Me & My Job - Trevor Jones, head gardener, The Alnwick Garden

How did you get started in the industry? I’ve been at Alnwick for seven-and-a-half years. Previously I was principal of the school and administrated the estate at the National Trust for Scotland’s Threave Gardens. I worked in forest landscape at Peterborough Development Corporation and my parents were horrified when I was offered a job as a gardening apprentice. I studied landscape design and construction at Merrist Wood College, then worked in London for a couple of years, then at Threave, then set up my own business — I earned more in two days working for myself than in a week at the National Trust.

What is the best aspect of your job? Interaction with the public. We’re encouraged to answer questions and give advice. We get started at 7am before we open at 10am to get as much work done as we can. Interacting with the public makes it special and keeps them coming back. We also do charitable work with schools and growing food with pupils. They make vegetable soup from what they grow. Some from deprived areas of Newcastle don’t realise carrots and potatoes come from the ground. We also work with people with Alzheimer’s and dementia using horticulture as therapy.

What are the plans for the garden? The garden is not finished yet. There’s a lot to do to get it complete and follow the original Wirtz garden plan. We hope to complete it in five years. Next we are going to develop in front of the cascade, which will be landscaped. The poison garden is the most popular area and we have recreated it at Gardening Scotland in Edinburgh, which is only an hour and 20 minutes away. We’ve never really marketed the garden before in Scotland. We’re going to expand it because it’s so popular.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read These Next

Chainsaws - Improving performance

Chainsaws - Improving performance

Battery chainsaws offer many advantages while innovative technology shelps the latest petrol models meet emissions standards, writes Sally Drury.

Chainsaws tested and reviewed: battery v petrol

Chainsaws tested and reviewed: battery v petrol

How do the latest battery models shape up against new petrol chainsaws when tested at Bridgwater College? Sally Drury reports.

Business planning: The labour challenge

Business planning: The labour challenge

With staffing becoming increasingly problematic, Neville Stein looks at the alternatives to finding good recruits.

Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +
Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

Horticulture Week Custodian Awards

Products & Kit Resources