LANDSCAPE gardening in Cornwall might not be the obvious career move for an international 80’s pop superstar, but it’s one that Graham Jones, lead guitarist of Haircut 100 has never regretted.
Now working as the assistant manager of Rosehill Lodges in Porthtowan, the Love Plus One star swapped his cricket knits and chinos for wellington boots and galoshes more than two decades ago.
The London-born guitarist has worked for the five-star eco-holiday company since it opened in 2007.
Starting with a blank canvass the talented musician designed the grounds from scratch, transforming what was once grassland in to an elegant wildlife haven.
He said: ““When the lodges first opened the plants were really tiny, but as time has gone on and they have grown and matured I am very proud to see my plans come to fruition.”
Jones’ love for Cornwall grew after Haircut 100 split in 1984.
While working with musicians including the band Boys Wonder, Glen Matlock from the Sex Pistols and Steve New on an Iggy Pop tour, he would regularly visit the county.
“During that period I was coming down to Cornwall and surfing a lot and I kept finding myself coming back for holidays and weekends.
“The friendships I had formed down here were really good and really close and I felt more of a draw to Cornwall and my friends, so I moved,” Jones said.
After settling down in Porthtowan in 1990, the Fantastic Day musician helped to hone local talent through teaching guitar and recording local bands.
It was when one of his students asked if he would like to undertake a day’s work as a tree surgeon that a career with nature clicked.
Jones said: “I have always been interested in the outdoors. When the band were on tour I always went out of the hotel to have a wander and explore the buildings and parks to see as much as I could.
“I thought I wanted to do something outside because that is what I loved and when my pupil asked if I would I like to come out and do a bit of work for him, that’s how it started really.”
Since then Jones trained as a tree surgeon and set up his own business before starting with Rosehill Lodges.
For the acclaimed guitarist, music and nature complement each other.
Jones added: “Music is a part of me that never goes away.
“Music and nature are, for me, the same thing, there’s a rhythm that music and nature share.”
Haircut 100 have reformed and are currently working on new material.
But fans will have to wait a while before an album is released.
Jones said: “It’s been two years since we laid the backing tracks down. We have no sense of urgency or time limit on this album, we’re really just enjoying making music together again.”