Angela Palmerton

Owner

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.

Tanya Wallis

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!!

Mark Lamey

External Consultant

Mark is working on a freelance basis for Lady Penelope in the key areas of design, project management and mentoring. You can view some of his current work here: www.marklameygardens.com

Mark studied horticulture at the Royal Horticultural Society's garden, Wisley and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. He spent five years as Head Gardener to a private estate in Gloucestershire before establishing as a freelance horticulturist to private garden owners in the Cotswolds. During this time he worked for notable garden designers that included Rosemary Verey, Rupert Golby and Jane Fearnley-Whittingstall.

More recently, he has worked for the National Trust as Gardens Adviser and was Project Manager for the Trusts Capability Brown tercentenary in 2016. Whilst working for the National Trust, he gained a Masters in the Conservation of Historic Gardens and Cultural Landscapes and qualified as a Project Manager. In April 2017, Mark returned to freelance work as a garden designer and consultant.

Pete Beale

Lead Gardener

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.

Neil Hammond

Lead Gardener

Neil is a senior horticulturist and craftsman gardener. His time is spent working with Tanya in our private gardens, and taking the horticultural lead for our estates clients.

Neil has over 30 years of experience, extensive plant knowledge and a wide ranging skill set in horticulture and landscaping. He is an effective project manager, and his previous experience includes being Estate Manager for a golf centre and parkland including a 4-acre private formal garden. Neil has also had his own successful landscaping business, designing and constructing gardens throughout Sussex. His apprenticeship was at the Cambridge University Botanic Gardens and later gained a National Diploma in Landscape Gardening at Merrist Wood College. He has helped build two award winning gardens at Chelsea Flower Show.

When not immersed in his own large flower and organic vegetable garden he somehow has the energy for running and long distance walks.

Favourite motto: no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing!

Sean Butcher

Lead Gardener, Estates

Sean is a Lead Gardener within the Estates and Tree Surgery teams. He began his career with Lady Penelope as a junior landscaper, but with an excellent knowledge of gardening, horticulture and countryside work, he has worked his way up over the years to now be a lead gardener. We are proud to say that in 2017 Sean successfully completed his tree surgery qualification, and will soon be undertaking further training in woodland management and conservation.

He is often referred to by the team as the ‘engine room’ of Lady Penelope, being also responsible for all yard and vehicle operations. His qualifications include Level 2 NVQ in Horticulture & Landscaping (Distinction) from Brinsbury College and has a broad experience with soft landscaping gained from a four-year apprenticeship at Rotherhill Nurseries in Stedham. Sean brings a great skill-set to the Lady Penelope team, is a solid gardener with excellent plant knowledge, and a strong career path ahead of him.

Libby Wain

Gardener

Libby is part of our gardening team, and with continued in-house training under the leadership of Tanya, Libby has a strong career path ahead of her.

She joined Lady Penelope after completing an apprenticeship and successfully achieving a Level 2 Diploma in Horticulture. Libby is passionate about wildlife and the natural world, and applies her knowledge throughout the gardens she works in. She has worked in France volunteering for horticultural organisations, in particular organic farming, which Libby is passionate about. Libby is a great asset to the team, always willing to throw her hands to anything.

Jake Feldwhere

Senior Estate Groundsman

Jake is an experienced tree surgeon and estates maintenance operative. His role at Lady Penelope is mainly committed to our 150-acre estate near Petworth. Although, as with most of our team, Jake works across all disciplines including tree surgery, forestry work, grounds care, lake and waterway maintenance and will often come and work with us in other estates and gardens.

Jamie Strange

Landscaper/Estates Gardener

Jamie is foreman to the landscaping team with responsibility for managing the day to day operation of all our landscaping projects. He is also our resident digger operator, with experience operating excavators up to 17-tonnes. He is a real asset to the company, being experienced not only in hard and soft landscaping, but also professional groundmanship and estates work.

Ryan Wadey

Groundsman/Soft-landscaping

Ryan has been part of Lady Penelope almost from the very beginning. He started as a helper to Angela nearly 8 years ago, working through all disciplines from gardening to landscaping to groundscare. He now works with us on a freelance basis, taking care of our estates grounds, and working with the landscaping teams.

Ryan is our resident comic, regularly creating hilarity in the team whether we want it or not! He is a firm favourite of our private clients, regularly getting sterling feedback for his polite and accommodating personality.

Jeremy Grove

Accountant

Jeremy leads our senior management team, and is at the helm of all finance and business matters, advising and guiding Angela through the business expansion. Jeremy has over 30-years experience in both practice and commerce, having been a partner in a firm of chartered accountants and a finance director for a property and construction group. He also has the questionable task of upgrading all our office and field IT systems, poor chap. Alongside his love of travelling, he enjoys membership of the Sussex Wildlife Trust and WWF. Oh, and doing sums and clever stuff on excel!

Bev

Marketing Assistant & Administration

Bev has been a part of the Lady P team from the early days, initially as a Senior Gardener and more recently working with Angela as Marketing Assistant/Office Administrator. Bev has been involved in horticulture for most of her working life (her father trained under the broadcaster Fred Streeter, Head Gardener at Petworth House). She has the RHS General Certificate in Horticulture with distinction, has owned and managed her own small plant nursery, and has created her own stunning garden which was featured on television. And to add to the list, Bev has a BSc in Psychology (rather handy in our office at times!) and her final Dissertation was called "The Need to Garden". Bev is a member of the EHSSG, a local self-sufficiency group and actively grows all her own fruit and vegetables.

Jane Harvey

Admin

With her excellent organisational skills and efficient running of the office, the Lady Penelope team and looking after our clients, Jane is the glue that holds us altogether. As our office guru, she keeps us all in check (especially when we haven’t sent in our timesheets!). Often found with paperwork in one hand, a kettle in the other, she is an expert juggler of us all!

Jane is a keen amateur gardener and is picking up lots of new skills from our team (and when one of our library of books disappears we know where to look!). She is also a member of our local village amateur dramatic group and was last seen dressed as one of the seven dwarves!

Frankie

The real boss!

Frankie and Angela go hand in hand, and Frankie has been a full-time member of the gardening team since she was a tiny puppy. 9 years on and both Angela and Frankie are slightly heavier and stiffer, and so Frankie is seen most often in and around the office and farm having a slightly more gentle life. But still with plenty of fuss, attention and biscuits (as if we could forget!)


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