The Gardening Team

It is almost impossible to believe that the award-winning gardens at Newby Hall are cared for by such a small team. Nurturing and caring for what is considered to be one of the North’s most beautiful gardens, keeps the gardeners busy every day summer and winter. With their combined experience, specialist knowledge and a shared passion for plants, the team brings each part of the garden to a dazzling peak of colour in turn throughout the year.


Lucinda Compton

Lucinda Compton – Curator.  Lucinda took over the curatorship of the gardens from her father in law, Robin Compton in 2009. Lucinda oversees the vision for the garden and its future along with her incredibly talented team. It was under Lucinda’s stewardship that the garden team undertook the replanting of Newby’s famous double herbaceous borders, replacing the colour palate with softer hues of yellow, pink, purple and lilac






Phil Cormie – Head Gardener. Caring for the garden today and working with the garden team and family to improve and develop the garden to ensure its future. Phil joined the team in late 2019 and has already made his mark within Newby’s award-winning gardens. Aside from managing our team of gardeners, volunteers and students, Phil takes tours, writes articles and delivers lectures.






Edward Round – Senior Gardener Ed has gardening in his blood and is an incredibly talented plantsman. He’s the gardener responsible for Sylvia’s Garden, the Cornus Collection and our Heritage Orchards. If you want to know anything about the plants we grow seek him out, he’s the man.




Dave Petherbridge Dave is the PGG New Gardener of the Year, and with his background in design has produced wonderful maps of the Rock Garden. He is putting his artistic flair to good use in the maintenance of the enormous double herbaceous borders.




Tom Kenwood – Tom looks after the East Rock Rock, White, Orchard, Water and Tropical Gardens and is transforming these very different areas of the garden.






Nigel Allison – Groundsman who looks after the trees, grass, hedges and machinery (he is also very good at finding the Head Gardeners lost tools, keys etc.).






Dan Brown – Dan is an arboriculturalist who, as well as working in the garden is responsible for looking after Newby’s two ornamental woods; Braggett and Icehouse







We also have an amazing group of volunteers, an invaluable part of the the team. The volunteers help, weather permitting, all year and are involved in all areas and tasks required to manage the garden


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