Alan Smith

Head Gardener

Gardening in the shadows of great buildings that have seen centuries of world events and working where many have once toiled, is very humbling.  

Every day I'm amazed at the College, there is so much to see even if you've looked at it a hundred times before.  

One of my proudest achievements is when we re-designed the gardens in War Cloister in 2014 with a plan for it to mature in 2018 for the anniversary of the Great War. There is never a prouder moment than to see the fruits of your labour.  

I hope that during my time here the gardens will continue to flourish, but please do not look in my own garden, 'cobbler's children have no shoes' springs to mind…!