'I was brought up on a farm with a large garden and so the idea of working in the Coughton gardens was very attractive to me.
'I lost my father recently. He was a passionate gardener and loved being outside; something I had always shared with him. He was my mentor in life - and in the garden. I was struggling with my grief when I saw the advert for the role. It was an answer to my prayers.
'I feel close to my father when I am outside, gardening.
'It also appealed as my job is very stressful and one day a week I can forget it all. The walled garden makes me feel very peaceful. I also love working in the vegetable garden, again probably because that was the bit my dad loved.
'I started working here last July, and have certainly had a varied few months. I have done so many tasks; weeding, cutting back, pruning, pricking out, potting up, digging, and even herding the sheep on one occasion. The people I have met have made my time here very special. The comradeship is great and I am learning a tremendous amount as I go along.
'Sam, who manages the gardeners, has a great team and I feel very privileged to be able to work in such beautiful surroundings.'