Danny Wilcockson
Gardens Illustrated|September 2017

Working at Trentham with its combination of heritage ‘Capability’ Brown landscape and Piet Oudolf’s contemporary planting gives Danny a varied day-to-day challenge

Earliest gardening memory

Aged five, helping my Dad lift potatoes at his allotment and the distinctive allotment smell of greens smouldering on a bonfire.

What did you do before horticulture became your career?

Somehow I ended up as a market research executive, spending my days behind a desk in London. When I was made redundant in 2011 I had space to focus on where I wanted to be, what I wanted to do, and what satisfied me most. I decided to retrain in horticulture at Northumberland College and I am so glad I did.

What about the next generation of gardeners?

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