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I've been fortunate to be involved within the landscape industry for the majority of my working life.  The appeal being the challenge and satisfaction gained from working within the living, evolving and ever asking medium of the outdoor enviroment.  Its an enviroment that to the majority delivers great joy and pleasure, which in turn provides a wonderful sense of personal contentment at being party to a process in creating spaces that helps to evoke these valuable emotions within our clients.

 

Growing up in the urban setting of Chelsea in London never restricted my appreciation of the natural landscape.  The open spaces of Hyde Park and Battersea Park were my childhood playgrounds and weekend trips to Richmond Park with walks along the arcadian River Thames landscape between Hampton Court and Kew Gardens generated an enduring admiration for the beauty, ambience and wonder that these spaces provide.

 

On failing to achieve the grades to study Landscape Architecture at university, I worked for several years as a labourer for a property developer, before realising the need to develop the skills and expertise of a profession that would improve my prospects.

With the landscape industry still strong in my mind and seeking a trade that was physically creative, utilising a range of skills and disciplines which brought variation to each working day; I made it my goal to become a landscape contractor.

 

Three years later I had successfully completed a National Certificate in Horticulture and a National Diploma in Landscape Construction at Merrist Wood College near Guildford, Surrey.

 

This period proved invaluable in developing a high degree of technical and practical competence of landscape construction practices, a comprehensive plant knowledge associated with the use of plants in the landscape, draughtmanship, design skills and the ability to co-ordinate staff, machinery and materials for the efficient completion of contracts.

 

Over the following ten years I worked for several landscape contractors in London, starting as a junior landscaper and progressing to the position of project manager ensuring works ran smoothly from inception to completion, within deadlines and budgets met, high standards of workmanship maintained and attention to detail that left our clients satisfied.

After these enjoyable years, I decided in 2004 to set up my own design and build company, creating gardens that not only resonated with my clients desires, but my desire for simple, honest spaces that worked seamlessly with their homes and personal lifestyles.

 

The landscape construction industry provided many rewards, however the passing years reminded the body of the physical demands it requires.  This prompted what I felt was a natural progression of my career within the landscape industry and a long held desire to achieve the ambition of becoming a landscape architect.

 

The conclusion of four years study of Landscape Architecture at Kingston University in London and a brief spell at Schnoenaich Landscape Architectural practice followed my move to South Africa in 2010.

 

I was fortunate to gain vital experience of the industry within South Africa at Viridian Landscape Architectural practice in Somerset West.  During this period I undertook freelance design commissions and project management roles and after twelve months decided to dedicate my time and energy to starting my own landscape and garden design practice.

 

My aim is to create beautiful gardens that hopefully engage all my clients senses; a practice firmly rooted in a love for the natural world, coupled with an appreciation for the built environment and a strong desire to unify the two together.

Every design is unique and bespoke, characterised by a simplicity and style that embrace traditional values with innovative technology and new ideas.

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