The Abbotsford Trust is looking for an experienced and enthusiastic professional to lead an ambitious 2 year project.

Our Trust was established in 2007 to act as a guardian of Sir Walter Scott’s legacy; Abbotsford in the Scottish Borders, or as Scott called it his “Conundrum Castle”. It was where he wrote classics such as Rob Roy and Ivanhoe, where he created a style of architecture which swept the country, Scots Baronial, and where he experimented with garden and landscape design.

Abbotsford is an internationally significant designed landscape, house, and garden, which holds in balance the development of bio diverse habitats, the designed landscape, and amenity for visitors – all the results of Sir Walter Scott’s unique vision and legacy. Following a £11.24 million restoration project, Abbotsford was reopened by the Queen in 2013 and we are now embarking on an exciting period of developing our vision for restoring and improving Scott’s walled gardens and riverside estate.

The Abbotsford Trust is now seeking a creative and enthusiastic person with a passion for gardening and the outdoors to deliver a programme of learning and community engagement activity as part of our new project Learning in a Heritage Landscape – Transforming Work.

The post-holder will plan, design and coordinate opportunities for learning, training, employability and personal development for local audiences through gardening in this unique heritage setting. Practical skills and experience in horticulture and an ability to lead activities with children, young people and adults of all ages and backgrounds is essential.

This post is part-funded by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and by the Scottish Government and the European Community Scottish Borders LAG LEADER 2014-2020 programme.

Full time, fixed term for 23 months, £18,445pa

Application Process

For more details of the role, please download the Gardener (Communities) Job Description.

To apply, download and complete the Application Form.

Candidates are asked to send the completed document and, if they wish, an additional CV to

Closing date for applications is 12pm on Friday 22 September 2017. Interviews likely to be held on Tuesday 26 September at Abbotsford.

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