A day in the life of Tom, our green fingered superhero.
Herstmonceux Castle Gardens and Grounds have been a popular tourist destination for many years. This is largely down to a dedicated team who work hard behind the scenes to create a memorable first impression for our visitors.
We thought you might like to meet some of these people and gain an insight into their daily tasks. This month, as part of an occasional series, we join Thomas, a long term staff member and assistant to our Head Gardener.
On warm spring days, the young plants in the poly tunnels that are destined for the gardens are checked and a few growing tips pinched out. Others are made ready for sale to our visitors.
Tom then heads off to do some grass cutting in the Rose Garden, a seemingly endless job around the estate at this time of year.
He uses a grass trimmer for that final touch around the lawn edges.
Following a well-earned lunch break, the plant database is updated with details of the new arrivals.
Then it’s time for weeding in the herbaceous borders, not particularly glamorous but important work none the less.
Finally, Tom returns to the poly tunnels to water the summer bedding plants and pack everything away ready for the next day.Our team is smaller than many people imagine but thanks to people like Tom, working hard throughout the year in all kinds of weather, the gardens are kept tidy and consistently interesting.We hope you have enjoyed reading about Tom’s day and if there are other areas of our work that you would like to learn more about, please let us know.
We look forward to welcoming you here soon.
The team at Herstmonceux Castle.