Gardener / Conservationist
Spye Farms Ltd
Assistant gardener and conservationist at Spye Park, a large privately owned country estate near Lacock in Wiltshire. Duties are twofold - to assist the head gardener in maintaining a large organic kitchen garden and to improve the environmental and landscape value of approximately 90 acres of parkland by reintroducing a system of traditional grassland management.
This latter role is what particularly attracted me to take on this role as I have the opportunity to work with Pam Lewis, noted gardener and conservationist who designs and creates wildlife gardens. She specializes in the making and management of wildflower meadows. She has written a number of books including 'Making Wildflower Meadows' and her own garden at Sticky Wicket in Dorset has featured in many books and magazines.
Duties for both roles are varied but include seed collecting, planting and propogation, reintroducing native British species of flowers, grasses, herbs and shrubs and the control or eradication of non native or aggresive species of plants.