Head gardener appointed at Gordon Castle Walled Garden

One of Britain's oldest and largest walled gardens Gordon Castle Walled Garden has appointed a new head gardener - Ed Bollom.

Ed Bollom has big plans for the walled garden. Image: Gordon Castle
Ed Bollom has big plans for the walled garden. Image: Gordon Castle

Bollom has more than 15 years’ experience as a professional gardener and has been at the 3.2-hectare garden in Fochabers, Moray since May 2015 in a more junior role.

Gordon Castle is Bollom’s seventh garden posting. He has gained experience at a range of historic and botanic gardens, from Osborne House on the Isle of Wight to Chatsworth House in Derbyshire and Highgrove House in Gloucestershire.

Gordon Castle Walled Garden is the restoration project of Angus and Zara Gordon Lennox which will see the 19th century garden restored to a fully-productive kitchen garden by the end of 2018.

Bollom said: "My real passion has always been for productive gardening, particularly growing fruit and vegetables. I love the idea of taking this wonderful historic space and turning it into a productive source of fruits, vegetables, herbs and cut flowers. 

"Having worked here for several years, I really feel like I’m getting to know the garden and can hit the ground running as head gardener. This year my main challenge is to make the garden as beautiful as it is productive. We have lots planned for 2018 including a cherry orchard running the full length of the garden, the planting of our soft fruit garden in the autumn and big improvements to our cut flower beds. In addition, we will also introduce dozens of Scottish heritage fruit and vegetable varieties."

The garden, once fully restored, will be the largest fully productive walled garden in Scotland. It already provides fresh produce for the Castle Estate, the Walled Garden café and shop and for the new range of Gordon Castle Scotland products available to purchase at the garden and online.

Gordon Castle Gin, containing botanicals grown in the walled garden, is now stocked in Harrods and Fortnum & Mason in addition to over 950 wine and spirits merchants across the UK. 

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