that surrounds the Grade A-listed Victorian mansion house, and numerous holiday-let gardens, along with the wider estate hedges and trees.

Company Mission Statement

To run a profitable and business-like estate, to maintain and enrich its natural and cultural heritage, and to develop sustainably its value for the benefit of both the family and the community. To keep the place in good heart, to make it somewhere that feels, looks and is healthy, happy, enterprising and well run. To promote it to visitors and the wider world. To see its natural assets of landscape, wildlife and an increasingly strong community as the foundations of its business spany Mission Statementuccess and to ensure that any development does not degrade or erode them.

Duties and responsibilities

The gardens are divided into four distinct areas.

Kitchen Garden

•Responsible for productive growing of all the fruit, vegetables, cut flowers and plants in our 1.5 acre walled garden. To provide a year-round vegetable box scheme to clients visiting our thriving holiday-let enterprise, to the wider local community, and to the estate’s small retail outlet.

•You will also be responsible for the selection and management of volunteers through the WWOOFER programme. 

Ardtornish Gardens

•Ensuring the conservation, practical maintenance and development of the 25-acre garden– whether through delegation to other staff/volunteers, or personal participation 

•All aspects of practical horticulture to include: managing trees and shrubs, roses, herbaceous plants and bulbs; turf care; pest, disease and weed control; composting and soil improvement; hard-landscaping; path care, plant propagation; tree care, arboriculture techniques.

•Plantsmanship, including: Identification, recording and labelling of individual plants and more notably our extensive rhododendron and eucryphia collection for which our garden is renowned.

•Research and design to guide us with development plans for the garden and wider landscape. 

Cottage Gardens

•Manage and develop the diverse portfolio of cottage gardens.

Wider Estate

•Annual grounds maintenance to include: Strimming, pruning, shrub and hedge cutting, leaf blowing and general litter picking.

•Tree management


•Effectively manage and motivate the gardening team including contractors and volunteers. Ensure training and development of competencies to deliver all agreed standards are met. 

•Ensure the gardens team work in a safe, secure and compliant environment including appropriate use of PPE and that all garden machinery is properly serviced and maintained at all times and is safe to use. 

•Ensuring a high standard of customer service as our gardens are integral to the Ardtornish visitor experience.

•Take an active role in making the Ardtornish Ecological Restoration Plan a reality.

Job requirements

Qualifications, skills & knowledge

•Excellent plant knowledge and a genuine passion for horticulture are essential.

•The successful candidates will hold a suitable formal professional qualification in horticulture and landscape management or equivalent with extensive practical experience in horticultural techniques.

•Excellent plantsmanship is essential along with the ability to identify a wide range of plants, pests and diseases, together with knowledge of their requirements to thrive.

•Proven staff management experience essential.

•Proven leadership and communication skills, ideally in a horticultural context. 

•A good level of health and safety processes and procedures knowledge is important. Competency in the operation and maintenance of a wide variety of garden machinery is also required. This should include: rotavators, mini tractor, mowers and brush cutters, leaf blowers, chainsaws and electric vehicles.

•Advanced Chainsaw certificates desirable 

•PA1 and PA6 spraying certificates is desirable but not essential and applicants must hold a full UK driving licence with category E 

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