Me & My Job - Imogen Parnham, intern, Sky Garden

Imogen Parnham, intern, Sky Garden - image: Sky Garden
Imogen Parnham, intern, Sky Garden - image: Sky Garden

How did you get started in the industry? At school I focused on environmental science, geography and biology, and I am currently studying geography at the University of Exeter’s Cornwall campus. When I was younger I always took an interest in wildlife and often enjoyed spending time outdoors. While I was looking for internships I found Sky Garden and they seemed the obvious choice.

What advice would you give to others starting out? Get as much experience as possible and speak to as many people as possible. If you can show that you are eager to learn and willing to help out, it will make it much easier for you. As with anything, passion for your work is important.

What does your typical day involve? In the sales department I have been writing articles for our website and estimating jobs. In the operations department I have been speaking to suppliers and working on the procedure of supplying a job. It is a fantastic experience and has helped me understand the whole process an order goes through, from the initial sale to completion.

What is the best aspect of your job? I love the procurement side of Sky Garden’s business, negotiating with nurseries and building suppliers. You can progressively see a green roof build up as you speak to more suppliers. It is great to see your efforts lead to a successfully completed project that the customer is happy with.

What does the future hold? The future of the green roof industry looks very positive and exciting. It is not just the UK seeing a boom. Toronto mandated for green roofs to be built on all industrial and residential buildings back in 2009. France recently had a change in regulations that led to green roofs or solar panels being installed on all commercial zone buildings. Chicago has even gone as far as to start rooftop farms.

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