'The gardens looked fantastic today. Loved the large swathes of long grass with wild flowers amongst them, the vegetable garden looked enviously good and the sweet peas are blooming ready for their admirers next week. Lovely lunch outside. Always leave feeling so much better than when I arrived.' June 2013
Ursula and Spot

About the Team

The costs involved in bringing a garden on this scale back to life are BIG and we are a small team. The whole project is overseen by me, Ursula Cholmeley.

We have a team of four gardeners to make sure the gardens look their best through the seasons. They are Stephen Marsland, the first employee for the gardens in fifty years and now Senior Gardener; Tim Metcalf-Kemp who has taken on the walled kitchen garden as his particular area; Nick Dalby, who runs the vegetable garden (which supplies for the tearoom), plant sales and gives tours; and Jamie Morgan.

The office is run by Landy Hosli and Mary McKinlay who organise all group bookings amongst their many and varied responsibilities. Elizabeth Badenoch runs the shop and welcomes visitors.

The tearoom is run by Davina Morgan. Cakes are homemade by Davina, who is also my sister-in-law. Lucy Dawes arranges the changing displays of flowers every week.

In the winter we rely heavily on help from the farm to do some of the work that is not possible during the open season. This may include hedge planting, car park maintenance, fencing and tree surgery. We also have occasional volunteers who help plant bulbs, weed the wildflower terraces and work in the cottage garden.