Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Here's a Job You Could Take Some Real Pride In

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Here's a Job You Could Take Some Real Pride In

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MR Darcy is looking for a new gardener. Can you take on the responsibility? The man in charge of the glorious surrounds at Lyme Park - the country estate famed as the backdrop for the BBC's Pride and Prejudice - has stepped down.

Gary Rainford has retired as head gardener at the Cheshire property, having worked more than 47 years for the National Trust.

And for more than two decades, Gary was responsible for the upkeep of the spectacular flowerbeds, lawns and hedges on the estate, known better to Jane Austen fans as 'Pemberley', the fictional setting for the classic novel.

Trust bosses are now looking for someone to fill Gary's sizeable gardening gloves.

They describe it as 'a once in a lifetime opportunity' for an experienced horticulturist to work at Lyme and take on the responsibility of the 1,400-acre deer park.

Gary spent 23 years caring for the gardens at Speke Hall in Liverpool before taking charge of Lyme's gardens in 1994. …

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