Head Gardener, Polesden Lacey
My job is to work with the team to make sure Mrs Greville's Edwardian landscape garden is looking gorgeous all year round. I love what I do and I count myself lucky to be able to watch our gardens transform with each new season.
Having spent 15 years working in the television industry, mostly at Sky Sports, it was about 7 years ago that I decided to turn my hobby into my job. Already a keen allotmenteer, I started by volunteering at my local National Trust garden, Osterley Park. It was here that I found about the National Trust careership scheme, onto which I was very lucky to be accepted. This 3 year apprenticeship, based at Chartwell in Kent, gave me all of the practical training and experience I needed to become a professional gardener.
From Chartwell, I moved to Nymans in Sussex to become an Assistant Head Gardener, which in turn led me to my current role at Polesden Lacey. Not only do we have a fantastic 30 acre garden here, comprising of both formal and more informal areas, but I'm also blessed with a fantastic group of people to work with. There are 5 other gardeners in my team, two full time and three part time, as well as getting on for over 100 amazing volunteers, without whom we would be lost. Outside of the immediate garden team, the rest of the staff at Polesden Lacey are also a big part of what makes working here so rewarding. It makes a big difference to work with such a great team of people who get along so well and who all want to make our place as special as possible.