I don’t really want to get into doing ‘plugs’ for things on this site that I don’t have any experience of, but Russell Bowes looks like the sort of guy I like, and I think he’s Worth Knowing About.
Russell’s a Garden Historian, who gives lectures up and down the country to places as far and wide as The Eden Project, The National Portait Gallery and Waddesdon about various topics from Capability Brown to gardens in painting. Locally, he can do consultations on a freelance basis on creating a garden appropriate to their period property.
I don’t know Russell personally, but he seems like a Very Interesting Local Person, and I like interesting local people. Check out his website at
and if you’re into theatre, take a peek at his reviews too…