Originally from a technical background in computing, and later in the food industry, my work has always been strongly customer focused. Satisfied that these career paths were not for me, I made the decision to embrace what has been a growing interest of mine for a very long time; horticulture. Always keen to be outdoors, and naturally curious and observant about the plants and animals around me, it seemed like an obvious choice. Although not formally qualified in the field, such is my fascination with nature that I learn partly from my own observation of working with plants, and my own research. I also have the luxury of being surrounded by knowledgeable professionals in the trade, and exceptionally keen gardeners in my family.
What drives my enthusiasm in this line of work is the realisation of just how crucially important it is to support the ever-decreasing ecosystem that we all depend upon! And to inspire everyone lucky enough to have a garden, to enrich and enliven that space to become a sustaining habitat for wildlife. And of course, for us ourselves to enjoy the beauty that we can bring into our outdoor spaces.
Here on the nursery I look after the plants, but also have the privilege of tending the wildlife garden. Ensuring the birds always have a ready supply of appropriate food. Monitoring them helps me to know what to order for the shop, and how best to advise customers on choosing from the many different feeds and products. I am also very proud to have successfully helped rear and care for a family of wild ducks, two years running, from hatch-lings to full flight.