Since 2012 she has been instrumental in the development of the garden at St Giles House, which has included a planting scheme of over 2000 plants, during the Spring of 2014 alone.
Prior to this, Alison was totally responsible for the restoration of the fifteen acre, Jekyll/ Mawson garden in the grounds of The Philip Green Memorial School, Boveridge House near Cranborne in Dorset.
This included researching the history of the garden, translating the planting plans, sourcing and propagating the plants and managing major landscaping projects within the garden.
During her time at Boveridge House, Alison managed gardeners, volunteers, students and also the children with learning difficulties who attended the school, when they helped in the garden.
Alison appeared on the BBC’s Hidden Gardens program and also Sky TV’s My Favourite Gardens, whilst she restored this hidden gem of a garden. Furthermore, alongside Chris Beardshaw, Alison created the Gold medal winning Boveridge House gardens at Chelsea in 2006.
We are delighted that Alison is now involved with the development of our gardens at All Hallows Farmhouse, which has already included the restoration of the walled herb garden and planting scheme, during the Autumn of 2014.
Living locally with her husband and their two children, the whole family enjoy actively being involved with their own vegetable plot and keeping hens for a fresh supply of eggs.
Not intimidated by hard work and always wishing to share her self sufficiency knowledge, Alison has recently undertaken the care of an allotment, especially for the local school. Enabling the children to have firsthand experience of growing vegetables, which they will harvest and cook here at All Hallows School for Cooks & Makers, in our Rose Cottage kitchen.
When time permits Alison also enjoys rock climbing and windsurfing.