meet the gardening staff

Joy Mitchell

Hello, my name is Joy Mitchell and I work with the children in the garden at Dovecote. I love gardening and anything related to gardening – visiting gardens, reading about gardens, watching programmes about gardens! When I am not gardening, I like to sew (sewing in the garden would be my perfect day), I also enjoy walking, reading, and cooking. As well as working at Dovecote, I look after the roof terrace for a restaurant in Nottingham and grow food in the greenhouse for the restaurant kitchen to use. I have 2 grown up children and a cat called Mickey.  

I became a gardener relatively late in life (aged 42), when I gave up a full time job managing a Sure Start centre to go to university and study horticulture. I specialised in ‘social and therapeutic horticulture. I believe that gardening is a powerful and enjoyable way to improve mental and physical health and can be accessed by anyone. I love working at Dovecote school and seeing the next generation of gardeners learning the importance of connecting with nature.