It’s a big welcome to Rob Harkness, who has joined Dartmouth Town Council as the Towns Groundsman.

He will be looking after the towns assets, maintaining and improving them for all to enjoy in our beautiful town and is currently recruiting a team to assist him.

Dartmouth is blessed with some beautiful public areas, which are home to some fabulous plants and are host to many events and festivals, such as the Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta, Shakespeare week and the Dartmouth Food Festival throughout the year. The council are committed to ensuring these areas are maintained to a high standard and available to all to use throughout the year.

Rob has come across from South Hams District Council, where he worked for 9 years. He has always worked in the gardening industry and is looking forward to getting to work with the Royal Avenue Gardens, Coronation Park, Dartmouth Castle Estate, the Community Orchard, Longcross cemetery and the grounds of St Saviours Church.

Rob lives in South Brent with his wife Debbie and their chocolate Labrador Cassie. We asked him a few questions to get to know the man behind the green fingers:

What is your favourite plant?

Magnolia, it’s only in bloom for a short time, but what a display!

What do you like best about Dartmouth?

The backdrop of the River Dart is spectacular and every day that I drive to work, I never fail to be impressed by the magnificent views. I also love a formal garden and am really looking forward to working on the various sites around Dartmouth.

Have you got any interesting hobbies?

Archery, scuba diving and beekeeping are three of my greatest loves, along with gardening of course!

The team at the council are looking forward to working with Rob and to sampling some honey from his bees!