Meet the team

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RHS trained Vacher Gardens owner Chris Vacher has been a keen gardener all his life and has spent considerable time at Plumpton College in recent years.


Chris founded Vacher Gardens 3 years ago, enabling him to combine his management skills and experience with a hands on passion for practical work.

Chris is currently studying garden design and is keen to encourage members of his team to expand their own knowledge. Two of them will be attending an outdoor first aid course, which will enable them to deal with any emergency. Two more will be taking a hard landscaping course at Plumpton College.


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Keith Rowling – a retired civil engineer – designs and constructs raised vegetable beds, walls, steps, patios and decking and even refurbishes sheds.


Steve Veal – Senior Gardener and an expert in vegetables, plants and decorative hedging.

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Rob Veal (Steve’s son) – Assistant Gardener – is developing a specialism in orchards. He is also learning about the    maintenance of garden and agricultural machinery. He plans to attend Plumpton College on a full-time vehicle engineering  course in September.


Ciaran Brown


Apprentice Ciaran Brown, 17, is our newest recruit, joined the team last July he aims to start his own business when he has completed his training later this year, alongside working for Vacher Gardens. He is interested in all types of grass, particularly sports turf. He enjoys preparing and producing  fine lawns.


Engineer Bill Radcliffe looks after all the machinery including mowers,  strimmers  and tractors.

Gaye Neathercott – is behind the scenes in the office keeping the accounts up to date.

Two more apprentices will be joining later this year and another senior gardener will be added to the team.