In 1990, she started as a retail assistant at Stewart’s Christchurch centre. Within a few years, she had taken a year-long day course at the Kingston Maurward College for land-based studies near Dorchester, and having successfully designed and created gardens for private clients in her weekends, suggested to Martin Stewart, the MD, that a design and landscaping division would be a credible service to offer to customers. The idea has been successful and now Loader, and fellow original team members, has had 590 garden design clients.
She said "I have particularly enjoyed designing gardens that need special attention to layers and levels. The challenge of making a space easier to work for those challenged with physical considerations, or fully wheel chair bound, is very satisfying when completed. A common sense approach to even a small space can make a big difference to the user."
Managing director Martin Stewart said: "We sincerely wish Sue a happy retirement. As we start our recruitment process it is obvious what an eye for detail and a superb ability to listen is possessed by Sue."#Meanwhile, Alyson Haywood is new general manager of Van Hage garden centre in Great Amwell.