Award winning designer takes root at Trentham Gardens

Carol Adams
Carol Adams

Top garden designer Carol Adams brings her expert knowledge to The Trentham Estate as the award-winning gardens prepare for the national Capability Brown tercentenary celebrations.

Carol’s creative designs have previously caught the eye of RHS judges at the BBC Gardeners’ World Show, where her Girl Guide Show Garden design won Gold and Best In Show.

Formerly a lecturer in garden design at Reaseheath College, Carol has also led staff and students to medal victories and was presented with an award for her outstanding contribution to the college’s success.
She now joins the team at the St. Modwen owned Trentham Estate as their Garden Team Manager, where she will play a key role in work on the estate to restore Brown’s lost landscape at Trentham in time for the 300 year celebrations next year.

Michael Walker, Head of Garden and Estate, said:

“We are delighted that Carol has joined us as Garden Team Manager.
“I have known Carol for a number of years in association with her work at Reaseheath and for her involvement with Girl Guiding, where she has shown her understanding of horticulture and her exceptional creativity as a designer.
“She joins us during exciting times as we push forward with wonderful new schemes to reveal Capability Brown’s historic landscape, and as we add rich new plantings in conjunction with Nigel Dunnett from the University of Sheffield.
“Our garden team also maintains our iconic perennial plantings designed by Tom Stuart-Smith and Piet Oudolf, which have positioned Trentham among the top must-see gardens in the UK.”

The 725-acre Trentham Estate was previously owned for over 400 years by the Dukes of Sutherland, and has undergone a massive regeneration programme since 2003.
Trentham Gardens, at the heart of the estate, welcomed 480,000 paying visitors in 2014, making them one of the most visited gardens in the UK. They were also named the UK’s ‘Garden of the Year’ in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2015.
Carol said:

“I’m excited to be joining Trentham at such a historically significant time.
“Their talented gardeners have worked incredibly hard to restore Brown’s legacy, and it’s their commitment which has established Trentham Gardens as one of the country’s top leisure destinations.
“I hope my knowledge and expertise will help Trentham to continue to thrive and grow – it is such a privilege to be able to work in such an inspiring landscape!”