Can you fill these boots? Head Gardener needed at Newby

Head Gardener Newby Hall

Can you fill these boots? New head gardener needed for one of the UK’s finest gardens

Yorkshire’s famous floral landmark Newby Hall is on the search for a new head gardener to look after its magnificent 40 acres of gardens and woodland – including its flagship double herbaceous border, one of the longest in the country.

6,500 plants

Newby’s much-loved gardens are visited by over a hundred thousand people every year and often feature on film and TV. Taking centre stage is the eye-catching 172-metre-long double border, celebrated for being the longest in a private garden in the UK, and the new head gardener will be in charge of looking after its 6,500 plants, as well as those in 14 other stunning garden ‘rooms’, two heritage orchards and 15 acres of woodland.

With a team of six, the head gardener will be charged with creating the best garden in the north of England and will follow in the successful footsteps of current head gardener Mark Jackson, who has overseen Newby for the last 20 years. Mark is moving onto the gardening team of York Gate Garden in Leeds, and so Newby’s owners Richard and Lucinda Compton are looking to hand over the horticultural reins to someone new.

Lucinda Compton, Newby’s Curator says:

“The gardens at Newby Hall are world famous and so we’re looking for someone who can really make them shine. Over the last decade we’ve developed them significantly and we’d like to continue doing that for future generations. If you are visionary but hands-on, have a great work ethic and think you can be a brilliant ambassador for Newby then we’d love to hear from you.”

Autumn Flower Show

Already a star of film and screen productions such as Peaky Blinders, Victoria, Gentleman Jack and the ABC Murders, Newby Hall will step further into the spotlight next year when the popular three-day Harrogate Autumn Flower Show permanently moves site to its grounds.

If you are interested in this role, please apply in writing with CV to: 

The Agent, The Estate Office, Newby Hall, Ripon, North Yorkshire.  HG4 5AE or by email to 

Head Gardener Newby Hall

Head Gardener Newby Hall