Biography

Since the age of four I have had an interest in plants. I started by growing polyanthus, rhubarb and horse chestnuts from seed. A strange mix I admit but a definite start in understanding the way things grow. I kept on growing plants and helping mum in the vegetable garden but soon developed the typical small boy desire for amateur construction and started building dens and dams in the surrounding countryside. I grew up completely aware of nature and its power in the landscape. I could see how different plants and animals were dependent on each other and how the seasons were crucial in regenerating the environment. I was witness to the destructive power of the elements and the haste with which nature heals. All this understanding was later supported and encouraged by my Geography and Biology teachers. Alongside, I developed a talent for drawing and painting the natural subjects I enjoyed. I found inspiration at home in the walled garden and around in the woods and streams in which I had played before.

By achieving good grades at A-level I secured myself a place at the Edinburgh College of Art to study for a degree in Landscape Architecture. In this time I grew to understand the built environment and how we can mix green space with buildings to maintain a healthy balance between the two. I studied the history of landscape in depth and visited many of the greatest gardens in the UK and some fine examples of landscape architecture in Europe.

 

I’ve always been interested in colour and texture

A keen eye on light and shade

Working with imagery and designs

 

On completing my degree I stayed in Edinburgh for a while working in a garden centre before deciding that a move was necessary before embarking upon my chosen career. This took me to London where I joined a small landscaping firm based in the north of the city which mainly operated around Hampstead, St Johns Wood and Maida Vale. Here I gained some very useful practical experience. Latterly I worked for another company specialising in tropical displays and roof gardens for the commercial sector. After a couple of years I was impatient to set up my own business and moved back to the familiarity of Dorset. That was 2004 and since then I have completed a wide variety of projects for private and commercial clients.

In 2008 / 2009I have written articles for the local press including, most notably, Dorset Magazine.