Glyn Jones to leave Hidcote Manor Gardens for Stratford

Glyn Jones, Gardens and Countryside Manager at Hidcote Manor Gardens, Gloucestershire, will be leaving the National Trust at the end of January 2016 to take up a new position as head of gardens at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Stratford-Upon-Avon.

During his time at Hidcote, Jones has been involved with numerous initiatives and improvement projects including a significant 10-year restoration project which has seen many original features of the garden returned.

His new role as head of gardens at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust will see him take responsibility for five distinct and historic gardens in and around Stratford-Upon-Avon. He will lead on developing these gardens as the Birthplace Trust continues to improve its visitor experiences and offer.

Hidcote general manager Chris Charman said: "We wish Glyn all the very best in his new role, and I am sure he will be able to draw upon the brilliant experiences he has had here at Hidcote."

Ian Wright, consultancy manager and gardens advisor for the South West added: "Glyn has played a pivotal role in getting Hidcote to where it is today, he will be missed from the property as it enters its own next phase of development – we wish Glyn every success as he moves forwards."

Jones said "I will leave Hidcote with great sadness as I have had such a great time there and committed a large percentage of my life and love to the garden and team there.  I am, however, excited to be moving on to the new challenges which face me as I lead my new gardens into the future."

The team at Hidcote will be recruiting for a number of new roles in the garden in the New Year.

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