Ightham Mote appoints new head gardener

Medieval National Trust property Ightham Mote in Kent has appointed Richard Burton as its new head gardener.

Burton did a BSc at Reading University in horticulture, specialising in landscape horticulture, and has worked at nearby Great Comp Garden in St Mary’s Platt when Eric and Joy Cameron were the owners.

He has been a lecturer in amenity horticulture, ecology and countryside management at Angus College in Arbroath, and most recently lectured at Hadlow College, before he started at Ightham Mote in the summer of 2015.

Burton said: "You need to live and work in a garden for a period of time before you make any major changes but there will be some gradual change occurring over the coming months – so come and see how the garden is developing!"

Burton and his garden team are now producing notes for visitors, with seasonal updates about best spots in the garden and plants of interest highlighted.

The previous head gardener was Adam Ford, who has gone to be head gardener at Greys Court, another National Trust property in Oxfordshire.

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