My name is Sarah Moore and I am one of the Operations Managers for the Public Open Space section of Commercial Services at the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk.
I was born in Birmingham, but grew up in the West Country, and also lived in France for 8 years from the age of 19.
On returning from France to develop a career I went to Easton College to do a foundation degree in Landscape Management. My first love is horses, however career opportunities in this field are limited, and so I chose to study Horticulture, where I could stay out of doors in the open air, which I prefer. Easton College was one of the only places offering this course and this is how I came to live in this area. As part of the course I had to carry out 120 hours of work experience, which I chose to do with the Borough Council.
This developed into being recruited into the Walks Manager role, and managing the biggest public park in King’s Lynn. I love working within the Public Open Space section as the people I work with are young, lively, good fun and all want to do the best for the area. We deal with both the glamorous and grotty side of the public realm, and manage the teams that look after the area, keeping it one that’s recognised for being clean and tidy.
There is no such thing as a typical day, I can be carrying out a community planting workshop, helping schools and community groups get growing, planning a landscape job, choosing new plants, to dealing with matters of litter and dog fouling or running events, such as the fireworks night celebrations in The Walks. There are always public realm projects to get involved in such as the new landscape and art installations in the Walks and Town Centre, and I think that these all have a positive impact on the area and the people and live here and visit. I am responsible for the parks and gardens in our area gaining the Green Flag Award, and in ensuring that King’s Lynn town gains a good result in the Anglia In Bloom campaign. As a front line service we interact a lot with the general public, and it’s nice to think that in most circumstances we are able to help people in some way.
Overall west Norfolk is a lovely part of the country with a diverse population and landscape, which makes it an exciting place to be and I’m sure you’ll love it too!