The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Martin Clarkson

Martin Clarkson - Gardener

Martin ClarksonHere at LTHT we rely on a team of dedicated groundskeepers and gardeners to ensure that our sites are kept clean and tidy all year round.

Martin Clarkson has been with the Trust nearly a year and currently works as one of our gardeners, working across sites to keep our hospitals looking their best and the flowers blooming.

"I really enjoy meeting the interesting people you find around the different hospitals, there's always someone who wants to have a chat or discuss the work we're doing. Lots of the time, we have people commenting on how wonderful the plants look," said Martin. "It's really nice to see so many different faces."

"There's a lot to the job itself, much more than just the horticultural side. As a team we work towards ensuring that entrances are kept clear and ensure that sites are tidy; this is vital for ensuring good health and safety is maintained and our patients and visitors are kept safe," he added.

Previously, Martin has worked for the local authorities in Leeds and Wakefield, and has gained a City and Guilds qualification in grounds maintenance. During his early years, working as a gardener, he even worked on the landscaping for the famous Tropical World Leeds!

"My job depends on the seasons," said Martin, "the work varies from spring to summer to autumn to winter. In spring and summer a lot of the role is focused around keeping the sites looking nice and flowers in full bloom."

"Autumn and winter means that we have to ensure leaves are swept away and the grounds are adequately gritted. There are some jobs that need to be done all year though, like sweeping entrances and keeping things nice and tidy," he added. "Out of all the seasons, my preference is for summer though, as a lot of the work is outside."

Outside of work, Martin is a keen cyclist and also volunteers himself at car rallies. He said "I've been all over the UK helping out at rallies. It's a great sport and takes me to some of the most interesting places in the UK."

Martin also enjoys spending time with family. His wife also works at the Trust, and he enjoys playing football with his two sons at the Lucozade Powerleague arena near Seacroft.