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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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Carriage Tours

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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

This Study Day is now fully booked, please have a look at some of our other events.
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Spring Pruning Study Day

This session is designed to give you a wide range of pruning skills - you will get hands on with plant material in order to gain confidence in your own garden maintenance.
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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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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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Carriage Tours

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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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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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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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Set against the stunning backdrop of Woburn Abbey and within 42 acres of Abbey Gardens, "The Gardener’s Garden Show" offers one of the best locations of any show in the UK.
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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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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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Carriage Tours

and
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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Bee Walk

Discover the importance of attracting bees to your garden and, more importantly, how to attract them.
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Carriage Tours

and
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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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

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

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