- What does your typical day involve?
Each day is slightly different as I am undertaking different tasks. My work ranges from design to construction, right through to the maintenance of gardens. It's a real mixture of different projects. For example, last month I was doing a job in Putney. I put in new brick edging, took out all the soil and cut all the overgrown plants back. Just last week I was planting lots of Betula utilis 'Jacquemontii' and this week I'm trimming hedges.
- What takes up most of your time?
Doing the maintenance in the summer months, especially cutting grass and keeping pots watered. It's very satisfying to keep everything tidy and presenting a well-maintained, clean looking garden.
- Do you get out of the office enough?
If the weather's really bad I'm tackling paperwork at home but the rest of the time is spent outside.
- What is the best part of your job?
Watching sites transform from being messy, unusable spaces into something smart, usable and pretty, and having a happy client.
- And the worst?
Working in a north-facing frost pocket as well as leaf picking and weeding.
- What piece of kit can't you do without?
Definitely my van and all the tools inside it.
- How do you wind down after a day's work?
I like to go out and experience Putney's nightlife and its two-for-one cocktails. I've also just bought a new piano, which I like to play.
- What does the future hold?
I'm trying to gain enough experience before expanding. I'd like to employ some people so that I end up with several vans and a big team of guys. It would mean the company could get through jobs quicker and take more on.