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Fitting tribute to Bexley attraction’s former head gardener

PUBLISHED: 15:08 28 April 2016 | UPDATED: 15:08 28 April 2016

Former head gardener of Hall Place Chris Riley (centre) has a tree dedicated to his 38 years of hard work there

Former head gardener of Hall Place Chris Riley (centre) has a tree dedicated to his 38 years of hard work there

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Topiary expert has a tree dedicated to him at Hall Place

Former head gardener of Hall Place Chris RileyFormer head gardener of Hall Place Chris Riley

A dedicated gardener at one of Bexley’s most popular tourist attractions has been honoured for his years of hard work.

Former Hall Place head gardener Chris Riley spent 38 years tending the visitor site and has now been rewarded with his own tree.

Earlier this week, Bexley Heritage Trust presented Mr Riley with a tree, a common yew (Taxus baccata), which was unveiled in the topiary lawn.

Mr Riley spent many years tending to the famous ‘Queen’s Beasts’ topiary at Hall Place.

He has been clipping and managing the topiary for 21 years, and he still returns annually to maintain the trees.

The trust’s chief executive Caroline Worthington said: “Chris has worked for many decades to cultivate an award winning garden here at Hall Place. It is fitting that we dedicate this topiary tree to him today.’

Access to Hall Place Gardens is free of charge.

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