Nationwide search launched for Gigha gardener

Achamore Gardens on Gigha.

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The Isle of Gigha Heritage Trust is looking to appoint a head gardener to the famous Achamore Gardens on the island.

The gardens were laid out by Colonel James Horlicks in the mid 20th century and are a world renowned Landscape with Outstanding Designations as a Work of Art and for Horticulture.

Within their 54 acres, they include several important rhododendron collections which are jointly managed with the National Trust for Scotland, as well as a large walled garden and woodland walks. They attract thousands of visitors every year to Gigha and are the centrepiece of the island.

Ian Wilson, chairman of the Isle of Gigha Heritage Trust, said: ‘The trust is looking to appoint a creative and passionate experienced professional who will work with the trust and community to develop the garden.

‘The garden was lucky enough to have some wonderful gardeners in the past, some of whom still live on Gigha. However, since they retired, we have been struggling to keep the gardens at their best.

‘Over the past couple of years, we have been working really hard to stabilise the trust finances, so we are excited to now be in a position to launch a nationwide search for a new gardener who will help us restore them to their glory.

‘With great support from the National Trust for Scotland, we are hopeful we will find someone with the skills and passion to work with the trust and community to do this.’

The role is full-time and permanent, with a rent-free cottage on the beautiful island available to the successful applicant.

Gigha lies off the west coast of Kintyre and is served by hourly ferries all year round. The island has an active and growing primary school, daily commute to the high school in Campbeltown, award-winning hotel and Boathouse restaurant along with beautiful beaches and landscapes.

For more information about the role, contact chair@gigha.org.uk or call the trust office on 01583 505390.