Angela Palmerton


Angela's passion for gardens was noticed at an early age when she was often found with her nose in some plant or other or her hands buried in the soil. Her enthusiasm and love of the outdoors continues unabated and has grown in its ambition to include the design and creation of imaginative and beautiful gardens with a specialism in gardening for wildlife.  Angela’s passion for wildlife has been apparent throughout her career, which has previously included being Head of Production for natural history documentaries working with broadcasters, such as, the BBC, Discovery and National Geographic.

Angela’s role at Lady Penelope today is managing a team of skilled individuals in the maintenance and development of her client’s gardens and estates.   Whilst she often misses the hands-on role of gardening, which was the interest that started Lady Penelope, Angela is as equally committed to the investment of time and energy in training and recruitment skilled professional employees who contribute to the long term success of Lady Penelope as a business.

Mark Lamey

Estates and Gardens Advisor

Mark trained in horticulture at the Royal Horticultural Society’s garden, Wisley and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.  His first professional role was a Head Gardener to a private Cotswold four-hundred acre estate in which he also established a forty-acre arboretum that cultivated a collection of tree species used in furniture production. 

He was a freelance garden designer for fifteen years after that before taking a role as Gardens Adviser to gardens of the National Trust including Sissinghurst, Mottisfont, Nymans and the World Heritage Site of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal.  More recently he gained a Masters in the Conservation of Historic Gardens and Cultural Landscapes at the University of Bath.   He is a volunteer for the Sussex Gardens Trust and Nymans gardens.

Tanya Wallis

Lead Gardener/Gardens Manager

Tanya began her career in horticulture 17 years ago where, after studying her RHS level 2 and The History of Gardens, she started her own gardening business. She became interested in garden design after working on projects with a Chelsea gold winning designer. She has continued with her professional development over the years to extend her wide horticultural, soft landscaping and garden design knowledge.

She became a craftsman horticulturalist at Arundel Castle, where her main areas of responsibility were the Collectors Earls Garden, the Victorian glasshouse, the private orchid collection as well as working with the team in all areas of the Castle Estate.

In her spare time at home in between being a breeder of Mediterranean miniature donkeys no less, she has designed her own garden and grows all her own vegetables which is one way of using the manure!!

Pete Beale

Lead Gardener

Pete is an experienced horticulturist and tree surgeon. His qualifications include RHS level II in Horticulture, NPTC Basic & Advanced Chainsaw Operation, NPTC Pesticide Application PA1 & PA6 and Higher National Diploma in Rural Business Management (Agriculture, Horticulture & Forestry). 

His interpersonal skills and experience in team leadership are deployed in his role with Lady Penelope as Lead Gardener.  He also heads up the project team for estates.  Peter has been a 10-year volunteer RNLI crew for Shoreham Harbour Lifeboat, and also served in the Merchant Navy as a Marine Engineer.

John Moore

Lead Gardener

John has in-depth knowledge of different styles of garden gained from his role as  Head Gardener at a local private estate open to the public. He brings a wealth of practical knowledge to the Lady Penelope team. As a team leader, John is adept at building excellent relationships with our clients.  He also has a great sense of humour (or bad depending on which way you look at it!).

John's qualifications include RHS Level 2 Certificate in Horticulture, Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross-Cutting, PA1 & PA6 Spraying Certificates, Cherry picking, Tele-handler and ATV. He is a keen motorcyclist and member of the West Sussex Advanced Motorcyclists, and likes nothing more than heading off with a tent on the back of his bike (and sometimes if she's lucky his wife!)

Sean Butcher

Lead Gardener, Estates

Sean began his career with Lady Penelope in the landscaping team and has since been promoted to the role of Lead Gardener with the Estates team. 

He is often referred to by the team as the ‘engine room’ of Lady Penelope, being also responsible for all yard and vehicle operations. His qualifications include Level 2 NVQ in Horticulture & Landscaping (Distinction) from Brinsbury College and has a broad experience with soft landscaping gained from a four-year apprenticeship at Rotherhill Nurseries in Stedham. Sean brings a great skill-set to the Lady Penelope team, is a solid gardener with excellent plant knowledge, and a career path ahead of him as a team leader.

Jake Feldwhere

Senior Estate Groundsman

Jake is an experienced Estates maintenance operative and his role at Lady Penelope is mainly committed to the grounds maintenance to our clients 150-acre estate near Petworth. 

Jake works across all disciplines including tree surgery, forestry work, grounds care, lake and waterway maintenance.


Landscaper/Estates Gardener

Jamie predominately works within the landscaping team, and is very close to now running his own projects for us. 

He is a real asset to the company, being experienced not only in hard and soft landscaping, but also groundmanship and estates work. 

He is also our resident digger operator, with experience operating excavators up to 17-tonnes.

Libby Wain


Libby joined Lady Penelope after completing an apprenticeship and successfully achieving a Level 2 Diploma in Horticulture. 

She has worked in France volunteering for horticultural organisations, in particular organic farming, which Libby is passionate about.   Libby is a great asset to the team, always willing to throw her hands to anything.



Lily joined Lady Penelope after completing an apprenticeship with a tree surgery company in Glasgow. She is a well-weathered groundsperson, and rumour has it that she has hulk-like strength! Apart from her secret powers, Lily's is as comfortable wielding a hedge-cutter as she is delicately working in a herbaceous border, and has a particular love of working with topiary. In her spare time she is an acclaimed textile artists (according to her friends!), as well as designing and creating costumes for festivals and theatre.

Ali Bissett-Powell


Ali started gardening when he was 17 years old, starting work with his brother's landscaping company and has gained a wealth of experience from working with large garden maintenance companies, including groundworks and soft landscaping, right through to large private estates with formal gardens open for the NGS. He is licenced to drive a cherry picker and is highly experienced in the use of all types of garden machinery.

Ali is a real people person, an excellent problem solver and a much valued member of our team. In his free time (not that he gets much!), he loves fishing, football and cars – so basically all the classic boys toys!


Horticultural Support and Admin

Bev has been a part of the Lady P team from the early days, initially as a Senior Gardener and more recently working in the office providing horticultural support and administration.  Bev has been involved in horticulture for most of her working life (her father trained under the broadcaster Fred Streeter, Head Gardener at Petworth House). She has RHS General Certificate in Horticulture with distinction, has owned and managed her own small plant nursery, and has created her own stunning garden which was featured on television. And to add to the list, Bev has a BSc in Psychology (rather handy in our office at times!) and her final Dissertation was called "The Need to Garden". Bev is a member of the EHSSG, a local self-sufficiency group and actively grows all her own fruit and vegetables.


Office Manager

Sheila is Angela's sister and joined us when she offered her assistance in setting up our new offices (for a week – oops!). With her excellent organisational skills and efficient running of the office, the Lady Penelope team and looking after clients, she is an important asset to us.  As is her right-hand man, Griffin, the golden Labrador who waits patiently in the office for the team to return armed with biscuits.


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We are always looking for new talent to add to our team. Please get in touch by emailing us with details of your qualifications, skills and information about yourself and we will get back to you.

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