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Market Garden Seasonal Support - part-time & full-time

Heckfield Park Farm Limited
Hook, Hampshire

Posted: 5 May 2022

Deadline: 19 Jun 2022

Compensation: £9.61 per hour or £11.05 per hour

Paid Full-time Part-time Fixed term / contract


Job description

Heckfield Estates is looking for seasonal full-time and part-time gardeners for our Market Garden.

Whether or not you have had experience in a similar role, we are looking for people who have an interest in working outdoors in our Market Garden and who will share our vision and values.

We have work available Mondays through Sundays. We are ideally looking for team members to work with us on a regular basis through the spring and summer seasons, however we will be happy to discuss your availability on an individual basis.

Our casual and seasonal gardeners will be assisting our passionate and knowledgeable Market Garden team. This offers a great opportunity to work in a biodynamic and sustainable environment and will bring you exposure to our 5-acre, biodynamic market garden. Some of the duties you may be involved in could include:

  • Maintenance and monitoring of crops
  • Harvesting, cleaning and packing
  • Planting and aftercare of crops
  • Ground preparation
  • Propagation from seed, cuttings and division
  • Managing pests and diseases

The certified organic and biodynamic market garden is set over 5 acres, with a large state-of-the-art propagating glasshouse and five polytunnels supporting the vegetable and soft fruit growing that supply the hotels two restaurants with beautiful, truly seasonal and delicious produce. There is a young orchard, with more than 500 apple, pear and stoned fruit trees; which is also presently home to our bees.

The estate also grows over an acre of cut flowers for the 45 bedrooms and the other rooms at Heckfield Place, which is located on the estate.

The market garden is set within the original 340-acre Home Farm, a mixed arable and livestock farm (certified organic, and following biodynamic principles).  Suffolk sheep and saddleback pigs graze the land and flocks of chickens supply eggs for the kitchens. A herd of Guernsey cows arrived in late 2019 along with a purpose built dairy to produce our own milk, butter, cream, yogurt and, eventually, cheese.

We are working on something very special in these lovely grounds and we would be pleased to hear from you.

Only applicants with the Right to Work in the UK should apply.

We are an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons.

Application information

Please contact hr@heckfieldestates.com

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About Heckfield Park Farm Limited

The market garden is set over 5 acres, with a large state-of-the-art propagating glasshouse and five polytunnels supporting the vegetable and soft fruit growing, that supply the hotel's two restaurants with beautiful, truly seasonal and delicious produce. There is a young orchard, with more than 500 apple, pear and stoned fruit trees, which is home to our bees and organic chickens. The market garden certified organic and currently in Year 3 conversion to full biodynamic certification.