NEW HEAD

New head gar­den­der ap­pointed at Bod­nant

North Wales Weekly News - - FRONT PAGE - BY MARI JONES mari.jones@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @week­lynews­mari

AWORLD - FA­MOUS North Wales gar­den has ap­pointed a new head gar­dener fol­low­ing an 18-month search.

The pres­ti­gious role at Bod­nant Gar­den has gone to John Rip­pin, who was for­merly deputy gar­dener at Hid­cote in Glouces­ter­shire and head gar­dener at Cas­tle Drogo in Dart­moor.

The fa­mous 80-acre gar­den near Conwy has been search­ing for a head gar­dener since the de­par­ture of Troy Smith 18 months ago.

He left to take the lead at the gar­den at Siss­inghurst in Kent.

At Bod­nant, Mr Smith showed con­fi­dence in hack­ing back prized but over­grown rhodo­den­drons and camel­lias, re­plant­ing tired beds and cre­at­ing new bor­ders and a win­ter gar­den.

He stayed at Bod­nant for seven years, say­ing at the time of his de­par­ture: “Bod­nant has the best of ev­ery­thing: the for­mal el­e­ments, the in­for­mal dell, the views – the vi­sion of the cre­ators is amaz­ing. I’m truly sad to go.”

Mr Smith had stepped into an il­lus­tri­ous role dom­i­nated by three gen­er­a­tions of one fam­ily. Fred­er­ick, Charles and Martin Pud­dle were the head gar­den­ers who helped shape the gar­den through­out the 20th cen­tury along­side the McLaren fam­ily, who gave the gar­den to the Na­tional Trust in 1949.

Wil­liam Green­wood, prop­erty man­ager at Bod­nant Gar­den, said: “It has taken some time. We were de­ter­mined to find the right per­son for this very spe­cial job.

“We have met some out­stand­ing can­di­dates along the way, but at last we have found our head gar­dener.

“Our deputy head gar­dener Adam Salvin has held the fort fan­tas­ti­cally over the last 18 months, and guided the gar­den through ma­jor de­vel­op­ments, open­ing new gar­den ar­eas and im­prov­ing ac­cess for fam­i­lies, dog walk­ers and pic­nick­ers.

“With more new ar­eas open­ing in the next few years, there are ex­cit­ing times ahead here at Bod­nant Gar­den.

“We’ve now got a head gar­dener to take Bod­nant on­ward and up­ward.”

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