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Nestled in a Devon valley, Rosemoor blends formal and informal plantings to magical effect. Nestled in a Devon valley, Rosemoor blends formal and informal plantings to magical effect.
I have gained valuable experience from working within the RHS
I grew up in the fertile Vale of Evesham in Worcestershire to a farming family. After spending time in the Royal Navy, I moved to Devon and worked as a gardener to the Earl of Dudley. During this time I met a person who would have a big influence on my future path in horticulture: Albert Turner, who was a garden adviser to the Earl and a retired lecturer in horticulture at Writtle College; he gave me encouragement to make horticulture my career.
From the Earl of Dudley's I moved back to Worcestershire for an appointment as an under gardener at a private school working on sports pitches and the vegetable garden providing produce for the kitchens. I then moved back to Devon as the Head Gardener to Lord and Lady Clinton, where I stayed for 5 years. For the next 8 years I worked as a self-employed landscape gardener in the county.
Then in 1993 I applied for a position at Rosemoor where I have been ever since.
Along the way I have gained valuable experience from working within the RHS, and have also been able to prove myself academically by completing all the RHS qualifications to Diploma. My next goal is to study and complete the Masters qualification in horticulture.
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