5 minutes with Andrew Turvey Head Gardener at Hatfield House

We talk to Andrew Turvey Head Gardener at Hatfield House about his passion for gardens, inspiration and The Game Fair…

What inspired you to take your career path?

Since seeing a television program on the lost gardens of Heligan I knew I wanted to restore gardens. The gardens truly were lost, buried under bramble and ivy when it’s workers were conscripted during World War I.  In the 1990’s these once glorious gardens were brought back to life in every sense to tell, the tales of those “ordinary” people who had made these gardens great, before departing for the Great War. The program inspired me at the age of 13, and my path was set.

What areas of Hatfield Park do you most admire?

I don’t have a favorite however the area I feel most relaxed in is the East Garden. The garden consists of a mixture of formal parterres, Maze, Kitchen Garden, Arboretum planting and it also features a water body called New Pond created in 1640’s. It is the presence of water that makes it special for me.

What are your challenges for the next year?

Assisting The Game Fair and Capel Manor in creating and delivering the largest show garden ever built in the UK is certainly a challenge. However, it is one that I am enjoying immensely. Both teams bring imagination and creativity to the project. The garden will be immersive and a completely new experience for regular visitors to The Game Fair.

How is the environment shaping your decisions and processes?

Our biggest pressures are pests and disease, particularly box blight and Box Moth. We are researching and testing alternative planting for formal hedges which make up a large proportion of our planting within the formal gardens at Hatfield House.

What one tool could you not do without?

My team. I am fortunate to work with an amazing team who are passionate about the gardens and their place at Hatfield House.

What would you tell young people looking to peruse a career in Horticulture?

Horticulture offers such a divers and satisfying career. It combines so many disciplines from working with your hand to design, science and so much more. The enjoyment that is gained from growing and cultivation and working with plants is so fulfilling. Try to gain as much experience as possible, leaning the same tasks from different people is a great way to evaluate the merits and then forge your own methods. Most of all enjoy your career.

What are you most looking forward to about The Game Fair?

The excitement and joy that the new Game Fair Gardens will bring to the 120,000 visitors expected over the three days. It is always a pleasure to watch people enjoying something you have played a part in creating, particularly a project on such a scale.

Tickets for 2019 

Advance tickets are now available online, and there are further offers for members of a wide range of guest associations to be confirmed.

 

Advance prices

Adult – £27

Concession / Association – £25

Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) – £67

Children (8-16 yrs) – £10

Children (under 8 yrs) free

Multi day tickets are available

Premium Parking – £20

In Show Parking – £40

Silver Package – Breakfast within The Game Fair Enclosure – £89

Gold Package – Lunch within The Game Fair Enclosure – £119

Platinum – The Game Fair Enclosure – £199

 

On the gate sales

Adult – £34

Concession / Association – £32

Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) – £80

Children (8-16 yrs) – £10

Children (under 8 yrs) free

Please note standard parking is free and dogs are welcome.