Sue Carter

I can recall trips to Hyde Hall with my parents when it was owned by Helen & Dick Robinson, so maybe it was meant to be that I should eventually end up working here

I joined Hyde Hall in 2006 and look after the garden’s marketing and public relations. When I started we were receiving around 100,000 visitors annually to the garden. This has now increased to just over 217,000. There’s been a lot of changes in this time which is great for the garden, and me, as it keeps things fresh and interesting. I am also a board member of Visit Essex, the county’s official tourism organisation and a member of Essex Houses & Gardens, who are a collective of 14 properties that come together to promote the wonderful array of tourist attractions in the county.

Outside of work I have a keen interest in gardening, which probably started from when I was a child and was assigned a piece of garden to look after at the family home. I can also recall trips to Hyde Hall with my parents when it was owned by Helen & Dick Robinson, so maybe it was meant to be that I should eventually end up working here. 

However, I only realised just how much I enjoyed gardening after I had left home and moved into a flat. Not having a garden was absolutely dreadful. Therefore, high on the list of priorities for my next move was an outside space. I now have a garden that is about 45 metres long, which sounds big, but it’s actually very narrow.

I also enjoy visiting gardens, especially in the summer months when lots of towns hold open garden weekends. We are also lucky enough to have a great range of National Garden Scheme (NGS) properties in the county, so there’s plenty to keep me busy at the weekends.

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