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Job Opportunity – Experienced freelance landscaper required

rossgardens is excited to be recruiting a freelance experienced landscaper to join our small team building and caring for gardens for clients across Brighton and Hove. The position involves both hard and soft landscaping.

Requirements

  • Knowledge and experience of hard landscaping materials and construction methods
  • Good practical skills and ability to carry out and manage day to day construction works to a high standard
  • Ability to problem solve and work under own initiative
  • Ability to read and follow plans
  • Attention to detail
  • Professional attitude, hard working and efficient with good time management skills
  • Honest and reliable
  • Team player
  • Clean driving licence

Job description

Work will include a wide range of hard and soft landscaping tasks including:

  • Brickwork
  • Paving
  • Decking
  • Fencing
  • Installing paths
  • Painting
  • Digging

In addition you will sometimes be required to drive a company van.

All tools will be provided.

Pay is competitive and dependent upon knowledge, experience and ability to perform the required work.

This is a great opportunity for someone who enjoys physical work outdoors. Work is available immediately for the right candidate with good future prospects in this small and growing business.

If you fit the bill then please send your CV and a covering note to Ross Minett at . I look forward to hearing from you.

Job Opportunity: Experienced Gardener Required

rossgardens is excited to be recruiting an experienced gardener to join our small team caring for clients’ gardens across Brighton and Hove.

We are looking for someone with a positive attitude and a passion for plants. The ability to get on well with all sorts of people is also essential as client satisfaction is important.

Personal requirements

  • Gardening experience and plant knowledge
  • Driving licence
  • Honest and Reliable
  • Professional attitude
  • Good inter-personal skills
  • Ability to work on your own initiative
  • Hard working and efficient

Job description

Work includes standard garden tasks such as:

  • Mowing lawns and edging
  • Pruning shrubs and trees
  • Hedge trimming
  • Weeding
  • Planting
  • Clearance
  • Clean up

In addition you will sometimes be required to drive the company van between clients.

All tools will be provided.

Pay is competitive and dependent upon knowledge, experience and ability to perform the required work

This is a great opportunity for someone who loves plants and gardens and enjoys physical work outdoors. Work is available immediately for the right candidate with good future prospects in this small and growing business.

If you fit the bill then please send your CV and a covering note to Ross Minett at . I look forward to hearing from you.

Give a gardening gift this Christmas

It can be hard to think of unique Christmas presents for your loved ones which will be really appreciated. Well you need think no further…

Give a Garden Voucher from rossgardens!

rossgardens provides quality garden design and garden care in Brighton and Hove.

Simply choose a Garden Care Voucher or a Garden Design Voucher and decide how much you want to spend.

Garden Care Voucher
£36 for 2 hours
£65 for a half-day
£120 for a full day
Ideal for someone you know who loves their garden but is too busy or unable to care for it properly. Garden care includes jobs such as lawn mowing, weeding and pruning.

Garden Design Voucher
Choose the amount you want to contribute towards a garden design.
The full cost of a complete garden design depends on a number of factors such as complexity and size of garden. However, the key stages usually cost about £500, with planting design about £200.
Ideal for someone whose outside space could be improved for them to enjoy more.

Email Ross at ross@rossgardens.co.uk or call to discuss the voucher you’d like to give and a personalised voucher can be sent to the lucky recipient.

With rossgardens you’re in safe hands. We have lots of testimonials from happy clients such as:
“Ross did a super job with our garden, turning it from a total jungle into a beautiful cottage garden. He took the time to really understand what we were looking for and came up with a design we were delighted with. He is hard-working, creative, conscientious and a real pleasure to have around. I’d recommend him to anyone.”
Claire Lavia, Hove

 

 

Looking for gardening work or landscaping work in Brighton and Hove?

rossgardens is looking for assistance installing and maintaining gardens in Brighton and Hove

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  • I can currently offer 1 day/week gardening and 1 day/week landscaping, starting immediately.
  • I am looking for someone who is honest, reliable, a hard worker and has an interest and knowledge in plants and/or landscaping.
  • Hours are flexible and currently agreed on a week-by-week basis.
  • The work will be varied and interesting.
  • All work will be undertaken with me, under my supervision.
  • Pay is good and dependent upon experience.

 

This is an exciting opportunity in a new and growing company with great prospects for expansion and more work in the future.

If you are looking for gardening work or labouring work in Brighton and Hove then please send your CV to me at ross@rossgardens.co.uk.

