His focus is to maintain and restore as much of the surviving 18th century parkland and features at Hartwell as possible.
Richard has worked in horticulture since leaving school. He ran his own grounds contracting business for five years during which he won a gold award for service to others in the 2000 Thames Valley Enterprise Awards.
Before moving to Hartwell as Head Gardener in 2008, he spent six years working for the Waddesdon Estate in the Rothschild’s private gardens.
His focus in the gardens at Hartwell is to maintain and restore as much of the surviving 18th century parkland and features as possible, allowing for the change in purpose of the house, and is committed to providing as much fresh produce for the restaurant as he can from Hartwell’s own vegetable gardens and orchard.