Full name:

Jake Northfield

Where did you grow up?

Cherry Hinton.


10 GCSEs, 3 A Levels and a BA History degree.

Your previous role and place of work:

Scotsdales Garden Centre, Horningsea. I was a member of the plant department. As part of this role, I was in charge of the houseplant department, as well as working with the outdoor plants along with the rest of the team. After the first lockdown ended, my responsibilities increased and I became the main plant buyer for the store (both indoors and out).

What are you most looking forward to about working at King’s Ely?

Starting a career in gardening and furthering my knowledge of plants and horticulture, as well as working closely with the rest of the team.

Hobbies/interests outside of school:

I enjoy playing golf with my friends and going to the pub. I also enjoy gaming, football and spending time with my girlfriend. We do a lot of walking (with dogs and without), and baking. I have a passion for plants (orchids being pretty high up there) and also love history. My main area of interest in history is WW2, particularly based around military aviation history.

Any pets?

I have two Jack Russell Terriers and a cat called Bob!

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

When I was very young I always wanted to be a pilot, but after growing out of that I never had any idea of what I wanted to be.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

Definitely flying! Who wouldn’t want to fly?

What was the last book you read?

The last book I read was the second book in the Game of Thrones series, ‘A Clash of Kings’. I’m currently reading the third.

What song are you most likely to sing at a karaoke?

Probably ‘Careless Whisper’.

What is your favourite film?

‘Battle of Britain’.

Do you have any phobias or fears?

I can’t stand spiders, which doesn’t help much being a gardener.

Name three things you would want with you if stranded on a desert island for a week:

A knife, a box of matches, and a length of rope. I should be able to make some sort of shelter and survive with those things.

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