Me & My Job - Barry Locke, head gardener, Shakespeare's Birthplace Trust

Barry Locke, head gardener, Shakespeare's Birthplace Trust - image: HW
Barry Locke, head gardener, Shakespeare's Birthplace Trust - image: HW

- How did you get started?

I did day release at Pershore College and worked at Findons in Stratford growing vegetables, pot plants and flowers. I joined the trust in 1983 as a gardening assistant then worked my way up to head gardener.

- What does your typical day involve?

We have seven gardeners looking after five properties and we have our own nursery and grow everything ourselves.

- What is the best part of your job?

I enjoy every minute. It's a brilliant place. I love history and particularly gardening history and finding out why people grew these varieties.

- What have you got planned?

We have a sweetpea celebration at Anne Hathaway's Cottage. We're working on a Shakespearean allotment at Hampton Court Flower Show (6-11 July) filled with heritage vegetables like strawberry spinach, jersey kale, purple carrots, quince trees and lovage.

- What does the future hold?

We'll take the Hampton Court garden back to Mary Arden's house so people can see it at Shakespeare's house.


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