How I Got Started: Roger Green, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB)

Roger Green, Norwegian University of Life Science (UMB). Image: Roger Green
Roger Green, Norwegian University of Life Science (UMB). Image: Roger Green

How did you get started? I always liked being outside. I helped my dad in his market garden, then trained as an apprentice for three years at Burlingham, took a general course at Oaklands for two years, then two years at university. I then worked for Lord Iveagh at Elveden for 24 years until he died. I took a job with Lord Keith, then got asked to Norway.

What does your typical day involve? As head gardener, I start at about 6.30am with all the computer work, then sort the work out for the team for 7.30am. I have meetings most days, get around the team twice a day. I do some grass cutting, pruning. This is what I like; the inside-outside job.

What is the best part of your job? To see UMB move forward into the next century. To make people happy and relaxed in this park. To see my team really want to achieve all this and share in the credit. To do a lot with nothing is a real challenge for me. This has been my best job and the biggest so far.

And the worst? Not getting the feedback so decisions can be made quickly. Machine breakdown. There is never bad weather, just bad clothes. If it's a bad day, I've got it wrong.

What bit of kit can you not do without? Whether you like it or not, the mobile phone.

How do you wind down after a hard day's work? I find that work is a holiday, but a good beer, a Morris dance and a good ride on my motor bike with some time spent with my wife in the country is just great.

What does the future hold? I want to leave this park in good fettle for the future. I would like to visit more friends' gardens and to keep learning more of this fascinating world of plants, then have a well-earned retirement.


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