Head of Gardens

Organisation: Mount Stuart

Salary: £34,000 - £38,000

Location: ISLE OF BUTE

A full-time position has arisen to work as the Head of Gardens at the Mount Stuart Trust ( on the beautiful Isle of Bute.

Mount Stuart’s gardens, amongst Europe’s finest, date back to 1718 when the 2nd Earl of Bute started laying out the gardens and grounds around the house. The 300 acres of wilderness, woodland, coastal and designed landscape have been developed over a period of almost three centuries. Today the gardens not only afford a magnificent space for walking and contemplation but can also play host to weddings, festivals, and large events.

The successful applicant will be responsible for:
• Ensuring that the gardens and related landscape of Mount Stuart are managed and maintained as an internationally recognised garden of outstanding historical and horticultural importance.
• Applying both standard and specialist horticultural practices.
• Leading and motivating the garden team to success by providing clear goals, promoting opportunities to learn and develop and creating an environment where the team are engaged and can flourish.

The position will report directly to the Head of Visitor Operations.

The Isle of Bute is a fantastic place to live with stunning beaches, good schools, coastal footpaths, golf courses and the recently opened Bute Yard ( The island is only 1.5 hours from Glasgow and the ferries run hourly to the mainland.

Application Deadline: Wednesday 03/01/2024