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Nick Hamilton

Nick Hamilton

Barnsdale Gardens

Name one thing unique about your business.

We have the largest collection of individually designed gardens in the country.

What is the busiest time of year for you?

We are classed more as a tourist attraction than a horticultural business, which invariably means we are busier through spring, summer and autumn.

How important is social media?

It is very important, not only for attracting new business but keeping many of our return visitors up to date with what’s going on at Barnsdale.

Do you monitor your competitors’ progress?

I like to visit other gardens to get ideas. Nobody can think of everything and it’s nice to be continually learning and then pinch the best ideas!

Describe yourself in three words.

Enthusiastic, thoughtful, humorous.

What are your unfulfilled career ambitions?

I have a vision to move this fantastic resource towards becoming one of the foremost educational facilities in the country for amateurs and professionals.

Best book you’ve ever read?

Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall by Spike Milligan

Your most inspirational garden?

This one. I feel very honoured to have been left in charge of such a wonderful place.

First album you ever bought?

Parallel Lines by Blondie.

If you could be any Superhero – who would it be?

Superman – I just like the idea of wearing your pants on the outside!



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