Meet The Team Behind Matfen Hall: Lee Campbell
- By Matfen Hall
- May 30, 2022
My career began by pottering around my uncle’s gardening businesses at the age of 15. Hooked from day one, I fell in love with the outdoors and knew that a regular desk job wasn’t for me.
I spent ten years at Linden Hall before making the move to Matfen Hall four years ago.
My role here has changed a lot since then. More recently, I had the opportunity to work with a Landscape Designer to transform the Le Jardin Hollandaise from a traditional Victorian space to something new and contemporary.
My day starts at 7.00 am when I arrive at Matfen Hall. There’s no such thing as a typical day when you’re a Gardener, everything you do is completely dictated by the weather.
Being outside and having the freedom and creativity to make the role my own. This has been made possible by the investment from the Walwick Estate Group.
Location-wise, it’s a Gardener’s heaven here! With over 300 acres of grounds to keep me busy, there’s never a dull day.
For me, two special memories jump to mind. Firstly, the day the deer statue arrived on the back of a waggon in the snow and secondly, the delivery of the cloud pines you can see in the turning circle.
Both of these have helped transform the hotel’s exterior into the iconic grand entrance it’s recognised for.
There are several unusual plants found hidden on the grounds at Matfen Hall. The Cornus Kousa Chinensis and Pinus Sylvestris (Cloud Pine) found in the turning circle, the Acer Griseum located deep in the Great Hall woodland, and the Rhus Typhina nestled away by the Matfen Chuch.
I enjoy spending time at the Matfen Hall Gym or in the pub with my partner.