Head gardener at the world-famous Stourhead reflects on his time at Writtle

January 2014

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Best-known for his affecting descriptions of Autumn at Stourhead on Radio 4, Alan Power has credited Writtle College with setting him up for a distinguished career working on historic gardens.

Alan is now Head Gardener and Estate Manager for the world-famous National Trust at Stourhead and is regularly featured on BBC Radio 4’s PM show with presenter Eddie Mair, capturing the ethereal beauty of the gardens as the seasons change.

Before this, he was Head Gardener at Mount Stewart for the National Trust in Northern Ireland. He has also been Assistant Head Gardener at Stourhead, Tree Surgeon with South of Ireland Tree Services and Gardener/Estate Worker at Marks Hall Arboretum in Essex.

Alan studied the National Diploma in Amenity Horticulture at Writtle College in 1993.

He said: “Writtle gave me a gateway into horticulture and in turn set me up for my life ahead. My time there was fun, exciting, hard work, inspiring and varied.

“I really enjoyed learning about plants; the plant identification sessions were brilliant and the basics I gained then still help now. Other areas of particular interest and enjoyment were Arboriculture and Garden History.”

Alan’s expertise and love of the landscape garden has led to him recently going on a three month tour of some of the best gardens in England, Ireland and Wales on his trusty 1958 Norton motorcycle, which he recorded on Twitter and Facebook. He also spent time filming a garden series for the BBC.