The head gardener at Elmbridge Retirement Village in Surrey celebrates a special milestone in his career

Diary posted

19th June 2018

Elmbridge Village


Elmbridge VillageRichard Gash, the head gardener at Elmbridge Village is celebrating a very special work anniversary, having worked for the village for 20 years this summer. Trained as a skilled tree surgeon, Richard started working at the village in 1998, fast forward 20 years later and Richard is now Head Gardener, looking after a team of six gardeners and 28 acres of landscaped grounds. 

Lots has changed at the village over the past two decades but Richard says it’s the residents, his team and the beautiful setting that has kept him rooted there.

“As a young boy, I was always intrigued when passing the village and wondering what it was like inside, little did I know I would end up spending a vast part of my working life here! I feel really lucky to work in such a picturesque setting amongst some wonderful and interesting people – the staff, my dedicated team and of course the residents,” comments Richard.

Richard and his team are busy landscaping the grounds in preparation for the launch of a new development of apartments at the village on July 18th. 

“It’s been a really busy time for the grounds team as we put in new planting and vegetation for the new Arun House apartments. Towards the end of the summer, we will need to start preparing for the colder months too, tree pruning is always a challenge but one I look forward to”

Richard is planning on celebrating the milestone with his partner, who also works at the village with a nice meal and a glass of wine.