Getting Personal with Edward Watchorn

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Edward Watchorn - he's started so he'll finish ... at some point!

Who are you? Edward Watchorn - Senior Gardener for English Heritage at Brodsworth Hall.

Family status? Married for two years, together for twelve.

Who's your hero and why? Both my grandads, for their happy outlook on life, despite what they went through during the war years and the time they devoted to teach me so many practical skills.

What would you change about yourself? Be more decisive (I think).

What's your guilty pleasure? Cereal, at any time of the day.

What's been the highlight of your career so far? Working in so many beautiful places.

What are your pet peeves? Wonky hedges.

If you could go anywhere right now, where would it be? New Zealand, we still haven't been there on our honeymoon yet.

What's the best part of your job? The variety of the work and knowing that so many people get to enjoy the results.

… and the worst? Thorns!

What's your favourite sport? Mountaineering in some remote location.

Which three albums would you take to a desert island? The Black Keys - Magic Potion, Nick Mulvey - First Mind, Hocus Pocus - 73 touches.

If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do? Go travelling.

What would you consign to Room 101 and why? Over packaged items, eg. you just don't need bananas to be in a bag.

Which three people, living or dead, would you invite to a dinner party? Leonardo da Vinci, Bill Bailey, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

Do you have any bad habits? Starting new projects before finishing others first.

... or any good ones? Getting up early.

Do you go to bed worrying about the next day's workload? Not anymore, now that I'm not on-call 24/7 for emergency tree work.

What is your favourite film? Anything by Wes Anderson or Taika Waititi, they're all a bit bonkers.

What's the best advice you have ever been given? The worst thing you can do is nothing.

What's your favourite smell? Freshly clipped box hedging.

What do you do in your spare time? Mountain biking, rock climbing, camping with friends, thinking about my next project at home in the garden (before I've finished the last one).

What's the daftest work-related question you have ever been asked? Can you put that branch back on the tree again?

What's your favourite piece of kit? Stihl battery hedge trimmer or my homemade lawn levelling lute.

What three words would you use to describe yourself? Hard-working, logical, positive.

What talent would you like to have? To be able to play the piano better.

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