Gardener has flower power after Chatsworth promotion

Steve Porter, the new head gardener at Chatsworth.
Steve Porter, the new head gardener at Chatsworth.
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LIFE’S a bed of roses for this talented gardener as he takes over the top job at the historic Chatsworth estate.

Steve Porter, aged 35, is following in the footsteps of horticulture greats such as Capability Brown and Joseph Paxton after being appointed head gardener at Chatsworth House.

Steve will be responsible for managing the upkeep of the 105-acre garden and parkland, leading a team of 25 workers.

His job will be to improve the grounds, overseeing new projects and working regularly with the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, who take a close interest in the garden.

Green-fingered Steve started his career with The National Trust, becoming their youngest-ever head gardener at 23.

He arrived at Chatsworth four years ago as assistant head gardener to Ian Webster, who held the top job for four decades before his retirement.

Steve said: “It feels a great honour to be taking up this post for one of the most iconic gardens in Britain, following in the tradition of some of the most famous gardeners that have ever lived and also caring for a place that so many people have either a connection or passion for.”

The garden includes a large maze, many rare trees and shrubs and the rose, cottage and kitchen gardens.

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