Are you passionate about designing amazing gardens and exhausted by the challenges of running your own garden design business?

We have the perfect opportunity for you!

We are expanding our award-winning design team and are seeking to employ passionate, experienced and talented Garden Designers who are able to manage their own projects – from design to realisation.  If you are currently run a garden design practice and instead would enjoy the opportunity to focus on your passion for design and plants again (rather than the distractions of running your own business), then we would love to hear from you!

Our promise…

As a successful candidate, you will –

  • Join our team in our high growth business that is committed to continuous professional and business development
  • Undergo an initial intensive training programme to familiarise yourself with our systems and procedures, followed by ongoing training in specific software such as Vectorworks
  • Enjoy the opportunity for remote and flexible working
  • Be provided with the equipment you need, including a high-powered computer, Vectorworks/Adobe/Sketchup/Microsoft Office licences
  • Be provided with a comprehensive topographical survey for each garden designed (created by one of our land surveyors)
  • Have the flexibility to source your own plants and suggest products to add to our collection, as well as work with our network of trusted suppliers
  • Be provided with a company credit card
  • Have access to our Vectorworks and Sketchup template library
  • Attend weekly, collaborative Design Team meetings at our Hub near Sheffield
  • Have access to a wealth of knowledge and experience via access to a mentor
  • Have a knowledgeable in-house planting and after care team to facilitate the planting and ongoing development of your designs
  • Have the opportunity to be involved with the design/build of RHS show gardens
  • Have full use of our Hub near Sheffield, including access to our samples wall
  • Have access to our storage facility to collate furniture, plants, planters and accessories to enable you to provide the most efficient project delivery
  • Have quarterly performance reviews with job specific goals to enhance your development
  • Have the opportunity to be part of our company pension scheme
  • Be able to claim mileage for travel to/from project sites

We would love to hear from you if you are…

  • Able to work in/around Sheffield, Nottingham, Derby, Leeds or Northampton
  • Passionate about designing and realising amazing gardens, and no longer want the distractions that running your own design business brings (…leave that to our in-house Operations Team!)
  • Positive, enthusiastic and creative
  • Open to both sharing and shaping ideas/concepts as part of our Design Team
  • Detail orientated
  • Someone who enjoys designing with plants
  • Able to understand landscape construction and hard landscaping techniques
  • Able to create accurate technical drawings
  • Able to proficiently manage a budget
  • Professional and friendly
  • Self-disciplined
  • Extremely organised, with sound time management skills
  • Able to consistently deliver the highest quality designs and outdoor living spaces for our clients, following our proven framework
  • Able to listen attentively
  • Confident when communicating with clients, colleagues, landscapers and are able to present information clearly in both written and verbal forms
  • Not afraid to appropriately challenge the opinions of others
  • Collaborative, as well as enjoy working alone
  • Committed to continual learning and improvement and are responsive to feedback
  • Proficient when using computer software such as Vectorworks, Adobe, Sketchup and Microsoft Office.
  • Keen to do the right thing and have integrity
  • Able to drive to and from sites, holding a full UK driving licence

Want to know more?

Email [email protected] to request a full job specification for this exciting opportunity.

Do you align with our core values?

“During the second half of 2020, we won two awards for our commitment to our company culture, and I’m proud to share these values that come from the heart.  I live my life by them and so do our most successful team members, associates, contractors and suppliers”.

Lee Bestall – Founder

Integrity – What does Integrity mean at Bestall & Co? It means being honest with yourself and with others.  It means not lying or deliberately avoiding the truth.  It’s about holding up your hands and admitting when you’re wrong or when you’ve made a mistake, and it’s about asking for, and accepting, help and advice.

Kaisen – Kaisen is a Japanese business philosophy translating as ‘continuous improvement’. It’s about never being satisfied with the status quo and always seeing or seeking a better way to do things.  It’s about creating a new version and not being fearful to let go and move on.  It’s about using newly acquired knowledge to create a version which is more up to date, more efficient, more profitable and delivers a better result.  To be effective, the philosophy requires a thirst for knowledge and a passion for continuous personal growth.

Say Do Co – SAY IT: Accept responsibility for a task and embrace it.  Set and agree a deadline for it.  Seek the help or learning you need to achieve it.  DO IT: Deliver it. Tell the person who you agreed to do it for when it’s completed.  COMMUNICATE (if you can’t do it): Most importantly, if you can’t achieve it by when you said you would, tell them at the soonest possible moment and mutually agree a new deadline.

Consistency – To be consistent, you have to make sure that you recognise when you don’t reach the standards and goals that you’ve set for yourself, or that you have been set by others. It’s about doing something in the same way and to the same high standards every time.

Do the right thing – Doing the right thing is about being fair.  The ability to do the right thing is entirely dependent on getting the right people in our team and is based on the individual’s judgement so will differ in each scenario.  Doing the right thing is about respecting our client’s property as if it was our own.  It may be putting the contractor’s welfare before a client’s demand to complete a job unsafely.  Doing the right thing is about us being reimbursed fairly for what we do. Doing the right thing is about listening to your gut and asking, ‘If I was an onlooker to this situation, what is the right course of action for the project and that will deliver the best results’.

Helpful & positive ‘can do’ attitude – Having a positive attitude is about being happy at work. It’s about embracing challenges and not hiding from problems and being willing to learn.  It’s about saying, “I’ve never done that before, but I’ve got the skills required to do it well, so I’ll give it a go”.  It’s about supporting our team and our business.  It’s about making someone’s job easier.  It’s about saying “Yes, I can do that, and I’ll have it completed for …”.  It’s about pushing yourself to learn new things and about passion and enthusiasm.

Respect – It’s about respecting yourself.  It’s about respecting other people, their opinions and their differences.  It’s about accepting.  It’s about praising and being thankful.  It’s about trust. It’s about caring and taking care, working tidily and safely.  It’s about being punctual and polite.


  • 29 days annual leave (incl. 8 Bank Holidays & birthday)
  • Career development day (visit to industry specific business or business specific activity)
  • Commitment to ongoing learning and training incl. Vectorworks updates etc.
  • Company pension scheme
  • One additional day of annual leave added for each full year employed, capped at 4 days
  • Full uniform and work boots for site visits provided
  • Opportunity to join a growing business committed to continual improvement and development
  • Remote and flexible working opportunities
  • The equipment you need e.g. you will always work from a topographical survey and we ensure our designers have the relevant software and hardware
  • Opportunity to source your own plants and products as well as work with our network of trusted suppliers
  • Access to our template library
  • Weekly collaborative Design Team meetings
  • Access to our wealth of knowledge and experience
  • A knowledgeable in-house planting and after care team to work with
  • The opportunity to be involved with the design/build of RHS show gardens
  • Full use of our office hub near Sheffield, including access to our samples wall
  • Storage for furniture and accessories to help provide the highest quality project delivery
  • Job specific goals to enhance learning
  • Quarterly performance reviews
  • Mileage for travel to/from project sites

Want to know more?

Email [email protected] to request a full job specification for this exciting opportunity.