26th July 2004




A mature student from the University of Lincoln has swapped Guinness for gardening after landing his dream job.


Simon Moore (36), who is studying for an Advanced National Certificate in Garden Design at the university, is currently working as Head Gardener at Aubourn Hall.


Before joining the university Simon lived and worked in Madrid where he owned four Irish pubs and a catering business.


Simon, who is from County Down, Northern Ireland, originally studied accountancy at Durham Business School.  But he decided that accountancy wasn’t the profession for him and moved to Paris where he worked part-time in an Irish pub and studied French. 


After a year he left to become the general manager at the first Irish pub in East Berlin.  This led to numerous consultancy projects to set up Irish pubs around Europe.


But a brief visit back to Britain with his girlfriend was a life-changing experience.


“My girlfriend was coming to Lincoln to study a Masters in Conservation of Historic Objects at the university,” said Simon.  “While in the city I paid a visit to Riseholme Park and spoke to someone about the Garden Design course.


“I had no prior knowledge of horticulture but the subject really interested me. I decided to sell up and move back to Lincoln and enrol on the course.”


During his time at university Simon spent a year working one day a week at Aubourn Hall and finally decided that gardening was the job for him.


“Working at Aubourn Hall I get to watch the gardens change and develop through the seasons, something that I never appreciated in Madrid,” he said.  “I have gone back to nature and I have a much more fulfilling and fantastic life.”


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