Getting Personal with Paul Dibb

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Paul Dibb - mood swing if you hide the biscuit barrel!

Who are you? Paul Dibb. Garden & Park Manager for the National Trust at Nostell.

Family status? Married with three grown up children.

Who's your hero and why? Roy Lancaster, Plantsman/Gardener. His knowledge is inspiring.

What would you change about yourself? More intelligent, less moody.

What's your guilty pleasure? A good Speyside single malt.

What's been the highlight of your career so far? Winning an award for the conservation of countryside, habitats, cultural assets and natural resources.

What are your pet peeves? Intolerance and unpleasant people.

If you could go anywhere right now, where would it be? Thailand to see my daughter.

What's the best part of your job? Working with people of all backgrounds and abilities, sharing passion for horticulture, conservation and hopefully inspiring people.

… and the worst? Finance and having to, very occasionally, deal with some unpleasant people.

Do you have a lifetime ambition? To canoe across Scotland on the Caledonian Canal.

Which three albums would you take to a desert island? Cult - Sonic Temple, Tears for Fears - The Hurting, U2 - Joshua Tree.

Who would you choose to spend a romantic evening with? The wife or, if she can't make it, Shakira!

If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do? Resign

What would you consign to Room 101 and why? Intolerance: things would be very much different if people were more understanding.

Which three people, living or dead, would you invite to a dinner party? My granddad Oliver and my dad, so my dad could get to meet his father who was killed in action during the war just after he was born. Sabine Winn - l would like to meet the lady who was influential to the development of the gardens where l work.

Do you have any bad habits? I eat too many biscuits.

... or any good ones? I eat too many biscuits, l really enjoy them.

Do you go to bed worrying about the next day's workload? Most nights.

What are you reading at the moment? - Hard copy or online? London by Edward Rutherfurd - hard copy.

What's the best advice you have ever been given? The standard you walk past is the standard you accept.

What's your favourite smell? Honeysuckle.

What do you do in your spare time? Walk lots, gardening, occasionally jogging, five-a-side football.

What's the daftest work-related question you have ever been asked? "There must be nothing to do in the winter, do you get laid off?"

What's your favourite piece of kit? Any good strimmer.

What three words would you use to describe yourself? Balding, grey, moody.

What talent would you like to have? To be able to read people's minds.

What law/legislation would you like to see introduced? Higher state pension.

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