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Peter Fields

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Peter has enjoyed 49 years engaged in hands on, practical gardening. It began with a 5 year apprenticeship with Derby Parks Department, during which time he studied for City and Guilds Stages 1 & 2 and the Certificated Gardener qualification, whilst on day release classes. These combined the theory and science of gardening with a high practical content. He spent several two or three year periods in a variety of gardens and situations starting with a short spell at Waterer's Nursery in Surrey with the intention of learning about as many plants as possible.  This was followed by two years at a Children's home as a single handed gardener then two years as Head Gardener at a South Wales hospital with 50 acres of grounds, glasshouses, walled garden and eight acres of vegetable production supplying the hospital kitchens. 

During the next two and a half years as assistant manager on a commercial nursery producing tomatoes, lettuce, pot plants and cut flowers and where possible retaining the traditional ways inculcated by the Park's training. He found much in commercial practices that helped to modify the traditional  ways by making working practices more efficient and cost effective.  His next post was as Head Gardener at Broomfield College of Agriculture and Horticulture in Derbyshire, coincidentally where he had studied as a student. An exciting venture for the next 15 years was single handedly turning a neglected Victorian garden into an 8 acre greatly admired plantsman's collection of trees, shrubs and perennials.  Here he also had a range of glass and vegetables. Projects involved the construction of a large rock garden and water feature using local limestone, with some pieces weighing in excess of two tons. Peter is a long time member of The PGG, rising through its ranks to become Chairman of the Guild. Peter's 6 year tenure as Chairman saw the PGG develop greatly, securing the position of The Guild and establishing Peter as one of the most highly respected professionals within the horticulture industry.

His final post was to spend 16 years as Head Gardener in a 25 acre estate garden that drew on all his skills and experience.  This included the establishment of a plant production facility producing shrubs and perennials for sale.  Peter offers a wealth of experience in the skills and practicalities of developing and maintaining a garden to a high standard.