Me & My Job - Vicky Martin, heritage director, Wentworth Castle

Vicky Martin, heritage director, Wentworth Castle - image: Wentworth Castle
Vicky Martin, heritage director, Wentworth Castle - image: Wentworth Castle

- How did you get started?

I started off working in the heritage sector for English Heritage as a seasonal custodian while I was at university. Then, after university, I went to Exbury Gardens as a commercial manager, so that was my first real job in horticulture. I have had a lot of different experience since then in all sorts of sectors, but now I am at Wentworth the experience at Exbury is very relevant.

- What does your typical day involve?

No two days are ever the same, which is the joy of this industry. I could be meeting with contractors, working on a restoration project, dealing with estate issues or holding events in the garden. A lot of my work involves meetings with stakeholders and I represent England on the European Union Tourist Offices board, so I get to travel quite a lot.

- What is the best part of your job?

I think working in such fabulous places like Wentworth Castle. Out of my window I can see an avenue of lime trees, beds and borders and if I want to take a walk on my lunch break, I have a 500-acre estate to explore.

- And the worst?

Not enough hours in the day. There is quite a lot of paper work to do, as well.

- What piece of kit can you not do without?

I would think probably my data stick.

- How do you wind down after a hard day?

I like to have a nice meal in the evening and I also practice reiki.

- What is you greatest achievement?

When I was commercial manager at Exbury we got the Largest Visitor Attraction of the Year Award from Tourism South West and the Garden of the Year Award 2001 from the Historic Houses Association.

- What does the future hold?

I only just started at Wentworth so I'm looking forward to growing the business here, continuing the restoration work, welcoming more and more visitors and raising its profile both nationally and internationally.

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