A palace appointment for our garden expert

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IT’S not every day one has a royal appointment at Buckingham Palace.

But that’s where Green Flag Award judge Chris Worman was asked to inspect five acres of gardens as part of a new project.

He said: “When I received the telephone call asking me to judge the gardens at Buckingham Palace it took about two seconds before I said ‘yes’!

“The judging took place just before the Diamond Jubilee party so the atmosphere was brilliant. It was really exciting and such an honour.”

Chris, who has been a volunteer judge for 16 years, said Buckingham Palace Garden has now received a Green Flag - the national award for public and community parks and green spaces.

“I was chosen because of my long service to the scheme,” said Chris.

“It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

He said he didn’t feel under pressure judging the palace gardens.

Chris added: “I’ve been doing it for so long that I have a great depth of experience in what I do.

“There was a nice collection of mulberry trees, wildflowers and long grass. Even though it was five minutes from the centre of London, it still felt very private.”

The royal garden holds regular events including, most recently, a garden picnic enjoyed by more than 10,000.

“The stage was being built for the pop concert while I was there,” added Chris, who is Parks and Grounds Manager at Rugby Borough Council.

“Although I didn’t meet the Queen, it is an experience I will never forget.”