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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Adam Pike

    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Adam Pike

    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview Adam Pike,Operations Manager – Arborcare www.arborcareherts.co.uk So you’re self-isolating…who’s your favourite person to be locked up with? My wife. Name one thing that’s changed about your daily routine that you’re going to take forward after lockdown’s over? Family breakfast. How many cups of tea/coffee are you now drinking per day? Tea between 10 to 15 which is less than when I’m in the office. Best new Netflix/boxset series or book you’ve discovered? Terry Pratchett books. What do you miss most about life before lockdown? Work. DIY vs gardening – which wins? Gardening. What time is…

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  • Photo of The BIG Little Interview – Katrina Roy

    The BIG Little Interview – Katrina Roy

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  • Photo of The BIG Little Interview – Noemi Mercurelli

    The BIG Little Interview – Noemi Mercurelli

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    The BIG Little Interview – Phil Jones

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  • Photo of The BIG Little Interview – Adam White

    The BIG Little Interview – Adam White

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    The BIG Little Interview – Kate Savill

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    Little Interview: Roger Webster

    Roger Webster Garden Design www.webstergardens.co.uk What is your most important piece of machinery/equipment? My MacBook does just about everything except make the coffee. Name one thing unique about your business. I share open-plan office space with other non-related business; it gives a good sense of perspective. What do you think the trends will be in 2013? Providing genuine value for money is more important, and that’s not a bad thing. How is sustainability embedded within your business? From the outset I think realistically about maintenance, and the consequences of a lack of it. If nothing else survives some well-chosen and…

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    Little Interview: Rosemary Alexander

    Rosemary Alexander, English Gardening School www.englishgardeningschool.co.uk Do you expect 2013 to be better than 2012? I expect to see more people taking up gardening careers, especially in design and grow your own. What is the busiest time of year for you? Autumn, when most of our one year courses begin. How is sustainability embedded within business? We make our students aware of the meaning and practice of sustainability. How important is social media to your company? Very important, gardening knows no social boundaries. Do you monitor your competitors’ progress? Yes, and regularly. What are your unfulfilled career ambitions? To be…

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    Little Interview: Jez Young

    Jez Young’s Secret Gardens [email protected] What is your most important piece of machinery/equipment? My van. I carry a selection of tools and fittings to overcome all eventualities. Name one thing unique about your business. I pride myself on ‘the flow’. I have to dig deep into my soul to come up with a bespoke design or feature. What is the busiest time of year for you? Whenever the weather is good. How is sustainability embedded within your business? Many of my features often breathe new life into old or damaged materials. Do you monitor your competitors’ progress? I always watch…

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  • Photo of Little Interview: Rae Wilkinson

    Little Interview: Rae Wilkinson

    Rae Wilkinson Design Ltd www.raewilkinson.com What is your most important piece of machinery/equipment? My imagination, my pencil and my FELCOs! Name one thing unique about your business. I have a deep plant knowledge base, and artistic roots play a huge part in bringing creativity to the design. How is sustainability embedded within your business? I feel very strongly that sustainability is the future for gardens. I always design with this in mind and I am constantly looking into new products and techniques to ensure a garden has a positive impact on its environment. What is the busiest time of year…

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  • Photo of Little Interview: Rob Whitehead

    Little Interview: Rob Whitehead

    Principal of Pickard School of Garden Design, Rob Whitehead/Landscape (design consultancy) In business terms, do you expect 2013 to be better than 2012? Yes. Our decision to be a ‘boutique’ consultancy with a policy of working on fewer projects has proved to be the right one for us. What is your most important piece of equipment? A black Moleskine notebook. What is the busiest time of year for you? With the design consultancy and the design school, guest lecturing and mentoring and business growth coaching for design businesses, I am kept busy all year round. What do you think the…

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    Cecilia Litvinoff

    Cecilia Litvinoff Cecilia Litvinoff Garden Design www.cecilialitvinoff.co.uk In business terms, do you expect 2013 to be better than 2012? It’s difficult to predict, it depends partly on the weather and how people choose to spend their money in this economic climate. Name one thing unique about your business. My business is completely female, I work with like-minded women gardeners and designers and we bring a female perspective into everything we do. What is the busiest time of year for you? Spring. Clients and gardens seem to wake up at around the same time, then autumn when there’s suddenly so much…

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    Craig Ratcliff

    Craig Ratcliff C.A.R. Gardens www.cargardens.co.uk What is your most important piece of machinery/equipment? Pencil and tape measure. Name one thing unique about your business. All the team are qualified. What do you think the trends/changes will be in 2013? An increased interest in wild flower meadows, and naturalist planting, alongside an increased interest in sustainability of hard and soft landscaping materials. How is sustainability embedded within your business? Our garden maintenance service is organic. Our landscaping from design to creation considers our impact on the local environment, here on the Isle of Wight, and on the wider environment overseas. How…

