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Productive Gardener – Kitchen Gardens


The Lost Gardens of Heligan are looking to recruit a Productive Gardener to join their experienced and dedicated team.

Reporting to

Garden and Estate Manager

Head of Gardens

Productive Gardens Supervisor

Role Overview

We pride ourselves on our high standards.  As a Productive Gardener here you will carry out numerous gardening duties, requiring a minimum amount of supervision including –

  • Soil cultivation:  digging, forking, hoeing, mulching, watering, edging, raking and weeding
  • Bed preparation and planting:  weeding, planting, pruning, harvesting and watering.
  • To propagate a range of vegetables, flowers and herbs from seed under glass and in situ.
  • Any other horticultural tasks required to maintain the highest standards in the garden.
  • Engaging and enthusing our visitors of all ages, answer their questions and inspire them.
  • The use and maintenance of hand tools and basic light machinery.


Candidates need to:

  • demonstrate strong previous knowledge and experience of productive gardening.
  • demonstrate a genuine interest in growing heritage fruit, vegetables and flowers.
  • be physically fit for digging, lifting, carrying, etc.

Qualities you will need to display

The successful candidate will:

  • Be passionate about gardening
  • Be willing to work outside in all weathers
  • Be able to produce and maintain a consistently high quality finish in the garden.
  • Be hard working and adaptable to change
  • Have good communication skills and be happy to talk to our visitors
  • Be able to work independently but also have a strong understanding of the importance of teamwork
  • Be willing to help out in other departments when needed

In return you will be rewarded with

  • Staff benefit scheme including free family entry to Eden and Heligan during employment and discounts on local attractions and retail.
  • Free Parking
  • Sociable hours with no shift work
  • Discounts on retail within the Gardens and any associated companies
  • Discounted staff meals within our tea rooms.



Closing Date

11th October 2019

How to apply

Please send your CV along with a personal statement (no more than 1 side of A4) explaining why you would be great in this role, to [email protected]