Queen seeks Windsor Castle gardener but the pay leaves a lot to be desired

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The Queen is looking for a new gardener to join her team at the Windsor Castle grounds, keeping the place tidy and up to royal standard.

But the pay is less-than eyewatering, with the listed cash up for grabs on the role leaving a lot to be desired for green thumb candidates.

Should they apply to the role, which was recently listed on The Royal Household, potential candidates will be looking at a permanent role with the royals but little in the way of financial compensation.

The role includes five days a week of solid work as well as some weekends.

But the gruelling work, which the job lists as making sure "Windsor Castle and the surrounding areas are maintained to the highest of standards," comes with little pay.

At just £19,500 per annum, dependent on experience, prospective gardeners, who need a lengthy list of qualifications to work the grounds, will have some gruelling labour ahead of them for little cash.

The role listing reads: "The Gardens team at The Royal Household maintain and care for gardens that are seen by thousands of visitors and guests every year.

"From regular mowing, edging and renovation, you’ll have a passion for lawn care. You will also maintain shrub, herbaceous and rose borders whilst monitoring and nurturing the health of plants, and young trees."

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Potential hires will also help "to shape the future of the gardens" and will plant "new shrubbery, bulbs and seasonal flower displays".

The Palace are looking for someone with a "passion for horticulture, along with relevant experience and a good working knowledge of plants and turf care".

Candidates who apply on the website must also provide a Horticulture NVQ 2 qualification, a full UK driving license and have experience operating a "wide range of garden machinery."

The Queen's future gardener, who will receive just under £20,000 a year, must also hold an "initiative and a confident approach" and be keen to "research and explore new ideas for developing the garden and grounds."

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