Painshill welcomes new Head of Estates and Landscape

The Painshill Park Trust are delighted to welcome new Head of Estates and Landscape, Simon Akeroyd to the team.

Simon joins Painshill with a wealth of gardening experience and knowledge. Sharing his gardening expertise through writing regularly for national newspapers and magazines, he has also featured and presented on various TV gardening programs. Simon has even authored over 30 popular gardening books and has written for Grow Your Own Magazine for the last 15 years, also previously has worked as a horticultural researcher, writer and producer for the BBC.

Previously a Head Gardener for the National Trust and the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), Simon has managed gardens including RHS Wisley, RHS Harlow Carr, Sheffield Park, Polesden Lacey, Coleton Fishacre, Compton Castle and Agatha Christie’s Greenway.

Simon believes passionately in encouraging everyone to grow plants;

“We are lucky to enjoy 160 acres of stunning landscape at Painshill but you really don’t need much space to reap the benefits of gardening. A window-box, porch or indoor windowsill will do.

Not only do plants make your surrounding space look more beautiful, but it helps the wildlife and the planet too. It also helps keep you fit and healthy as well as providing you with your own delicious food. Gardening helps you and your neighbours feel good about themselves. Everybody is a winner and we all feel happier. So what are you waiting for….grab a trowel and get planting!”

Painshill Director, Paul Griffiths, welcomed Simon to Painshill;

“We are delighted that Simon has taken on the role of Head of Estates and Landscape at Painshill. His drive, passion and energy are clear to see and we are excited to work with Simon as the charity continues to move forward with restoration and maintenance of Painshill’s 18th century historical landscape so that it may continue to be enjoyed by many future generations to come.”