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Goodbye Gardener Jesse

Goodbye Gardener Jesse

Published: 26 April 2018

It's goodbye to our Head Gardener Jesse Hammond, who leaves us after more than six years working at Sharpham.

Jesse was just in his 20s when he was given the job of looking after the formal, woodland and walled gardens surrounding Sharpham House.

Since that time, he's worked on trees, flowers, shrubs and vegetables - using organic and sustainable practices to great effect.

Every Tuesday he's worked with our team of Garden volunteers (find out more about that here).

He's also been a big figure (literally) on Sharpham's Apple Day, where he's overseen and executed the apple pressing, and on our Tree Care Day. This year he held a pruning workshop, sharing his tree knowledge with visitors.

His marquee-erecting skills came in handy every year when we put up our Open Day tent, whilst his canoeing skills helped Sharpham compete and win in the Totnes Canoe Festival. His leaving present was a canoe trip on the River Dart.

Thanks for all you've done Jesse - we really appreciate it!

Meanwhile we say hello to Bryony Middleton here, who has stepped into Jesse's big wellies.

She's writing a regular piece for our newsletter (sign up here if you haven't) with Sharpham garden updates and ideas for people to use in their own gardens. Here's her first piece.

 

 

Jesse on the Apple Press on Apple Day
Jesse loved this Magnolia tree, which in 2016 flowered like he'd never seen before