Swansea Council is looking for someone to work in one of Wales' most beautiful parks

By Robert Dalling

Ever fancied spending your working days surrounded by one of Wales's beautiful parks? An opportunity has arisen to do just that.

Swansea Council is on the lookout for an apprentice gardener to look after Clyne Gardens and the Botanical Gardens in Mayals, Swansea.

Your new 'office' would see you surrounded by beautiful parkland internationally famous for its collections of Rhododendrons, Pieris and Enkianthus. The gardens offer lush planting and interesting features, such as the bluebell wood, and Japanese and Italian bridges.

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The park is steeped in history. William Graham Vivian - the millionaire of Clyne - purchased 'Clyne Castle' in 1860 and lavished time and money on it to reflect his wealth. Three important trees planted by him can be found in front of the Castle, one Wellingtonia 'Sequiodendron giganteum' and two Monterey Cypress 'Cupressus macrocarpa', one is one of the tallest recorded in Britain. The estate passed to his nephew Algernon, 'The Admiral', in 1921, who owned it until his death in 1952. He had the greatest influence on the gardens as we see them today.

The apprenticeship programme will last up to three years, and you will be required to complete horticulture qualifications. The salary would eventually reach £18,933, with £8,519 paid the first year, £11,359 the second year, and £14,199 the third year.

Some stunning views can be had inside Clyne Gardens (Jonathan Myers)
The walking trails are well used by families and dog walkers (Jonathan Myers)

You will be under the watchful eye of experienced gardeners, and you'll gain experience in a variety of areas including lawn maintenance, herbaceous and shrub cultivation, ornamental tree and shrub pruning, propagation, production of bedding, cut flower, cultivation, greenhouse culture and management, use and maintenance of machinery, infrastructure repair and maintenance, snow clearing and gritting operations and hard/soft landscaping.

If you fancy putting your name forward for consideration, you can do so by clicking here.

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