The Woburn Abbey Gardens Team

Woburn Abbey Gardens are managed by an award-winning team of RHS-trained gardeners and support staff. Pictured right, the team includes:

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  • Ann Birch - Assistant Gardener/Grower
  • Tom Abbott - Head Gardener Bedford Estates London
  • Brian Read - Travelling Gardener
  • Ben O'Connor - Travelling Gardener
  • Matthew Catling - Head Gardener -  Woburn Safari Park 
  • Jessica Dewett - Assistant Gardener/House Plant Technician
  • Tom Bassett - Travelling Gardener
  • Martin Towsey - Estates Gardens' Manager
  • Douglas Francis - Deputy Head Gardener
  • Buster Yirrell - Enclosure Groundskeeper
  • Sean Pudsey - Assistant Gardener
  • Jo Wright - Garden Sales and Social Media Coordinator
  • Andrew Grout - Head Gardener Woburn Abbey Gardens
  • Stuart Singleton - Journeyman Gardener
  • Chantal Leotaud - Assistant Gardener

> An Interview With Martin Towsey


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Garden Tours

A variety of garden tours are available for pre-booked groups  and guided by one of our RHS-qualified, award-winning team. We have also prepared a number of podcasts for you to download to your mobile phone or MP3 player. Enjoy these as you walk around the garden at your own pace. 

> Download An Audio Tour


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Study Days 

Check out our Events page for details of the various study days we run throughout the year. Our RHS-trained gardeners utilise their many years of horticultural expertise to teach new skills to participants and develop exitising knowledge. 

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Events & Exhibitions

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Bat Walk

Take an exclusive tour of the Woburn Abbey Gardens at night and learn about the nocturnal activities of the bats living in the gardens.
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Bat Walk

This event has now sold out but we have more dates available.
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Bat Walk

Take an exclusive tour of the Woburn Abbey Gardens at night and learn about the nocturnal activities of the bats living in the gardens.
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Terrarium Workshop

Bedford Estates Head Gardener, Tom Abbott will show you how to create a terrarium which you will then get to take home.
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Bat Walk

Take an exclusive tour of the Woburn Abbey Gardens at night and learn about the nocturnal activities of the bats living in the gardens.
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Adam Frost: Intro into Garden Design

This event has now sold out - please check back at a later date as we are planning similar events to this in the future.
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Treasury of Trees Walking Tour

Join us for a guided walk in our Quercetum and Pinetum areas of the gardens to discover our treasury of trees.
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Christmas Flowers with Jonathan Moseley

A masterclass in Christmas flower-arranging with floral expert, Jonathan Moseley.
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Woburn Abbey Garden Show 2019

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Early Bird rates can now be booked on-line for the Gardeners' Garden Show.