Popular gardening blogger Jamie Harris is the new Assistant Head Gardener at Nymans
Popular gardening blogger Jamie Harris has started work as the new Assistant Head Gardener at Nymans. He joins us from his previous post as a gardener at Chartwell in Kent, the home of Sir Winston Churchill.
Jamie says Nymans is an exciting place to work, “Nymans is a fantastic place… not only because of the amazing plant collection, fascinating history and spirit of creativity and experimentation, but also because of the dedicated and talented team that works here. Everyone is pulling together to make Nymans the best garden it can possibly be.” He’s also keen to promote green issues “Nymans is leading the way with environmentally friendly projects; the composting system here is the best in all the National Trust. The Trust is a conservation charity with specific goals, I’m part of a big national team and our motto is ‘Forever, for everyone’ “.
Jamie Harris is a keen writer and a popular blogger on everything to do with plants and gardening, he says “I started writing the garden blog for Chartwell back in 2011. During this time I produced around 135 posts, amassing a total of over 36,000 hits. It was picked up for syndication by the Horticulture Week website and also won the National Trust Blog of the Month award”. He has started a new blog at Nymans which gives him plenty of scope to write about a whole new garden filled with lots of different plants and connect with a wider audience. You can read his blog at http://nymansgardenblognt.wordpress.com/ .
Jamie is no stranger to media work: he spent much of his early working life in the television and media industry, mostly in a senior position at Sky Sports; but his passion is for gardening. He says “It was when I started running an allotment in 2005 that I realized that my interests and career actually laid elsewhere. I started by volunteering at my local National Trust property, Osterley Park, and then undertaking a home study course in horticulture. Both prepared me to take the RHS Level 2 exam. The big change came when I was accepted on to the National Trust Careership scheme as a gardener at Chartwell in Kent, the home of Sir Winston Churchill. During this time I received the award for National Trust Trainee Gardener of the Year and spent time working at the likes of RHS Wisley, Chelsea Physic Garden, The Eden Project, Wakehurst Place and River Cottage.