Want to work in, and support, these amazing Historic Gardens? We have an immediate vacancy for a part-time managing gardener who can help us plan and manage the next season or two.
Are you an experienced and trained gardener looking at a chance to ‘act up’ a grade, or perhaps are near retirement.
The 10 acres of historic formal gardens – with wilder wildlife areas- in east Birmingham is owned and run by an independent charitable trust and staffed mainly by volunteers.
This is an opportunity for a qualified gardener (RHS level3 or equivalent vocational experience) with existing management and budgeting experience to extend or further practice their management skills.
See the attached Job description. Please ring or email us for an informal chat and more information.
Job Description (.docx) Job Description P/T Head/Senior Gardener
Job description (pdf) Job Description P/T Head/Senior Gardener
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De Wit make garden tools – of consummate beauty
Two members of the amazingly talented garden toolmakers, de Wit, made a flying and unexpected visit to the Gardens today.
My, we’re all of aglitter and aglow!
Sietse and Derk-klass de Wit had just flown in to be part of the GLEE garden show at the NEC, but instead of hanging around their stall they hopped into a taxi for a quick whizz round our Gardens.
De Wit are a family firm based in the Netherlands, but their exquisite hand forged garden tools are known and revered worldwide. See their stunning site here The Garden Tool Factory. If you follow our facebook page you will see many shared photos by their brother Derk de Wit who takes the most inspiring photographs of gardens.
Dutch born Captain William Winde, cousin to the Bridgeman family, heavily influenced the design of our gardens in the late 17th century, so, Dutch style and quality is a long term companion for us.
We sell a small selection of the carbon steel and ash handled tools in our shop, they are not cheap but they do literally last a lifetime and acquire a handsome patina with use. If there is a serious gardener in your life, here is where you will find that special gift.
To top the day for me, Sietse also offered to support our volunteer gardeners by supplying them with some tools too. Our cup runneth o’er.
First visit of term for Hallmoor school pupils
We were pleased to welcome back Hallmoor school pupils today. A class of pupils comes every Friday to learn gardening skills, cultivate their patch of land and grow vegetables.
Before the summer break they had planted, hoe’d and weeded the plot….and today they saw it had all played off. A bumper crop of beans, onions and pumpkins and more to come.
Well done kids…next stop, planting the winter veg
Our holly maze is a favourite with everyone.
Managing the convoluted pathways and prickly hedges is a constant job. With fewer gardeners over the last few years and the sad loss of some of our ‘maze- expert’ volunteers, the poor maze has looked more than a little ragged. One of our education team volunteers regularly attacks the rampant pioneer brambles, just so our school visitors can still enjoy that last ecstatic run around the mysterious maze.
This summer we’ve had a bit of a boost…Our partnership with the small charity REEP led to us hosting three international horticultural students who designed and planted up colourful beds at the centre of the maze. (See more about it in the post we wrote earlier: here ) Spurred on by their beautiful flowers we have prioritised some work on pruning the maze.
Helped initially by some young helpers – our ‘prickle persecutors’ – and, this week, by Gordon our gardener and volunteers the maze has now had a full trim. The best haircut it has had for a couple of years.
Later in the year we will trim again and pay some attention to the compacted and starving root system. By next spring, we hope to have filled gaps and brought back healthy growth all round.
Getting around the maze may still be a mystery to solve, but at least the paths will be open and clear.
There has been a lot of work going on around the gardens recently and you can really see the changes
Just the other day over on our Facebook Page, North Arden Local History Society left a post for us with this photograph.
This is Peter Clarke, first head gardener at Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens in 1985, the year the gardens reopened. The Photograph from the Birmingham Mail…
I wonder. Does anyone remember the gardens back then? Do you have photos you could share with us?