Following a career in commercial management, I decided to follow my one great love and passion, gardening. I completed an NVQ in Horticulture in record time and set up my own gardening business. I did this for seven years before becoming a head gardener at a prestigious private garden in the area, where I won five Gold Awards at Leeds in Bloom, two Gold Awards at Yorkshire in Bloom and the Yorkshire Rose Award for Permanent Landscaping. Here I changed the entire ethos of the garden, re-designed it and re-planted it.
I studied my Diploma in Garden Design at a Distance Learning College and decided I would like to become a tutor. I worked for an environmental charity as a horticulture tutor with disadvantaged children and adult learners. I am currently working as a tutor and assessor for RHS Level 2 students, and writing course resources. I am also a member of the interest group, STH 4PC (Social and Therapeutic Horticulture for Palliative Care).
Diploma in Garden Design
NVQ in Horticulture
- Won 7 award including – Gold Awards for Yorkshire and Leeds in Bloom & The Yorkshire Rose Award for Permanent Landscaping
- I worked for TV’s Phil Spencer as his garden advisor on the TV programme, “Secret Agent”.