Angela’s role at Lady Penelope today is managing a team of skilled individuals in the maintenance and development of her client’s gardens and estates. Whilst she often misses the hands-on role of gardening, which was the interest that started Lady Penelope, Angela is as equally committed to the investment of time and energy in training and recruitment skilled professional employees who contribute to the long term success of Lady Penelope as a business.
Angela's passion for gardens was noticed at an early age when she was often found with her nose in some plant or other or her hands buried in the soil. Her enthusiasm and love of the outdoors continues unabated and has grown in its ambition to include the design and creation of imaginative and beautiful gardens with a specialism in gardening for wildlife. Angela’s passion for wildlife has been apparent throughout her career, which has previously included being Head of Production for natural history documentaries working with broadcasters, such as, the BBC, Discovery and National Geographic.
Lead Gardener/Gardens Manager
Tanya is our highly valued Gardens Manager, looking after our private garden clients, including horticulture within our estates, and is a mentor and manager to the entire team. Tanya also has a real flair for planting design will work closely with our clients in the long-term development of their gardens.
She is a highly skilled horticulturist, having begun her career 18 years ago where, after studying her RHS level 2 and The History of Gardens, she started her own gardening business. She became interested in garden design after working on projects with a Chelsea gold winning designer. She has continued with her professional development over the years to extend her wide horticultural and garden design knowledge.
Tanya became a craftsman horticulturalist at Arundel Castle, where her main areas of responsibility were the Collectors Earls Garden, the Victorian glasshouse, the private orchid collection as well as working with the team in all areas of the Castle Estate.
In her spare time at home in between being a breeder of Mediterranean miniature donkeys no less, she has designed her own garden and grows all her own vegetables which is certainly one way of using the manure!!
Pete spends most of his time at Lady Penelope working in and managing one of our key private estates. He is also our lead tree surgeon and woodland management professional. As an experienced gardener, Pete also crosses over into horticulture to assist the gardening team whenever needed.
His qualifications include RHS level II in Horticulture, NPTC Basic & Advanced Chainsaw Operation, NPTC Pesticide Application PA1 & PA6 and Higher National Diploma in Rural Business Management (Agriculture, Horticulture & Forestry).
His interpersonal skills and experience in team leadership are deployed in his role with Lady Penelope. He also heads up the project team for estates. Peter has been a 10-year volunteer RNLI crew for Shoreham Harbour Lifeboat, and also served in the Merchant Navy as a Marine Engineer.