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George Thorpe M.A., M.Hort

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George started his career in Cambridge as a geography undergraduate at Jesus College and retired as Head Gardener at Trinity College in 2010. He now specialises in his favourite aspects of horticulture, pruning, report writing and giving talks.

Nestling behind the well-known arena of the Great Court lies the oldest segment of the extensive gardens, the Fellows' Bowling Green which had been laid out prior to the foundation of Trinity College by Henry VIII. Sloping gently down to the river Cam are the famous Backs with their grassy paddocks, avenues of cherry and lime and in spring, delightful masses of colour. The spacious Victorian Fellows garden, devastated by the demise of the elms, was resuscitated in the late twentieth century by the establishment of a new thoroughfare and vista. Here are majestic trees, mature shrub borders and inviting paths through a wildflower meadow. George considers he was lucky to have managed this splendid garden which required his wide range of expertise and an appreciation for diverse styles of presentation.