Old Down’s history stretches back to Roman times and includes noble war efforts and devastating fires. This two-part blog contains a fascinating insight into the history of Old Down, before David Banks takes us through the modern renovations that have occurred...

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What path did you take to become Head Gardener? I’ve always worked on private estates as a gardener. Gardening involves designing, maintaining and reinvigorating the landscape – every day is different, which keeps things interesting. I’m born and bred in Thornbury,...

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How did you get into your job? I came from a sports background, and enjoyed organising the sports dinners and corporate events. I worked at Prior Park College in Bath for a year, but when the job came up at Old Down I fancied a challenge. What does being a Hospitality...

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How did this job come about? I have previous experience of making a maze of corn at another local animal park. When Old Down set itself the bold challenge of making the biggest maze in the UK I knew I wanted to be involved. I started in May 2017 to make this dream a...

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What got you into cooking? I’m a farmer’s son – my Dad runs Inner City Farms across Bristol – so I’ve always had an interest in food, particularly in taking livestock from the farm to the fork. As a kid I spent a lot of time on Green...

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