- How did you get started?
Working for my uncle in his polytunnel as "chief plant pot sorter and filler" during the school holidays. I can still remember being blissfully happy and not quite understanding why.
- What has been your hardest job?
Apart from bringing up four children? Physically, it was excavating 40 tonnes of topsoil with a spade and a wheelbarrow because there was no access for a mini-digger. You can never turn down work when you are starting out.
- Have you continued learning?
I learn something new about the industry every day, whether that is factual or in a business sense. There is always something new to learn and pass on.
- What advice would you give others starting out?
If you are passionate about this industry, you have to persevere to get what you want out of it. Keep asking - the more people who say no, the closer you are to someone saying yes.
- What does your typical day involve?
Developing business and marketing, researching the market for new products and styles, meeting clients and I find time for some designing.
- What is the best part of your job?
I love the look on people's faces when I unveil a design and show them what can be achieved in their outdoor space. Listening to a client's requirements and interpreting them into a smooth design is so rewarding.
- And the worst?
- What projects have you got on?
I am designing and consulting for commercial and domestic clients all over the country as well as working on a proposed show garden for a charity.
- How do you wind down after a hard day?
When my kids allow it, I play football, run marathons and relax with my wife in our outdoor space.
- What does the future hold?
I am determined to design an award-winning show garden and to develop the business to show people how design can enhance their outdoor spaces.