I look forward to hearing from you

Ross

Highlights from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015

This year the RHS Chelsea Flower Show was once again bursting with horticultural delights and surprises. Whether it’s the latest cutting-edge trends of the garden designs or the beauty and extravagance of the floral marquee, your senses are bound to be bombarded and you can’t help but leave feeling enriched and inspired.

Here are some photos of a selection of my favourite show gardens:

The fascinating Dark Matter Garden for the National Schools Observatory, designed by Howard Miller Design Ltd was rightly awarded best garden in the Fresh category.

The charming Laurent Perrier Chatsworth Garden, designed by Dan Pearson was given the prestigious award for best in show.

Light and airy planting sets off the contrasting hard landscaping in the Breakthrough Breast Cancer Garden designed by Ruth Willmott

With sunken mirrored cacti landscapes and eye-catching translucent yellow rods, the World Vision garden by John Warland was a real winner.

 

I loved the eye-catching and innovative Pure Land Foundation Garden by designer Fernando Gonzales with its sinuous curves and warm plant palette.


Japanese designer Kazuyuki Ishihara always comes up trumps and this year’s garden, Edo no Niwa – Edo Garden, with its enchanting moss balls and colourful acers, was no exception.

 

Another favourite was the Brewer Dolphin Garden designed by Darren Hawkes Landscapes, featuring over 40,000 pieces of hand-cut slate.

 

 

Behind a a delicate curtain of falling water, the Thinking of Peace garden by Tatyana Shynkarenko felt calming and inviting.


 

 

The Time In Between by Charle Albone stood out due to its soft, romantic planting

 

 

The transfixing water feature stole the show in the Home: Personal Universe garden by Fuminari Todaka.

 

 

Nature’s design played a key role in the Sculptor’s Picnic Garden by Graham Bodle, which won best garden in the Artisan category.

This amazing colour combination was part of a nursery stand

And finally, this stunning display on another trade stand was probably my favourite find at another great Chelsea Flower Show.


 10 easy ways to make your garden more hedgehog friendly

Since it’s Hedgehog Awareness Week it’s a great opportunity to remind us how we can make our gardens more friendly for these wonderful little creatures.

Hedgehog_Awareness_WeekAttracting and protecting hedgehogs in your garden is easy and you can help by doing a few simple things:

1. Ensure there is access into the garden (all that is needed is 5” square gap).

2. Check areas before strimming or mowing, particularly under hedges.

3. Move piles of rubbish to a new site before burning it.

4. Ensure sports or fruit netting is kept at a safe height and removed when not in use.

5. Check compost heaps before digging the fork in.

6. Stop or reduce the amount of pesticides and poisons used.

7. Cover drains, deep holes and swimming pools when not in use.

8. Use stones or bricks to ensure there is an easy route out of ponds and pools.

9. Food and fresh water will encourage hedgehogs to return. Leave out foods like minced meat, tinned dog or cat food (not fish-based), crushed cat biscuits, or chopped boiled eggs. Specialist hedgehog food can also be bought from wild bird food suppliers.

10. But never feed hedgehogs milk as it can cause diarrhoea; instead provide plain, fresh water in a shallow bowl.

Hedgehog Awareness Week is organised by my friends at the British Hedgehog Preservation Society and takes place every year.  It aims to highlight the problems hedgehogs face and how you can help them.

According to BHPS Chief Executive, Fay Vass, “There is so much the gardener can do to help hedgehogs, and with hedgehog numbers in decline it is more important now than ever.  We have produced a poster highlighting dangers hedgehogs face in our gardens to mark this Hedgehog Awareness Week.”

Hedgehogs are fascinating animals. According to my good friends at OneKind …

  • There are 15 species of hedgehog.
  • The hedgehog got its name because of its peculiar foraging habits. They root through hedges and other undergrowth in search of their favourite food – small creatures such as insects, worms, centipedes, snails, mice, frogs, and snakes. As it moves through the hedges it emits pig-like grunts — thus, the name hedgehog.
  • They have about 5000 spines.  Each spine lasts about a year then drops out and a replacement grows.
  • There may be up to 500 fleas on one hedgehog but the specific hedgehog flea rarely bites humans.
  • Hedgehogs in cold climes hibernate over the winter. In warmer climates such as deserts they sleep through heat and drought in a similar process called aestivation. In more temperate areas they remain active all year.

And crucially

The diet of a hedgehog has claimed it the reputation as being the ‘gardener’s friend’ as it includes so many slugs, snails and and unwanted insects!

So if you have a garden then you can help make a difference for our prickly wee friends so please do join in!