Bowles and John Wyer established Bowles & Wyer in 1993, after working together since the 1980s, and the successful partnership grew into the current Bowles & Wyer Group, based in Tring, Hertfordshire. The company now offers garden design, landscape architecture, landscape build and landscape maintenance.
Bowles said: "After 24 successful years with Bowles & Wyer and 33 years working with John, I would like to thank, most sincerely, all my colleagues both past and present for their hard work and loyalty which has made a huge contribution to the success of Bowles & Wyer in the last 24 years."
The partnership has been a successful one. The company has won 40 awards since its launch, including taking the Grand Award at the BALI Awards in 2010 for the design and build of a Surrey garden, one of 15 won so far. At this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Bowles & Wyer Contracts built the Darren Hawkes-designed garden sponsored by Linklaters for Maggie’s Cancer Care Centres, which won a Gold medal.
Wyer praised his partner’s input over the years, saying: "The contribution Chris has made to Bowles & Wyer has been immeasurable. He has been a constant steady hand at the tiller, well respected by all in the industry and held in high esteem by colleagues for his wealth of experience in construction and the design and build sector. We will all miss his sense of fairness, distinctive approach to problem solving and contribution to life on site and in the office."
Bowles is also withdrawing as a shareholder. He will continue to work at the company for a few months to ensure a smooth transition. Plans for the company’s future will be announced in the coming months.