Chatsworth has appointed young gardening talent Steve Porter to take over the reins at the 105-acre garden and parkland where some of the most iconic names in horticulture including Joseph Paxton and Capability Brown have played their part in shaping the stunning landscape in previous centuries.
Steve (35) started out his gardening career with The National Trust, becoming their youngest ever Head Gardener at just 23 years old and making headlines across the gardening industry for such a high achievement.
His arrival at Chatsworth came four years ago as he was appointed as Assistant Head, learning a wealth of knowledge under the wing of highly experienced Ian Webster, the previous Head Gardener who is retiring after four decades. Steve is now leading a team of 25 gardeners and estate workers, working to maintain and continually improve the garden and park and a host of new projects designed to increase enjoyment of what is one of the most loved gardens and parks in the country.
For Steve one of the best parts of the job is being able to work closely with the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, who get thoroughly involved with all aspects of their estate and have a particular a passion for the 105-acre garden.
Steve says, “It feels a great honour to be taking up this post for one of the most iconic gardens in Britain, following in the tradition of some of the most famous gardeners that have ever lived, and also caring for a place that so many people have either a connection or passion for”.