How I Got Started: Carl Donnelly, student, Myerscough College

How did you get started? From an early age I was always going around castles and National Trust properties and I got interested in horticulture and landscape design. I heard about the landscape design and construction diploma at Myerscough and started when I was 16. I am now in my third year and really enjoying it.

What does your typical day involve? At the moment I am at college, but when I was on placement at the Savill Garden in Windsor Great Park it was varied. Most of the time I was landscaping, doing a lot of general gardening such as mowing and strimming. I also did some design.

What is the best part of your job? The design, when we are working with ideas. Imagining what the garden should look like and trying to create it interests me. But even the maintenance side interests me; trying to make the garden look as amazing as possible can often be the best part.

And the worst? When it rains. That can be a bit annoying.

What piece of kit can you not do without? My hedging shears. I like creating a perfect hedge. If I'm doing a garden, there is nothing better than making the hedges look perfect.

How do you relax? I like chilling out in the garden with a nice glass of juice. Maybe having a barbecue or taking a run down the beach and listening to some music. I like Ibiza chill-out music. When you are landscaping all week, you are doing 100 different things at once. People think gardening is easy, but it is both physically and mentally tiring.

What does the future hold? If I can get this year and the diploma out of the way, ideally with a distinction, then from there I can go anywhere. I could go into arb, do a landscaping degree or one in design, or I could start looking for jobs. If I could get an RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden within five years, I would be really happy. In the long term, I would love to be the head gardener at a historic garden.



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