Careers at Meadow Croft Garden Centre

Meadow Croft Garden Centre is part of W. D. Smith & Son, a family-run  business with four generations of horticultural experience behind it. This family-inspired ethos is woven through the very fabric of our business and extends out not just to our team members, but to our customers too. We are dedicated to placing customers at the heart of what we do and aim to offer the best customer service experience. We are dedicated to being the best garden centre possible, offering customers a wide range of plants, providing quality products, trustworthy advice, value for money and inspirational ideas to create the gardens they aspire to.

We pride ourselves on the quality and range of plants offered, many of which are grown in our own glasshouses on-site at W. D. Smith & Son’s growing facility. Not only do we produce plants, but we also have extensive giftware, homewares, and outdoor living departments, together with pet care and a huge range of garden sundries. We also hold regular festivals and events across the year, including our now renowned German Market & Christmas Fair, Food & Drink Festival, and our unique Viola & Pansy Festival.

Our restaurant, Meadow Croft Kitchen, is an integral part of our garden centre, as are the team members that make our restaurant so successful. Meadow Croft Kitchen has a well-established reputation for serving delicious homemade dishes, bakes and cakes, together with daily specials and afternoon tea.

We know that our team members are one of the main reasons Meadow Croft is such a great place to visit and we are proud of the friendship and support our team members offer and share with each other. We also offer a wide range of employee benefits.


Employee Discount Scheme

Above statutory holiday allowance (up to 32 days per annum, pro-rated)

Subsidised food and drink from our restaurant (which includes up to 50% discount for garden centre team members and a meal allowance for restaurant team members)

Employer Contributory Pension Scheme

Employee Assistance Programme

Training and development, including an ongoing e-learning training programme

Uniform provided (including an allowance for protective footwear)

Free parking



Vacancies & Applications

Most of our vacancies are advertised on our website (below) or through our social media pages. However, we also welcome speculative applications, especially from candidates who have experience in horticulture, retail or hospitality and catering. Even if a relevant vacancy is not listed, please send in your CV if you think you have experience we would be interested in - for the right candidate(s), we will always keep you in mind for potential upcoming positions.

To apply for a vacancy, or to submit a speculative application, please email us at Please email your CV and a covering letter, detailing the position (or type of position) you are applying for, why you feel you are the right candidate for the position, and outline any relevant experience. Please also confirm whether you are looking for full-time, part-time, or casual hours.

If you are interested in working at Meadow Croft Garden Centre or Meadow Croft Kitchen, please keep an eye out for new vacancies on our Careers page or follow our social media pages. 


Important - before you apply: Please be aware that unfortunately we are not able to employ students until they have completed their GCSEs. Also, due to the location of our garden centre, having your own transport is preferred.


We have 0 vacancies available.



Application Process

Please bear with us while we review your application. We normally allow up to three weeks for all applications to be considered, to answer candidate queries and for us to respond to your application. We always try to respond to applicants, including those that have not been successful, but due to the high volume of applications we tend to receive, this is not always possible. However, if you do not hear from us after three weeks, you are very welcome to contact us to follow up on the progress of your application.

In line with our Job Application Privacy Notice, we will keep your details on file for a period of six months which allows us the opportunity to contact you should any suitable, future vacancies arise. For full details on the data Meadow Croft Garden Centre (W.D. Smith & Son) collects and processes personal data during our recruitment processes, and how we meet our data protection obligations, please refer click here.

Come and choose your festive wreath this weekend!⁠
Handmade on our nursery
Simon, our garden centre manager, advises on the best gardening jobs for December
We have some beautiful table decorations in our Houseplant Department, all perfect for your Christmas table displays
What are you up to this weekend? ⁠
Visit us and pick your Christmas Tree!
❤️ Christmas Poinsettias are now in stock! ❤️⁠

£7.99 each ⁠
Available in our Houseplant Department. ⁠

Tips to a great Poinsettia⁠

❤️Only buy a plant that has not been exposed to draughts as this can cause the leaves to drop suddenly. ⁠

❤️Keep the plant wrapped for the journey home to protect it from the cold. ⁠

❤️Do not overwater or let the plant dry out. Consistent watering is the key to a healthy plant, using tepid water if possible. If the leaves turn yellow or fall off it is incorrectly watered. Only water when the plant is noticeably dry, lift the plant up and if it feels light it needs watering. Watering can be done from the top of the pot or by standing the pot in water for half an hour and then allowing to drain freely.⁠

❤️Poinsettias need warmth and light but must be kept away from draughts including open windows, fireplaces, open doorways etc. ⁠
Temperatures between 15-22 degrees are ideal and preferably placed in a light spot.⁠

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We stock the very best Nordmann Needle Retentive Christmas Trees!⁠

Come along and hand pick your tree. All trees are unwrapped so you can see the shape and height of each tree.
Santa's Snug ❤️ ⁠

Featuring rich red, gold and green jewel tones, this colour scheme adds an instant Christmas elegance to your home. ⁠

We also have our real Christmas Trees now in stock - come and choose your tree and decorations all in one place!⁠

#meadowcroftgardencentre #christmasdisplays
We only have 6 German Market evenings left!
We’re open tonight, tomorrow (30th) and Friday (1st) until 8pm!

Our final evenings are on the 6th, 7th & 8th December until 8pm.

Browse the German Market stalls
Our final German Market Late Nights are this week! ⁠

We're open until 8pm this evening, Thursday and Friday. ⁠

Come along with friends and family to enjoy a late night shopping experience, as well as German Sausages, Beer or Gluhwein!
How to care for your Christmas Tree
The Meadow Croft German Market hosts a Live Music Weekend! ⁠

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