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Alan Sargent, F. I. Hort

Price Band B

Based in Sussex

Alan started in horticulture in 1968  and specialises in 18th and 19th century gardens, with the emphasis on construction and materials. One of his greatest interests is traditional paving, and for more than twenty years he has acted as the ‘practical’ trainer demonstrating ‘old fashioned’ techniques i.e. pre-mechanical stone saws. He was the ‘trainer’ member of The Traditional Paving Development Group based at The University of The West of England (UWE) in Bristol, working alongside Richard Guise (Faculty of the Built Environment), Nigel Green (Historic Consultant, Hove Borough Council), Mike Astin (Natural Stone manager, Marshalls Mono, Halifax and Michael Heap (CED Stone Specialists, Essex). He has also written Standards for materials including granite sett laying and the use of small element paving (tile, tessaries, mosaics etc) in the context of Historic Houses.


Alan became Head Gardener to Goodwood Estate in 2001, leaving after six years having overseen the development of the new private gardens.

He is still involved with Goodwood, and looks after half a dozen large private gardens, mainly 150 – 200 years old, in the Sussex/Surrey/Hampshire area.

A full member of the Garden Media Guild, he writes regularly for The Horticulture Week, on garden management issues, and also writes a column replying to readers questions, again, on ‘management’ matters. Since 2003, he has also been a full member of The Professional Gardeners Guild.


His experience in garden design and construction includes 61 RHS Show gardens, 37 of which were designed by himself. Construction included complete implementation, from start to finish.

He was on the RHS Chelsea Show gardens panel for more than ten years, and spent seven years as a Gardens Assessor and Judge.