02 / 2021

New Head Gardener

We’re delighted to announce the arrival of Andrew Humphris, who took up his role as Parham’s new Head Gardener last month. 

Andrew comes to Parham from West Lodge Estate in Dorset, where he has established and improved upon a new garden and landscape, including working in conjunction with leading designers.  

He spent his early career as Head Gardener with the National Trust at The Courts and then at the remarkable garden of Biddulph Grange, before becoming Head Gardener at Wollerton Old Hall in Shropshire, where he worked closely with the owners to replant and remodel the now celebrated and very beautiful garden they have created there.    

Andrew has also regularly lectured on many aspects of horticulture, and he participated on Gardeners’ Question Time for BBC Radio Shropshire for six years.  In 2014 he was awarded the Loyal and Outstanding Service Award by the Professional Gardeners Guild.  

Andrew Humphris, Head Gardener at Parham House & Gardens in West Sussex. Photo By Jonathan James Wilson

Parham’s renewal, renovation and conservation programme

“We’re very excited that Andrew has joined us and are greatly looking forward to working with him to care for the Garden over the time to come,” said Lady Emma Barnard DL, Chairman of Parham Park Limited. “With his help and guidance, we will be continuing the programme of renewal, renovation and conservation that we started in 2020 – Andrew’s knowledge and experience will be invaluable.” 

“Even ancient gardens reach a point where they need revitalising, and the energy and professional competence which Andrew brings with him to Parham are a great asset. We chose to turn the challenges brought on by the pandemic and the closure to visitors during 2020 into a positive; an excellent opportunity to deal with some long-standing issues in the Garden. I truly believe that the coming years are the perfect time to continue this work, responding to the Garden’s past and its very strong “sense of place” in a way that will enable it to move forward with verve, but always in keeping with its traditions and the soft romantic style unique to Parham,” she added.  

Our garden team is growing

Andrew now leads a six-strong team of gardeners at Parham, one of whom is his wife Jo (Joanne – pictured above with Andrew), who works on a part-time basis.  Jo herself is a very knowledgeable and experienced gardener. 

She studied for the three-year Diploma in Horticulture at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, followed by various student placements, including a year as an international student at Longwood Gardens in Philadelphia, USA. Jo then went on to become Head Gardener involved in the restoration of the 18th-century landscape and walled garden at Belcombe Court, before working with Andrew at Wollerton Old Hall and latterly at West Lodge Estate.  

Andrew commented: “Both Jo and I are thrilled to be here at such a pivotal moment for Parham. We know how much love there is for this garden and we’re looking forward to working in this historic setting in collaboration with the family and the rest of the garden team to move the garden on to its next phase in its long history.”

12 / 2020

Christmas at Parham

Christmas at Parham is a time of quiet family gatherings and reflection on the year that has passed. Lady Emma Barnard recounts some of the more memorable anecdotes of Christmas from bygone days, including the time in 1939 when her great-grandparents took in 30 evacuee children from Peckham in South London.