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Highdown Gardens Plant Heritage Officer
  • Employer: Adur & Worthing Councils
  • Reference: CD/19/105341
  • Published: Tue 30/07/2019, 16:25 PM
  • Closing on: Wed 21/08/2019, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: Starting from £29,636 to £33,799 per annum
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Highdown Gardens, West Sussex

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Highdown Gardens Plant Heritage Officer

Post title

Highdown Gardens Plant Heritage Officer (3 Year Temporary Contract)


Starting from £29,636 to £33,799 per annum


Grade 6


37 hours per week

Place of work

Highdown Gardens, Goring by Sea, BN12 6FB

Closing date

Wednesday 21st August 2019


Thursday 29th August 2019

Duties of the post:

Highdown Gardens is a Grade II* listed garden of global importance set on the chalk downs near Worthing in West Sussex.  Originally laid out by Sir Frederick Stern from Edwardian plant hunter-collected specimens, the gardens were bequeathed to Worthing Borough Council in 1968.  In 1989, the gardens were recognised by the NCCPG (now Plant Heritage), and were awarded the status of housing a National Plant Collection of plants collected by Sir Frederick Stern.

Worthing Borough Council has recently been successful in its application for National Lottery Heritage Funding, and protecting the National Collection through a propagation programme is core to the project.

Therefore, a rare opportunity has arisen to manage and care for the National Collection plants at Highdown Gardens.  This position is a 3 year post funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

To find out more about Highdown Gardens, please visit

Applicants must have extensive horticultural knowledge, and be passionate and skilled in plant identification and propagation.  A self-starter, the successful candidate will identify and validate plants in the National Collection, create a propagation programme and develop relationships with other collection holders or gardens where propagated material will be shared. 

In addition, the successful applicant will be responsible for developing a propagation facility where visitors can view, take part in and learn about propagation techniques used within the gardens. 

The position has no direct line management responsibilities, but the post holder will be required to develop and train volunteers and staff on propagation techniques.