In January 2012 I retired as head gardener from the private estate of Mill Court near Alton, Hampshire where I had worked since 1977.
As a head gardener running a small estate of 30 acres this meant I worked in greenhouses, vegetable and fruit gardens, herbaceous and shrub borders as well as looking after the trees, ponds and natural features on the estate.
Since retiring I am available for more daytime talks. I am still based in Alton, Hampshire.
I have lectured at local adult education centres on gardening skills, garden design and growing your own fruit & vegetables.
For over twelve years I was a regular expert on LBCs Weekend Matters along with Matthew Biggs, Christeen Walkden, John Allbutt and Jim Butress. I have also appeared on BBC Southern Counties Radio and Delta FM.
It has also been good to give talks and lectures to horticultural societies, gardening clubs, WI’s, Women’s Guilds, schools and various associations sharing the practical knowledge I have gained over the years and spreading the joy and fun of gardening.
I am a member of the SURREY GUILD of JUDGES and LECTURERS and on the list of speakers for the Hampshire Federation of Horticultural Societies
I have also been part of the team at Loseley Gardening Show with John Negus, Peter Mills, Paul Patton and Alan Sergeant.
I am now CRB checked. This has given me chance to work with parents and children in Sure Start organisations in the area.
For a little bit of light relief from the day job I was involved in the running of Froyle Gardening Club having done two stints as Chairman and was on the committee for many years. I am still a member of the club even though we have moved to Alton.
I also took part in 23 of the 25 pantomines produced by the Froyle Players. Not many bearded dames around. Sadly the pantomines folded due to the sale of Lord Mayor Treloars site in Upper Froyle where the shows were performed.
Now I am enjoying the fun of Alton U3A, running the Gardening for All group and going on gentle walks and bird watching. I may also get on one of the bike rides if the old hip is not playing up.