My role as a gardener at Airedale
I have worked at Airedale for almost 10 years including six as a gardener and three as head gardener. We are lucky to have such beautiful surroundings here at Airedale and this is one thing that has kept me here for so many years. Since becoming head gardener, I have enjoyed trying to raise the profile of the grounds and gardens by working with other departments and professionals.
I have done many other kinds of jobs but my heart has always been with the outdoors and gardening in particular. I started when I was around six years old tending my grandmother’s garden in the school holidays. I went on to work weekends in a rose growing nursery at the age of 11 and from there my passion grew. Now, 27 years later I am still learning every day and thankfully the passion is still there.
Airedale gave me a chance to express my passion and further my career and I hope that this shows in our work throughout the grounds. Despite the financial difficulties the Trust continues to face, our team tries to make the gardens look as good as possible and when it works this gives us great satisfaction.
Over the past few years I have had the opportunity to work with colleagues from several departments and I have learned such a lot from this. I feel that this integration proves that we are all important to each other in our quest to provide the best for our patients. I receive a great deal of support, encouragement and praise from my managers and colleagues and this is a big part of what makes Airedale stand out for me.
Where else can you enjoy a stroll around lovely gardens taking in the fresh air and admiring the greenery and landscape during your lunch break?
Steve Marshall, Head Gardener – Estates Maintenance