Gardener (Lambeth Palace)

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£23,808 p.a. rising to £24,404 p.a. after probation

This post gives an excellent opportunity to work in a large organic garden in central London. The staff at Lambeth Palace work as a small and close-knit team, supporting each other at busy times with flexibility and good humour.

The Archbishop of Canterbury is an internationally significant religious leader, and the garden at Lambeth serves as a place of quiet retreat for him and his family. The garden is also open to the staff of Lambeth Palace and to the many visitors who attend meetings and conferences at the site each day.

Founded in 1197, comprising an area of 10 acres, it is one of the largest historic gardens in London. The garden team work together sensitive to the site's past but responding also to the needs and pressures of the present day. The garden is in a moment of transition, with various exciting planting projects planned for the next few years

In this key role, you will join our small team of experienced gardeners, helping to ensure that the garden and grounds are maintained to an exceptional standard, while extending a warm and inclusive approach to all other members of staff and visitors to the garden.

You will also provide high quality support to the Head Gardener and help ensure that the detailed schedules of gardening work can be effectively delivered.

Professional, proactive, respectful and courteous, you will be comfortable representing a large and significant organisation as part of the Archbishop of Canterbury's gardening team.

This post is offered on a permanent contract after the successful completion of a probation period of six months.

In return we offer a unique environment with opportunities for continuous learning, a 35-hour working week and generous annual leave for work life balance, season ticket loans and a range of benefits including discounted entry to attractions, and an extremely attractive non-contributory pension scheme.

The main responsibilities for this role are;

  • Working alongside the teams of garden volunteers, supporting them and giving them guidance as needed.
  • Bringing a positive approach to working in the small team of full-time gardeners, supporting colleagues to help foster a friendly and peaceful working environment.
  • Carrying out gardening tasks alone in a safe and responsible manner if required.
  • Ability to follow Health and Safety policy as indicated, and to play a part in ensuring the work place is kept safe and that all working there are doing so in a safe manner.
  • Regular mowing to keep lawn areas in top condition, while carrying out other turf care activities such as edging and aerating.
  • Assisting with border work to the highest standard, showing an understanding of different plant types, monitoring and nurturing them as they grow.
  • Assisting with the care of trees, shrubs and climbers, able to follow instructions closely regarding pruning, pleaching and topiary.
  • Assisting with the garden's propagation programme.
  • Helping to shape the future of the garden by taking a key role in planting projects to develop and further enhance this extraordinary garden.
  • Assisting colleagues with the preparation and staffing of Garden Open Days for charity.
  • General understanding and interest regarding the principles and practices of organic gardening.

The ideal candidate must have;



  • Proven experience in a professional gardening role is essential.
  • Professional, respectful and courteous manner.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and an understanding of how to relate appropriately and confidently to a variety of people, from senior managers to colleagues, from volunteers to the general public.
  • Having an interest in organic gardening principles.
  • Comfortable representing a large and significant organisation.
  • High attention to detail including a high standard of accuracy when following instructions and directions.
  • Organised and efficient, able to prioritise and work on your own initiative.
  • Physically fit, able to dig, to lift and carry, and to work from heights.
  • Evidence of previous experience working successfully in a small team.
  • Studying for or holding a formal qualification in horticulture.
  • Basic IT knowledge


  • Educated to A-Level standard or equivalent.

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