Queen Elizabeth II seeks gardener for Buckingham Palace!339 views
The Queen has been forced to advertise for a new Buckingham Palace gardener for the second time in three months – and is offering a higher salary in the hope of attracting more applicants.
In October the vacant post of “senior gardener” was advertised on the Royal Household website.
The job, which involved maintaining the royal lawns “to the highest standards” while having “a keen interest in conservation and organic practices”, came with a salary of £15,750, plus accommodation.
But despite the prestige of the role and rising rates of unemployment, it appears that there were few takers.
A new job advert has now appeared on the royal website for an almost identical role – but this time offering a salary of £17,000 – an increase of 7.9 per cent.
The 39-hours-a-week job comes with accommodation in central London and involves heading a team of three or four gardeners, maintaining the palace lawns and tending to the shrub, herbaceous and rose borders.
The applicant must be willing to conduct wildlife surveys, and will have to carry out “leaf clearing operations on all surfaces, paying particular attention to the shrub beds by not using machinery, which will encourage the development of the wildlife.”
The gardener will also have to “carry out green waste recycling duties including transporting the Royal Mews skips to allotment sites”.
The new gardener must hold a formal qualification in horticulture and have “substantial relevant horticultural experience” preferably including ornamental lawns or sports grounds.
To slightly ease his work, a “long grass policy” is in use over approximately 10 per cent of the Buckingham Palace garden area, allowing 320 types of wildflowers to grow.
In addition, an 800 metre stretch of ground around the edge of the lake is only cut on a rotational basis every four years.
Tree stumps are left to rot away naturally, with one dead tree at the bottom of the rose garden currently providing a habitat for a family of woodpeckers.
However, the workload is increased by the need to recycle waste such as grass cuttings, twigs, branches and ‘arisings’ – soiled straw from the stables in the Royal Mews.
Waste is also brought in from Kensington Palace, Marlborough House and St James’s Palace where it is put through a shredder, turned into mulch and used on the flower beds.
Instead of weed killer, a weed burning machine is used which runs off the same liquid petroleum gas supply used for the Duke of Edinburgh’s taxi.
Courtesy: The Telegraph