The best thing about working at Hidcote is the variation of work on a day to day basis some of which are higlighted here.
One of the most important (and time consuming) is the hedge cutting undertaken at Hidcote with over 4 and a half miles of hedging to be cut every year. The gardeners start cutting in the middle of August and won’t finish until the end of April.
One of the largest stretches of hedge to be cut is ‘The Long Walk’ measuring around 150m in length in both directions this hedge alone takes around 6 weeks to cut.
Another job that is essential before the winter frost is labelling all the different Dahlias before they cannot be identified, they then have to be cut down, dug out and dried ready to be potted up and put back out ready to flower again next year.
A job I particulary enjoy is wheeling a large Gas tank around with a burner attached to burn off all the troublesome weeds growing in the paths which would simply take forever if hand weeded, this of course keeps the weeds at bay.
(We all know how well weeds fight back)
Final job of the week is stripping the spent runner beans off their supports and clearing away all the debris, leaving the area clear ready to be cultivated.