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Female head gardener appointed
Charlotte Hart
Charlotte took up a work placement at Bath University
A Wiltshire stately home has appointed a woman as head gardener for the first time in its 250-year history.

Charlotte Hart, aged 28, is also one of the youngest to get the top job at Bowood House near Calne.

She joined the Bowood staff two years ago as an assistant gardener, before being promoted last year to overseeing the estate.

She said: "This new role is obviously a tremendous challenge, but one I am thoroughly looking forward to.

"We have a very strong team here and I am sure we can maintain and even improve the beautiful surroundings that people associate with their visits."

She studied at Cannington College, Somerset, after leaving school and then carried out a work placement at Bath University.

"Despite her young age, Charlotte has a huge amount of experience to match her real enthusiasm and in her new role I am sure she will only add to the reputation which Bowood's gardens so richly deserve," said Lord Lansdowne, the estate's owner.

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