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OBITUARY 22 the Groundsman November 2016 Visit www.iog.org for more information and digital editions living accommodation with fi ve others. "In those days," he recalled, "it was systematic to change jobs after every second season and I soon realised that no matter how good a hands-on gardener you were, paper qualifi cations were needed." That said, Bob fi rmly believed that, despite qualifi cations, every successful gardener and groundsman seems to have a natural affi nity, a knack, for the job. He set his sights on London to enable him to attend evening classes and, as a result, at the age of 25 he was invited to become a student gardener at the Wisley School of Horticulture. World War II interrupted his studies and upon demob in 1946 he returned to Wisley to complete the Diploma Course and gain the Advanced Agricultural Certifi cate. He moved to London as a gardener and groundsman fi rst class, in a local parks department and, after the war, was appointed landscape assistant at London County Council, and subsequently horticultural manager for the Greater London Council. With an 800-strong staff, Bob managed the landscape maintenance of 750,000 housing units covering 620 square miles. Among Bob's fi nest achievements as horticultural manager was the landscaping of the heavily blitzed housing estates in war-torn London – he was responsible for planting two million trees throughout the capital. Bob was also a keen photographer and it wouldn't be amiss to state that he was the pioneer of the 'how to do it' picture storyboards of horticultural tasks, with his work being published in most of the weekly garden magazines. He retired from the Greater London Council in 1980 aged 65 after more than 33 years' service and he 'retreated' to a cottage in Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire, throwing himself into transforming the garden while also taking up a raft of consultancy opportunities. These saw him travel some 35,000 miles by land, sea and air to visit and advise in 21 cities in eight countries. Bob spent his latter years in a care home in Somerset, and would often refl ect that he knew life might never be a bed of roses. "But when I add up the thousands of roses and hundreds of rose beds I've created during my career, I suppose in one way it was," he said. "Old gardeners never die, they simply bed down," he said. l Triangular Brush (Ref TMB2) £700 + VAT An affordable brush, does a great job and is easy to transport - just turn onto the wheels FREE BROCHURE Tel: 01473 328272 Email: sales@schsupplies.co.uk www.schsupplies.co.uk Manufactured in Staffordshire in the heart of the UK Call 01502 710039 or visit our website www.markharrod.com Goals make games. We make goals. FOOTBALL HOCKEY RUGBY TRAINING BOOT WIPERS SHELTERS PRODUCTS FOR SPORT We supply equipment for athletics, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, handball, hockey, lacrosse, netball, rounders, rugby, table tennis, tennis, and Call for our 136 page catalogue and browse through our extensive range of sports equipment. We don't just make goals, we produce and supply training equipment, shelters, boot wipers, net protection, barriers and maintenance products. HOCKEY RUGBY We supply equipment for athletics, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, handball, hockey, lacrosse, netball, rounders, rugby, table tennis, tennis, and volleyball. and browse through our extensive range of sports equipment. We don't just make goals, SEE US AT SALTEX 2-3 NOV. STAND B112

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