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Sculpture by the Lakes bolsters gardening team

by | 12 Apr 24 | News

Dorset’s acclaimed sculpture park and accredited botanic garden, Sculpture by the Lakes, has welcomed two new gardeners to its team.

Bob Burstow, formerly of the Eden Project and the National Botanic Garden of Wales, has joined the team as senior horticulturist.

Burstow, who was trained by the Professional Gardeners’ Guild, will head up the Sculpture by the Lakes gardening team, working alongside garden director and co-founder Monique Gudgeon.

Commenting on his new role, Burstow says: “Horticulture is such a misunderstood trade, either seen as a nice-to-have hobby or manual labour. The reality is that it is so much more important than either of those viewpoints because we have a duty to tend to beautiful locations like Sculpture by the Lakes in terms of the flora, and fauna by default. We are the caretakers of this landscape, and it is our responsibility to ensure that the site thrives while protecting it for years to come.”

He will be joined by Kingston Maurward apprentice Alex Peel, who joins the team as under gardeners.

Peel is set to quality in his studies in RHS Level 2 Certificate in Practical Horticulture in May this year.He comments on the apprenticeship, saying: “There is such a variety of work at Sculpture by the Lakes and no day is ever the same.

“The site has an abundance of different species; the forsythia especially looks to be something really special. I’m really looking forward to seeing what the garden reveals as the seasons change. To have this opportunity so close to home really is a privilege.”

For more information about Sculpture by the Lakes, visit

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