Clare College Cambridge

The Gardening Team



Stephen Elstub - Head Gardener


The College's Head Gardener, Steve Elstub. Steve began his career in gardening as an apprentice with the Leeds Parks Department, and came to Clare after ten years at Audley End House, near Saffron Walden. Steve is particularly proud of the reputation Clare has for its herbaceous perennial planting and its many specimen trees. 

Steve has a team of five gardeners including:


Ian Mason

Ian, Steve's Deputy, has been at Clare for 24 years. He enjoys the Cambridge colleges' reputation for being the finest in the country.


Chris Heath

Chris has been with the College for 16 years. He is most interested in the Garden's history and is a keen plants man.