By Rachel Gardens



Rachel Goldsmith ACIHort:

I love to make the most of outdoor spaces to really enjoy spending time in them. My family and I have 2 allotment plots which we visit weekly and enjoy together and it’s very satisfying taking home our own fruit, veg and flowers. We grow organically without using any pesticides, chemicals or
fertilisers and recently started using the no-dig method with great success.

I love being outdoors and my aim is for others in my local community achieve the same benefits and enjoyment from their gardens too.


RHS Level 2 Certificate in Practical horticulture

RHS Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Horticulture

Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh Level 2 in Practical Horticulture

City and Guilds Practical Garden Design

B.E.S.T in Horticulture Pratical Propagation

1 day Winter pruning – fruit (Hill Close Gardens Warwick)

1 day Summer pruning – fruit (Hill Close Gardens Warwick)

1 day Salvia growing and propagation (WFGA)


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the team


Katie joined the team full time in August 2023 having tried a 1-2 days per week and decided to take the plunge. Katie also holds RHS level 2 certificates and a wealth of knowledge. Katie is passionate about animals, nature and wildlife, having previously worked for the local Guide Dogs for the Blind Association. Get in touch if you’d like to chat to her about bringing wildlife into your garden…


Chris loves to get stuck in, his speciality is pruning, particularly apple trees, which reminds him of being with his dad in the garden as a boy.

Chris also volunteers for Hill Close Gardens in Warwick, and in his spare time enjoys theatre, the orchestra and music. 

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Miranda is a passionate home gardener and re-developed her previous urban garden by creating a cottage garden, formal garden and vegetable plot. She volunteers at a walled garden near Warwick growing fruit and vegetables for a local night shelter; she particularly enjoyed creating a Peter Rabbit themed area for children in 2023, encouraging children to develop a love of gardening, reading and being outdoors. She has attained the RHS Level 2 in Practical Horticulture and RHS Level 2 in the Principles in Horticulture. She has attended a one day workshop with Charles Dowding on the principle of ‘no dig’ gardening as well as a seed sowing workshop at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons Gardening School. She joined our team in September 2023 and particularly enjoys pruning, small ponds and topiary.