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MARTIN TOWSEY, ESTATES GARDEN MANAGER

Martin is responsible for all the horticultural areas of the estate including the Abbey Gardens, Safari Park (enclosures and foot safari), The Woburn Hotel, The Woburn Village, Woburn Golf Club Amenity Areas, London Estates and the Duke and Duchess' private residence.

How did you get started in the industry?

I did a 3 year apprenticeship with Nottingham City Council while on a day release to my local horticultural college. Every 6 months I would move placement around the city gardens, learning about different aspects of horticulture and life. Thank you to all the great people I have worked with whilst learning my trade!

What advice would you give to others starting out?

Hard work pays off and seize every opportunity for experience. Try to become a rounded horticulturalist and don’t let anyone tell you it can’t be done.

What is your typical day?

I would start by catching up with the bigger projects across the estate. My job is 50 / 50 office and out on the land.  No two days are the same except for the daily duties of emails and phone calls, but I have been lucky to have been set up to tackle a lot of this on the move. I also have a great team. 

What is the best aspect of your job?

Working with my brilliant team of staff and the projects we are lucky to be able to do, particularly at the Abbey Gardens. We have seen the garden come back to life from the work we are doing here.

And the worst?

Time wasting and time theft. Grrrrrrh!

What is your greatest work achievements?

Seeing the Abbey Gardens coming to life and receiving the awards and recognition the Gardens Team are getting.       

How do you wind down after a hard day?   

Spending time with my family or mowing the lawn at home.

What does the future hold?

We have five sets of 5 year plans for the Gardens. This is to make them a nationally recognised garden that is stimulating, relevant and interesting - that’s my focus!

Events & Exhibitions

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Christmas Flowers with Jonathan Moseley

This event is now sold out - Jonathan Moseley will be at Woburn for 3 workshops in 2019.
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Carriage Tours - April

An exciting experience back by popular demand, enjoy a tour in a private carriage around the grounds and gardens of Woburn Abbey.
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Adam Frost: Introduction to Planting

Find out how to approach designing the beds and borders in your garden. Whether you are starting from scratch or want to refresh existing areas of your garden, Adam will share the essential things you need to know to get started.
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Spring and Easter Flower Celebration with Jonathan Moseley

Celebrate the arrival of spring with this masterclass in spring flower-arranging with floral expert, Jonathan Moseley.
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Humphry Repton Study Day

Immerse yourself in the life and work of the last great landscape designer of the 18th century.
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Carriage Tours - May

An exciting experience back by popular demand, enjoy a tour in a private carriage around the grounds and gardens of Woburn Abbey.
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Summer Flowers Sensation with Jonathan Moseley

Celebrate the wealth of opportunities summer offers for growing and arranging flowers with floral expert, Jonathan Moseley.
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VIP Garden Show package Saturday 22nd June

We invite you to enjoy a very special day out at the Woburn Abbey Garden Show with our exclusive VIP packages.
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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.
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VIP Garden Show package Sunday 23rd June

We invite you to enjoy a very special day out at the Woburn Abbey Garden Show with our exclusive VIP packages.
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Carriage Tours - June

An exciting experience back by popular demand, enjoy a tour in a private carriage around the grounds and gardens of Woburn Abbey.
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Carriage Tours - July

An exciting experience back by popular demand, enjoy a tour in a private carriage around the grounds and gardens of Woburn Abbey.
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Carriage Tours - August

An exciting experience back by popular demand, enjoy a tour in a private carriage around the grounds and gardens of Woburn Abbey.