Meet the Gardeners

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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Parkland Tour - August

Come along on a tour around our beautiful deer park, and experience it as Humphry Repton intended.
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Bat Walks

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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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Autumn Gardening Skills

This session is designed to give you a range of horticultural skills and enable you to get hands on with plant material to gain the confidence with your own garden maintenance. The perfect introduction if you are not sure where, when or how to get started in your own garden.
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Bat Walks

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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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Pruning Study Day

This session is designed to give you a wide range of pruning skills and enable you to get hands on with plant material to gain the confidence with your own garden maintenance.
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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 2018

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After the huge success of the 2017 Garden Show this June we are pleased to announce that tickets can now be purchased for the 9th Woburn Abbey Garden Show taking place on 23rd and 24th June 2018. Set against the stunning backdrop of Woburn Abbey, ‘The Gardener’s Garden Show’ offers visitors one of the best location of any show in the UK, taking place within the 42 acres of Abbey Gardens.