Yorkshire’s famous floral landmark Newby Hall is on the search for a new head gardener to look after its magnificent 40 acres of gardens and woodland – including its flagship double herbaceous border, one of the longest in the country.
Newby’s much-loved gardens are visited by over a hundred thousand people every year and often feature on film and TV. Taking centre stage is the eye-catching 172-metre-long double border, celebrated for being the longest in a private garden in the UK, and the new head gardener will be in charge of looking after its 6,500 plants, as well as those in 14 other stunning garden ‘rooms’, two heritage orchards and 30 acres of woodland.
With a team of six, the head gardener will be charged with creating the best garden in the north of England and will follow in the successful footsteps of current head gardener Mark Jackson, who has overseen Newby for the last 20 years. Mark is moving onto the gardening team of York Gate Garden in Leeds, and so Newby’s owners Richard and Lucinda Compton are looking to hand over the horticultural reins to someone new.
Lucinda Compton said: “The gardens at Newby Hall are world famous and so we’re looking for someone who can really make them shine. Over the last decade we’ve developed them significantly and we’d like to continue doing that for future generations. If you are visionary but hands-on, have a great work ethic and think you can be a brilliant ambassador for Newby then we’d love to hear from you.”
Already a star of film and screen productions such as Peaky Blinders, Victoria, Gentleman Jack and the ABC Murders, Newby Hall will step further into the spotlight next year when the popular three-day Harrogate Autumn Flower Show moves site to its grounds.
Anyone interested in the role should apply in writing with CV to: The Agent, The Estate Office, Newby Hall, Ripon, North Yorkshire HG4 5AE or by email to email@example.com.
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NOTES TO EDITORS
- Newby Hall is a William and Mary house located between Ripon and Boroughbridge in North Yorkshire, built in the 1690s until the guidance of Christopher Wren. John Carr remodelled the house in the 18th century, with interiors by Robert Adam and furniture by Chippendale
- Owner Richard Compton is the 10th generation of his family to live at Newby. Richard’s wife Lucinda, the Curator of the Gardens, is President of the North of England Horticultural Society, which organises the very successful Harrogate Flower Shows
- The House and Gardens are open to the public from April to September, attracting around 130,000 visitors each season. The venue boasts a restaurant, miniature railway, gift shop and plant centre, day visitor events and weddings.
- The gardening team has 6 full time gardeners and a handful of volunteers. They care for the 25 acres of formal gardens and a further 15 acres of woodland and orchard, plus a national collection of Cornus.
- Newby Hall is just a few miles from the A1(M), the main London to Edinburgh motorway. Close by are the magnificent Yorkshire Dales, North Yorkshire Moors National Parks and the historic cities of York and Ripon.