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The Willoughbridge Garden Trust is delighted to announce the appointment of Kathryn Robey as the new Curator at the Dorothy Clive Garden.  Kathryn will take up her new role in February 2017, following the resignation of the previous Curator, Marcus Chilton-Jones.

Commenting on her appointment, Kathryn Robey said, ‘I am very excited about joining the Dorothy Clive Garden, a garden I have visited many times over the years. I look forward to working with the Trustees, the staff and volunteers as the Garden takes its next steps towards its future success”

 Kathryn will be joining the garden from Melbourne Hall in Derbyshire, the home of Lord and Lady Ralph Kerr, where she has worked for the last three and a half years as Head Gardener. Katherine brings a wealth of horticultural experience with her as well as a degree in economics from Liverpool University and subsequent business acumen.

Kathryn will be responsible for the overall management and direction of the site reporting into a board of trustees led by Chairman Sir Brian Fender.

 Marcus Chilton-Jones leaves the Dorothy Clive Garden to join the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) to

take up the prestigious role as Curator the new RHS Garden Bridgewater in Salford, Greater Manchester.  For further information, please see:

Trustee and treasurer, Colin Barcroft, acts as Interim Curator until Kathryn joins the garden in February.

 The Dorothy Clive Garden is currently open at weekends only until 1st April when it will be open seven days a week from 10am to 5.30pm daily. The tearoom is also open where visitors can enjoy homemade soup, hot drinks and a selection of cakes, scones and snacks. During the current low season, Adults are admitted at £3.50 and children between 5-17 are admitted at £2.00. Members and children aged between 0-4 and admitted free of charge.

If you would like further information, please call 01630 647237 or alternatively email or visit our website

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Notes to Editors:

Dorothy Clive Garden

  • The Garden is set amidst glorious countryside where the borders of Staffordshire, Cheshire and Shropshire intersect, on the A51 midway between Stone and Nantwich.
  • The Dorothy Clive Garden is currently open from 10am to 4pm every weekend. Admission is £3.50 for adults, is free for children between 0-4 years old and members of the Dorothy Clive Garden and £2.00 for children between 5-17 years. The garden tearoom, which is situated in the heart of the garden, is open from 10am to 4pm. Visitors can purchase a selection of refreshments including delicious seasonal soups, homemade scones plus various hot and cold drinks.
  • The garden is open every day from 10am to 5.30pm from 1st April to 30th September. Admission will be £7.50 for adults and £7.00 for concessions and students. Members of the Dorothy Clive Garden are admitted for free.
  • The giftroom, adjacent to the garden tea room open to all visitors selling various Dorothy Clive Garden branded products such as chutneys & jams, gift cards and china mugs. There are various other gift items on sale such as jewellery, handbags, gift cards, gardening books, toiletries and trinkets. The gift shop is open from 12pm to 4pm on open days.
  • The Dorothy Clive Garden – a charitable garden trust – was set up in 1958 by Colonel Harry Clive. The objectives are to maintain, enhance and further develop a garden inspired by the memory of the late Dorothy Clive to be used for the enjoyment and benefit of the public also to support horticultural education for the continuing benefit of both students and the general public with an ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability.
  • For further information, please visit the website
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  • The Dorothy Clive Garden can be found on Twitter: @Dorothyclive
  • The Dorothy Clive Garden can also be found on Instagram: DorothyClive
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