Training gardeners

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THE Victorian walled garden at Peckover House in Wisbech, with its long history of training heritage gardeners, is once more the setting for learning and inspiration. Heritage Lottery funding has been granted to Gressenhall Museum in Dereham in partnership with Peckover House to provide internships for two trainee gardeners, Kay Davis and Nigel Boldero. They will work until the spring at Peckover before moving on to Gressenhall.

For Kay and Nigel, whose passion for gardening began early in life and whose interests and experience between them encompass garden planning, fine art and history, this is an ideal way to gain experience. It is hard to imagine more inspiring surroundings than the tranquility and beauty of Peckover or the dedicated recreation of rural life at Gressenhall.

Allison Napier, National Trust’s Gardener in Charge at Peckover, is very pleased to be part of a scheme that can only benefit everyone involved. “It is very satisfying to watch trainees grow in confidence and learn to apply new skills. Not only does Peckover benefit from the extra help, but also from the great enthusiasm which each trainee brings.”