Success Stories


Landscaping is an exciting and rewarding industry to be a part of.




Discover award-winning projects and meet the passionate people who strive to create new, vibrant, healthy spaces for everyone to enjoy.


Stewart

Stewart

Countryside Management

Kate

Kate

Garden Design & Landscaping

Jamie

Jamie

Landscape Maintenance

Natalie

Natalie

Student

Chris

Chris

Sales and Marketing Manager, Harrowden Turf
How I got into landscaping
I was bought up working in a market garden and a barrow boy for Ipswich market, which gave me a value of just how perishable home grown fruit and veg are. My background in sales got me a job with a leading turf distributor where I learned on the job.
Why I love landscaping
Appreciating the value of something will automatically give you enthusiasm that enthusiasm is infectious to those around you, who will want to have a part of you, when that happens, you have their attention, thus, the century old way of achieving most sales.
My advice to tomorrow's landscaper
Enthusiasm, appreciating good people, honesty and balancing the costs are key to the success of any business.
Eleana

Eleana

Landscape Designer, Feria Urbanism
How I got into landscaping
After school I completed a Foundation Diploma in Art, and particularly enjoyed applying design to the landscape and its link with architecture. I studied Architecture at University and started my career as an Urban & Landscape Design Assistant.
Why I love landscaping
I love working on large-scale public realm and play schemes, while considering the urban and rural environments. It’s great fun working on site and planting up our designs. I am so excited to be part of this industry, designing flagship projects around the UK and abroad.
My advice to tomorrow's landscaper
Landscape Design is an ideal alternative to budding artists and architects who like working outside. There are so many outdoor spaces crying out for uplifting designs, it’s really worth considering if you’re creative and unsure of what to do after school or college.
Dominic

Dominic

Mobile Team Leader, Idverde, Southwark
How I got into landscaping
I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do at 18, but I did like being outdoors and active. I started as an apprentice and have since trained up to Level 3 in Work-based Horticulture.
Why I love landscaping
I enjoy meeting the challenge of keeping clients happy! I look after a team of people which I also find very rewarding.
My advice to tomorrow's landscaper
Get some experience under your belt and take advantage of any training opportunities. If you show willing, you can progress very quickly in the sector.
Kenny

Kenny

Senior Supervisor, Idverde, Southwark
How I got into landscaping
I started off on temporary contract doing basic landscaping work. I was soon offered a permanent position and trained in horticultural and leadership skills. I am now a senior supervisor across a range of parks.
Why I love landscaping
My job has provided lots of opportunities to develop and progress. I am particularly proud of being involved in the maintenance of a BALI award winning park.
My advice to tomorrow's landscaper
If you work hard and show your keen, there are lots of opportunities to progress.
David

David

Owner, Mulholland Landscape Consultants
How I got into landscaping
I had always loved gardening from an early age. When a neighbour pointed out I could garden as a job I applied to the Local Authority Parks Department for an apprenticeship. When I started it was just a job, I had no idea what a rewarding career it would turn into.
Why I love landscaping
Meeting different people and the opportunity to go to different places is extremely interesting. I have been to the House of Lords, House of Commons, behind the scenes at Chelsea Flower Show, met five knights of the realm and been flown to New Zealand!
My advice to tomorrow's landscaper
Get a good grounding in the basics of horticulture both practically and through training courses. Follow your gut instincts about what you would really like to do and don’t stop learning.
Laura

Laura

Landscape Designer, Janine Pattison Studios
How I got into landscaping
I studied Fine Art at Oxford Brookes University where I wrote about sculpture in the landscape for my dissertation. Through my research I found landscape design. After graduating, I went to the Inchbald School of Design to study Garden Design.
Why I love landscaping
There are so many aspects to the industry – it’s not just about the design. I am learning on the job all the time, expanding my horticultural and construction knowledge. Making my ideas a reality is the biggest buzz. I love my job!!
My advice to tomorrow's landscaper
Get your qualifications and get working – since employment I have learnt so much.
Terry

Terry

Senior Contract Manager, Idverde, Southwark
How I got into landscaping
I started off in grounds maintenance at 18, where I gained practical experience. I’ve done lots of training since, including NVQs in Horticulture and most recently a Diploma in Management and Leadership.
Why I love landscaping
I am extremely proud to be involved in looking after a wide range of high quality parks in my area and I enjoy working with a talented team of people.
My advice to tomorrow's landscaper
Take advantage of any training opportunity you’re given if you want to progress.
Ben

Ben

Assistant Grounds Maintenance Manager, Quadron idverde, The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
How I got into landscaping
I started as an administrator and then onto a management training programme, where I experienced the practical side of landscaping, which I loved. I’m now Assistant Grounds Maintenance Manager looking after London’s most prestigious parks.
Why I love landscaping
Physical, outdoor work suits me more than sitting in office. I find horticulture extremely interesting and I enjoy the variety of work I get involved with.
My advice to tomorrow's landscaper
If you get the opportunity, try out lots of different landscaping roles. The profession’s extremely varied and by having a go at as much as you can you’ll gain experience and hopefully find your niche.
Melissa

Melissa

Head of Studio, Janine Pattison Studios
How I got into landscaping
After school I completed a national Diploma in Art & Design, I always loved science too, so a degree in Landscape & Garden Design seemed a good fit.
Why I love landscaping
First and foremost my passion is for plants. I also love the arts and through Landscape Design I have combined my passions.
My advice to tomorrow's landscaper
Get practical experience alongside your studies. It’s imperative for understanding more about plants and the actual nitty gritty of creating and maintaining gardens.
Stuart

Stuart

Construction Director, ACRE Landscapes
How I got into landscaping
My father worked in the industry and I started work alongside him as a stop gap job – 22 years later I’m still doing the job I fell in love with.
Why I love landscaping
I love making an impact on the environment we live in – a small green space can create a large wealth of happiness. Being able to revisit a scheme in the years to come and say “I planted that” is a great feeling. Working outside in all weathers is good too; the three months of winter is a small price to pay for the long warm summer.
My advice to tomorrow's landscaper
Embrace the landscape as every project/garden/scheme you maintain/construct/plant will be different, throwing up new challenges.
Nick

Nick

Retired Marketing Manager, Palmstead Nurseries
How I got into landscaping
I trained as a Landscape Architect but decided I preferred getting my hands dirty, and wanted to know more about plants. I now work for a plant nursery.
Why I love landscaping
Each day is different! Landscaping includes science, technical skill, management challenges and you get to work with lots of great people.
My advice to tomorrow's landscaper
Don’t ever stop learning! Carry on studying and gaining more qualifications to progress in your career and be prepared to move for your dream job.


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