03/2000 – 06/2000 - Garden Labourer
Self Employed - Grass cutting, Digging, Garden Clearing, Wood cutting
07/2000 – 08/2001 - Soft/Hard Landscape Gardener
Slab Laying, Block Paving, Slab/Block cutting, Pointing, Rotavating, Preparing ground, Turfing, Planting,
Carrier Landscape Services,
Bottom Green Cottage,
09/2001 – 05/2004 - Apprentice Gardener
All activities involved in N.V.Q levels 2 and 3 Amenity Horticulture, PA1 and PA6
The National Trust,
06/2004 – 02/2005 - Senior Gardener/Supervisor
Staff Management, Staff co-ordination, preparing/managing maintenance specifications
Countrywide Environmental Ltd,
76 Sapcote Road,
03/2005 – 12/2005 - Professional Gardener
Self Employed - Management and work planning, Horticultural advice, Garden design, Garden maintenance.
12/2005 – 03/2012 - Head Gardener
15 acre estate with 7 acres of highly-maintained garden involving potager, glass house, soft fruit and trained fruit trees, fine amenity turf with surrounding mixed herbaceous borders, clipped box parterres and cloud hedging, lily pond, natural lake and woodland garden
Large planters with summer/winter bedding schemes as well as spring bulbs. Seasonal indoor pots and displays.
The main garden was designed by Arne Maynard, who interviewed me for the job and with whom I worked in my first year at Soundess.
Poly tunnel management all year round with constant production of oriental salad crops, tomatoes, capsicums etc. Production of leaf mould and compost.
On-going design development including Mediterranean pool garden and orchard.
Management of 1 full time and 3 part time members of staff
09/2004 - The National Trust Diploma (Bursary from the National Garden Scheme)
01/2003 - National Vocational Qualification Level 2 Amenity Horticulture
07/2004 - National Vocational Qualification Level 3 Amenity Horticulture
06/2003 - R.H.S General Certificate
09/2004 - City and Guilds Garden History Certificate
11/2002 - FEPA – PA1 Foundation Module
11/2002 - FEPA – PA6 Hand Held Applicators
11/2003 - NPTC Manual Handling Certificate