Top tips for your garden from Sprowston Manor’s head gardener

Head Green Keeper at Sprowston Manor Hotel's golf course, Martyn Anthony

Head Green Keeper at Sprowston Manor Hotel's golf course, Martyn Anthony

The man who keeps the greens green and the roughs rough at one of Norfolk's golf courses is celebrating 25 years on the job and sharing some tips.

Martyn Anthony has been head green keeper at Sprowston Manor Marriott hotel and country club since 1990 and looks after the 18-hole championship golf course on the site, as well as the 140 acres of land surrounding it.

In his 25 years at the site, he has shared his expertise with a number of fellow gardeners, including his own son, who is also a gardener at Sprowston Manor.

Mr Anthony said: 'Even after all this time, no two days are the same, but that is why I love this job. I am lucky that my passion has become my career and I am able to spend each day doing something I love.

'I am completely self-trained, but have been lucky enough to practise and perfect my craft within Sprowston Manor's beautiful setting. As well as training myself, I am now responsible for a team of six, which includes my son, Ross.

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'For me, helping young people grow in their careers is one of the best parts of the job.'

Ross is not Mr Anthony's only son working at the property. His other son, Danny, previously worked in the hotel's restaurant.

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Mr Anthony said: 'My boys deciding to work here is testament to how important the hotel is to me and my family. We all take pride in what we do and this is part of the ethos of the hotel.'

He added: 'The most rewarding part of my job has to be maintaining a golf course where people choose to spend their free time, allowing them to enjoy a game that they love.

'It takes a lot of work and dedication, but it is well worth it when you see golfers coming off it having enjoyed a great game.'

Brad McLean, director of golf at Sprowston Manor, said: 'For 25 years, Martyn has been a major part of Sprowston Manor.

'From the moment you start the journey down the driveway you can see Martyn's contribution to the property, no matter what the season our gardens are exceptional all year round.

'We are hugely grateful that he has worked here for so long and dedicated so much time and effort to the maintenance of our grounds and golf course – it is something that guests and visitors constantly compliment us on and something we are extremely proud of.'

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