Blooming beautiful! Rainham Hall gardener offers top tricks

PUBLISHED: 15:00 07 August 2016

Gardener at Rainham Hall Jesse Lock has been offering some tips on how to improve his garden and work that goes into maintaining the National Trust property

Gardener at Rainham Hall Jesse Lock has been offering some tips on how to improve his garden and work that goes into maintaining the National Trust property


If you’ve ever found tending your lawn to be tiresome, spare a thought for Jesse Lock, who heads up the gardening team at Rainham Hall.

A mix of volunteers and gardeners spend up to 100 hours a week maintaining the nearly three-acre gardens at the Georgian mansion, in Broadway, Rainham.

If you want a glorious looking garden, it’s easier than you think to achieve, said community gardener Jesse, 32.

He said: “The number one thing I tell people to do is to put mulch on their beds.

“It’s amazing for gardens; it makes plants stand out and keeps everything growing.”

If you’re feeling inspired to pick up a spade and start digging, it’s important to start off with the right tools, but you don’t need many.

Jesse said: “The most important things to have are a good spade, a fork and a lawn mower.

“You’ll definitely need some good secateurs, I recommend Felco.

“And of course, you need some good plants.

“I think it’s always good to choose something personal, for example, something that reminds you of your grandparents.

“It’s much easier to take care of something that you have a connection with.”

People should be realistic about what they can look after said Jesse, but that doesn’t mean your garden can’t be bursting with colour.

He said: “You don’t really have low maintenance gardens, but there are plants that are more drought tolerant.

“I always recommend sun flowers, they are colourful and children love them, so you get some help watering them.

“I always say that your garden shouldn’t be too perfect, you need a little wild corner for the bees and the butterflies.”

If you can spare some time volunteering in Rainham Hall’s gardens, get in touch with Jesse by phoning 07709 895485 or emailing

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