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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Flower Painting Study Day

Join us for a day of flower painting as we turn one of the rooms in the Historic North Court of Woburn Abbey into an art studio for the day.
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Woburn Abbey Garden Show 2018

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Now in its 9th year, the ‘Gardeners’ Garden Show’ has become an important diary date for gardening enthusiasts. Set in 42-acres of the Abbey’s beautifully landscaped gardens, the show offers unparalleled access to award-winning exhibitors and nurseries that have been handpicked by Woburn. The displays are complemented by an array of live entertainment, artisan foods, shopping, demonstrations, informative talks and gardening advice, tips and tours.
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VIP Garden Show package Saturday 23rd June

Bookings for VIP tickets are now closed, tickets for general admission to the Garden Show are still available.
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VIP Garden Show package Sunday 24th June

Bookings for VIP tickets are now closed, tickets for general admission to the Garden Show are still available.
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Rose Study Day

Studying and appreciation of roses with David Austin’s Rosarian Michael Marriott
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Twilight Parkland Tour - July

Experience the grounds of Woburn Abbey in a whole new light on this exclusive out-of-hours tour of the parkland and gardens.
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Carriage Tours - July

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An exciting experience back by popular demand, enjoy a tour in a private carriage around the grounds and gardens
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Bee Walk

Discover the importance of attracting bees to your garden and, more importantly, how to attract them.
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Twilight Parkland Tour

Experience the grounds of Woburn Abbey in a whole new light on this exclusive out-of-hours tour of the parkland and gardens.
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Twilight Parkland Tour - August

Experience the grounds of Woburn Abbey in a whole new light on this exclusive out-of-hours tour of the parkland and gardens.
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Carriage Tours - August

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An exciting experience back by popular demand, enjoy a tour in a private carriage around the grounds and gardens
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Bat Walks

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

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

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

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

Have you ever wondered how to approach designing your own garden, what you need to know to be a garden designer or the skills involved?
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Christmas Flowers with Jonathan Moseley

A masterclass in Christmas flower-arranging with floral expert, Jonathan Moseley.