The Queen is advertising for a £22k-a-year gardener to keep her lawns at Buckingham Palace maintained to an ‘exceptional standard’ – The Sun

FANCY working at Buckingham Palace? The Queen is on the hunt for a gardener to help keep the stunning grounds looking “exceptional”.

The green-fingered candidate will have ownership of their own section within the royal gardens, which “thousands will admire”.

The advert on the Royal Household website says the senior position is an “opportunity to make your mark”.

The chosen gardener will earn around £22,000-a-year, depending on experience, and they will help to deliver the palace’s annual plan of maintenance and work.

The ad says: “Leading a small team, you’ll organise and allocate daily tasks, as well carrying out some of the work yourself, from all important lawn maintenance, to caring for shrub, herbaceous and rose borders.

“Helping to shape the future of the gardens, you'll have creative input into planting new shrubberies, bulbs and seasonal flower displays, ensuring that they continue to provide a spectacular setting for the palace.

“You’ll also grow your management skills, monitoring Health & Safety and training records, as well as guiding the performance and development of the team.

“And conserving the garden’s rich biodiversity, as well as its unique history, will continue to inspire you.”

But mowing a lawn to a royal standard isn’t the only requirement.

The palace are looking for people with a “passion for horticulture”, who have this backed up by a relevant degree such as an NVQ3 or Botanic Diploma in Horticulture.

It explains: “You’ll have previous experience carrying out cyclical maintenance for a high quality landscape garden, ideally within a historic environment.

“This means you have excellent knowledge of lawn maintenance, and cultivating a broad range of trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants.

“Able to demonstrate a range of horticultural craft skills, you’ll be well equipped to use the wide range of garden machinery we have here, including rotary machines and large mowers.”

You will also need a clean UK driving license, as driving a lorry is part of the duties.

But given the royal family’s love of nature, you could spot some very famous visitors during your working day.

Kate Middleton previously told schoolchildren that she likes to go on ‘spider hunts’ with Prince George and Princess Charlotte in their garden.

Meanwhile, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have split up at Madame Tussauds to reflect duchess’ ‘celebrity status’ over her royal ties.

We shared how Meghan and Harry will be known as the Earl and Countess of Dumbarton when they ‘visit Scotland this summer’.

And the frugal Queen uses bedsheets from the Royal Yacht Britannia that was decommissioned in 1997.


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