The horticultural team

Will Woodman

Head Gardener

From a young age Will has always had a passion for plants, he attended Shuttleworth College gaining a National Dipolma in Horticulture, then moved on to the Historic and Botanical Garden Training Scheme working at Lullingstone Castle, Hever Castle and Great Windsor Parks, gaining a wide range of experience and knowledge, and developed a particular interest in conifers and historic plant hunting and our fantastic oak collection.


John Black  

As an Old Gaurdsman, John brings a millitary precision to both the lawns and the vegatable garden. Having lived and worked in Devon since 1987 John has turned his hand to everything from Police support, transport, building restoration and animal husbandry, but is probably best known for playing the bagpipes and can often be heard practicing in the gardens.


Steve Damerel  

Steve has worked at Chevithorne Barton for over 30 years, he primarily focuses on the farm and buildings maintenance, yet is always ready to lend a hand when it comes to the bigger garden projects and still finds time to be a shepherd to the small flock of Jacob sheep. As a fully qualified mechanic he keeps all our mowers and tractors in good working order. He has the enviable ability to look at a bolt from 20 yards away and know exactly what size spanner you’ll need.


Greg Watson

Greg used to be a professional swimmer, but has now found a new passion for horticulture. He has done his training with the MacRobert Trust, where he gained excellent experience working in their gardens. Greg has drive and motivation to learn all the new skills he can while he works with us at Chevithorne and has recently found an interest in the fruiting trees, leading him to start a project to undertake the restoration of our old apple orchard.