How did you get started?
I started gardening when I was 15, working for a family friend on weekends and school holidays. I then studied for a higher national diploma in horticulture at Bicton College in Devon to gain a good qualification and some essential plant knowledge.
What does your typical day involve?
My day starts by delegating jobs to my small team. I usually start in the office, checking emails/orders and updating work schedules, before joining them outside working on the maintenance of the 15-acre gardens, working on the herbaceous borders and bedding, ornamental lawns, the sports pitch and rose garden.
What is the best part of your job?
I love most aspects of my job because gardening is so incredibly rewarding and my job can be quite diverse too. My favourite aspect though has to be the creative side, when I get to design and implement a new project or development.
And the worst?
Exam time. Trying to plan our work schedule so that we don't disturb the girls with noisy machinery can be quite a challenge.
What piece of kit can you not do without?
I know everyone says it, but it has to be my trusty Felco 2s.
How do you unwind after a hard day?
When I have the time I love to play the guitar, drums, turntables and listen to a lot of music as well as spending time working and relaxing in my own garden at home.
What is your greatest achievement in horticulture?
In my previous role as a design/project manager I was part of a small team with whom I worked to design and project manage a medal-winning urban garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2008.
What is your greatest ambition?
I wish to continue here at Badminton for the foreseeable future. But when the time is right, I plan to start and run my own successful garden maintenance business.