John James is the Head Gardener of Christ Church making him responsible for maintaining the college gardens and Christ Church Meadow to the highest possible standard. He very much enjoys the contrast of the highly maintained gardens with the wilder areas of the Meadow and is constantly looking for ways to improve standards of upkeep as well as improving the local environment for all.
John trained at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and worked at various private estates in the south of England before coming to Christ Church in January 2012.
You can also find John on Instagram at @christchurchgardener.
In The Press: Christ Church’s Meadow Regeneration Project
Christ Church’s floodplain meadow regeneration project has been featured in the Financial Times. In the piece by gardener and garden writer Jim Cable, Christ Church’s head gardener discusses the process of introducing wildflower species to the Meadow.