Craft gardening in decline

Winfield House head gardener Stephen Crisp says craft gardening is in decline because salaries do not adequately reflect the range of abilities now required.

He said: "You need to have so many skills now, compared to 50 years ago - IT, marketing, PR, events management. A pittance and a tied cottage is not enough, as a lot of people are finding." Crisp, who has nearly 30 years' experience in the industry, blamed employers for running a "cartel" to keep salaries low. "No one will step out of the ring," he said. Although access to Winfield House, the residence of the US Ambassador in London, is rarely granted, Crisp showed members of the Royal Gardens Trust around the house and 5ha garden on 12 July. See interview, p17.

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