Another year on…with David Domoney
It’s been a busy year for Love Your Garden presenter and landscape gardener David Domoney, who was elected a Governor of the London Colleges of Horticulture Capel Manor. David has also been encouraging children & parents to garden together by fronting the Royal Horticultural Societies Campaign to get ‘Grown up Growing’ in association with Schools.
David is almost evangelical about promoting gardening as a career to Britain’s youth. With The Princes Foundation, David organises Young Gardeners of The Year Competition and in March 2014 escorted Prince Charles as he met the competitions winners. David also took a winning school from Clarence House mygrove on a discover gardening practical day.
David is a great believer in community gardening and is now in the second year with his National ‘Community Gardening’ Campaign “Cultivation Street“, which aims to encourage neighbours of all ages, from children to the elderly, to join in and get growing together. David and the team are looking for true community pride and spirit built through making visual and environmental improvements to Britain’s streets.
When it’s time to down tools and take a breather, David prefers to crank up the action and take to the open seas for a spot of scuba diving. A qualified Master Scuba Diver, David visited Dubai in April to dive the Atlantis Shark Tank along with the Giant Dubai Mall Aquarium, which boasts to have over 70 sharks and is certainly not for the faint-hearted.
Proving that he is capable of enjoying more sedate hobbies too, David recently qualified as a bee keeper and now has not only honey bees but also loads of bumble bee nests and solitary bee nesting stations too.
The rockery and wooden hooped arches installed in the garden in Cumbria were David’s highlights from last year, and whilst the rest of us might be hoping for a long hot summer, David will be praying for rain.“I don’t mind the rain, give me that any day compared to excessive heat like in Tonbridge episode last year, it was so hot you could burn your hands on a paving slab!” said David.
One thing he is looking forward to in Love Your Garden 2014 is when the gardens are shown to the recipients for the first time. “It makes you really appreciate just how important gardens are to people, and just how much they can make a difference to people’s lives. At the garden reveal is when all the emotions come together, the relief of having finished on time, the sense of achievement of the task completed, and seeing the look on the owners faces. It’s a hugely humbling experience none of us have a dry eye at the end” said David.
David has one final tip for anyone inspired by the series this year. “I hope the new series of Love Your Garden inspires people not only to get out and enjoy their own gardens, but also to pursue a career in horticulture. If Love Your Garden has made you interested in gardening check out www.growcareers.info for loads of helpful advice.” said David.
Join David and the rest of the team on the new series, starting Tuesday 24th June 2014, ITV 8pm.