2 years ago
Being a groundskeeper in a garden of a historic castle doesn’t typically fall under the world’s most dangerous jobs category… except when it comes to England’s Alnwick Castle.
The country’s least populated county is home to a collection of some of the world’s most deadly greenery. The property hosts a garden dedicated solely to plants with the power to kill you in a matter of minutes.
According to the Alnwick Castle website, the garden was founded in 2005 by the Duchess of Northumberland with the mission of bringing awareness to the lethal dangers of harmful and illegal drugs. The intoxicating and poisonous plants range from hemlock, to belladonna, to the opium poppy Papaver somniferum.
Great Big Story recently went behind the iron gates and featured a video tour of the garden by a groundskeeper. When asked if he finds the garden fascinating, he replied, half jokingly, “Definitely…it’s a good way to get rid of your life.”
Guided tours of the Poison Garden are free, and run every 10-15 minutes daily. Watch the video below to see more of it and get to hear the phrase “kill you” many, many times.