Me & my job - Phil Kennedy, designer/landscaper, PK Bespoke Landscapes

Phil Kennedy, designer/landscaper, PK Bespoke Landscapes - photo: Phil Kennedy
Phil Kennedy, designer/landscaper, PK Bespoke Landscapes - photo: Phil Kennedy

- 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.


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