The horticultural team
Chris joined the team as Head Garden in 2017 having previously worked as senior horticulturalist at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, home to 14 national collections including Quercus. Bringing 15 years experience and the drive and enthusiasm to really move the gardens forward, improving on the already high standards his background in garden design is going to be put to good use, as we are planning to redevelop several areas throughout the gardens. Chris enjoys growing hardy exotics and you may spot a few of these appearing in the gardens.
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, he has been known to dress up as Scottish plantsman George Forrest to entertain visitors!
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 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.