Careers at Ballymore

Head Gardener

  • Department
  • Location
  • Job type
  • Estate Management
  • West London
  • Full-Time

Job Description

Key responsibilities

  • Leading from the front and working closely with your team
  • Health and safety, staff development, work scheduling and the security of all equipment.
  • Act as the Company’s representative in all matters relating to the day to day management of the gardens.
  • A creative eye for floral bedding designs and plant selection is also important.
  • Working within this team and with a keen eye for detail you will have a passion for gardening in prestigious gardens; a professional all-round knowledge of garden
  • maintenance tasks; and an understanding of what it means to provide a “best in
  • class” service to residents.
  • Being positive, team focused and competent in using a range of horticultural machinery, for example hedge trimmers, lawn mowers and other specialist equipment.
  • You also need to have good range of traditional gardening skill such as pruning, clipping topiary, seasonal bed planting and tending to trees, shrubs and exotics.
  • Maintain fuel and fluid levels for all types of equipment daily and ensure all equipment is clean and in safe working order.
  • Follow department policies, procedures and service standards.

Main Duties

  • Day to day responsibility for ensuring the standard of landscaping throughout the extensive grounds of Embassy Gardens Estate.
  • Adhere to SOP’s, SLA’s and KPI’s set by the management team and develop improvement plans for consideration and implementation.
  • Tasks include but are not limited to;
  • Maintenance of all planted beds, borders, podium gardens, verges, banks, pots, troughs, ponds, trees (where appropriate).
  • To cut, prune, thin or otherwise maintain planting to ensure health and longevity of planting and maximise aesthetic appearance, encouraging wildlife where possible.
  • To maintain all borders so as clearly defined with neat edging to ensure definition.
  • To fill gaps or voids with planting from around the development or draft proposals to fill any voids with new planting, to be agreed by Housekeeping & Grounds Manager.
  • To select and install planting from local suppliers having sought budget approval from Housekeeping and Grounds Manager.
  • To liaise, where appropriate, with FM engineers or sub-contractors on irrigations issues or improvements.
  • To seed and feed planting as appropriate and manage weed growth on all areas of the estate including any pathways, paving, living roof gardens.
  • To maintain and enhance, where possible, living roofs encouraging wildlife.
  • To sweep or otherwise tidy paths and borders and where gravel, mulch or other encroaches other areas.
  • To safely use appropriate chemicals to kill invasive weeds, manage moss growth or to support the growth of planting.
  • Where there are lawns, to maintain and enhance appearance with the appropriate use of chemicals, equipment and deliver straight line finish.
  • To remove any litter, debris or discarded items from the grounds, recycling where possible.
  • To clear leaves and dispose of all cuttings in the appropriate manner as set out by the Local Authority.
  • To turn the soil, where appropriate (mindful of irrigation) and enhance areas by use of gravel, mulch or other.
  • To meet with local stakeholders such as the grounds team at the US Embassy, to deliver on a wider area strategy, collaborate and share experience, knowledge, ideas.
  • To meticulously showcase the Ballymore brand.
  • Engage with our customers inviting their feedback or suggestions for follow up and action with the support of Housekeeping and Grounds Manager.
  • Liaise with any Residents Association or subcommittee, follow up actions and discuss future works with the support of Housekeeping and Grounds Manager.

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