Meet our Champion for Blooming Norfolk
Published: Friday 3rd Jun 2016
Written by: Norfolk Champion
Who? Ian Roofe
What? Myself and my team offer general garden maintenance, complete garden management, consultancy and aim to look after all your gardens needs.
Let's find out more about our advocate of all things blooming......
How long have you lived in Norfolk? I am Norfolk through and through, I was born at the Norfolk and Norwich, have lived in Salhouse for most of my life and now live in Blofield. My family have been here for many generations as Blacksmiths, Thatchers, Farm labourers. They have always been sons of the soil, so I am trying to carry on that family tradition. I have no intention of leaving as I love this county and why would I need to move away, we have beautiful countryside, atmospheric coastline and the biggest and best skies in the country.
What gets me up in the morning?It is going to sound very cliché, but I am extremely lucky that I do what I love every day. I love plants and gardens, I thrive on dealing with people, have great clients and a brilliant team. I get to work in great gardens in this wonderful county and get to see all the countryside on my travels. Like many people I have a strong desire to succeed and want to do well.
Which Season is Norfolk at its best?For me it's early autumn, although gardens and the general landscape are going through a slow decay as the days shorten and cool there is something wonderful about it. For one its the light, it must be the big norfolk skies that do it, but the soft light makes everything glow. The hedgerows are burgeoning with wild harvests and the trees take on rich gold and russet hues.
Where are we most likely to see you enjoying a meal with friends and family? We have so many great eateries in this county of ours it's difficult to know where to go. I do however love the Ship in South Walsham, it's a great local gastropub. The staff are always welcoming, the food is hearty, sourced from as local suppliers as possible and its in a lovely village setting.
What's your favourite event in the Norfolk Calendar and why? I would have to say it's the Royal Norfolk Show, for the main reason that I organise and run the Floral Marquees and Horticultural offerings. It's hectic, exhausting and exhilarating all at the same time, but we aim to show what's great about horticulture in Norfolk from its nurseries to its great stately gardens. The whole show itself showcases the best of norfolk, as an agricultural county, day to day rural life, along with great culinary offerings, retail, music and crafts.