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    David Andersen

    David Andersen David Andersen Contemporary Gardens www.davidandersen.co.uk What is your most important piece of machinery/equipment? Haha, it’s the spade… it’s what we still always use for planting. Name one thing unique about your business. We only do contemporary gardens. What do you think the trends/changes will be in 2013? We are finding that clients are more interested in sustainability. eg Improving soil onsite by conditioning it with compost rather than importing soil. Also things like rainwater harvesting are being incorporated. How is sustainability embedded within your business? We try and recycle, and also design gardens with the general idea of…

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    Ed Heeley

    Ed Heeley Principal Scientist Glendale Recycling www.glendale-services.co.uk In business terms, do you expect 2013 to be better than 2012? I hope so. Hopefully better weather will improve compost sales. Name one thing unique about your business. We are fairly unique in having clients at both ends of the business: those with waste to process and those wanting compost. What is the busiest time of year for you? Spring and Autumn. How important is social media as a means of communication with clients? Not important for us. How do you find new clients? In terms of waste coming in we approach…

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    Naomi Parsons

    Naomi Parsons Garden Designer and Contractor [email protected] What is your most important piece of machinery/equipment? My pruning saw, it goes to every job I do and nearly always makes an appearance! Name one thing unique about your business. I’m always searching for unusual plants to enhance a client’s garden above the norm. What is the busiest time of year for you? Usually spring through to autumn. How is sustainability embedded within your business? Where possible I use double compost which is made of recycled green garden waste and quality hardwood chip from local tree surgeon. Plants are re-used wherever possible.…

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    Allan Fell

    Allan Fell Landscapingand property maintenance [email protected] Do you expect 2013 to be better than 2012? If it doesn’t rain like it did last year. Yes; have wellies will travel! What is the busiest time of year for you? Probably spring as everyone wants their garden looking great, all at once. What is your most important piece of machinery/equipment? A 20 year old Mountfield lawnmower, it’s what I started up with, and it still works. Ok I’m superstitious and nostalgic. How important is social media as a means of communication with clients? It can be a free, wide-reaching method of catching…

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    Ann-Marie Powell

    Ann-Marie Powell Ann-Marie Powell Gardens www.ann-mariepowell.com What is the busiest time of year for you? We are lucky enough to be busy year round, although it has taken years in the business to achieve this. What do you think the trends/changes will be in 2013? Perennial vegetables and edibles, a move away from the prairie movement into more structural planting arrangements and more deconstructed, looser gardens than we’ve seen in recent years. How is sustainability embedded within your business? Our studio aims to reduce, recycle and reuse wherever possible, new materials are often locally sourced and I find huge pleasure…

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    Andrew Smith

    Andrew Smith Managing Director, Smiths & Sons (Bletchington) Limited www.smithsbletchington.co.uk Name one thing unique about your business. Reputation earned in over 100 years of trading under the same family ownership. What do you think the trends/changes will be in 2013? House building will become busier. That’s good news for landscapers and people like us who supply them. How is sustainability embedded within your business? A couple of years ago we adopted our environmental policy as the cornerstone of our Environmental Management System. In 2013 we have made a major investment in a washing plant to produce recycled sand and gravel.…

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  • Photo of David Stevens FSGD, FI Hort

    David Stevens FSGD, FI Hort

    David Stevens David Stevens International www.david-stevens.co.uk What is your most important piece of machinery/equipment? My brain What do you think the trends/changes will be in 2013? Haven’t a clue, fashion is a dangerous enemy. How is sustainability embedded within your business? I’m not sure how many trees I’ve planted in my career, tens of thousands. Do you monitor your competitors’ progress? From time to time but most are friends rather than competitors. What are your unfulfilled career ambitions? To create an electronic garden of light as in Avatar. Best book you’ve ever read? Frank Lloyd Wright – An Autobiography. Your…

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    Katherine Crouch

    Katherine Crouch Garden Design www.katherinecrouch.com Do you expect 2013 to be better than 2012? A little, but taking three weeks out to go to Australia, then spending a month planning a stand at Chelsea Flower Show will have a negative impact on income. Name one thing unique about your business. I was BBC Gardener of the Year 1999 and BBC Gardener of the Decade 2008. What is the busiest time of year for you? Spring and autumn.  August and December are dead, except for maintenance work, but actually that fits well around family life. What do you think the trends/changes…

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  • Photo of Jason Cottingham

    Jason Cottingham

    Jason Cottingham MODern Housing Solutions Ltd In business terms, do you expect 2013 to be better than 2012? It’s looking to be every bit as challenging, with heightened expectations from clients with lower financial commitment. With the vast number of companies tendering each contract, cost savings seem to take precedent over quality offered. What do you think the trends/changes will be in 2013? I think there will be more focus on a greener approach in regards to carbon footprint and machinery used. How important is social media for the company? MODern Housing currently use Facebook as a portal for information,…

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  • Photo of Nick Hamilton

    Nick Hamilton

    Nick Hamilton Barnsdale Gardens Name one thing unique about your business. We have the largest collection of individually designed gardens in the country. What is the busiest time of year for you? We are classed more as a tourist attraction than a horticultural business, which invariably means we are busier through spring, summer and autumn. How important is social media? It is very important, not only for attracting new business but keeping many of our return visitors up to date with what’s going on at Barnsdale. Do you monitor your competitors’ progress? I like to visit other gardens to get…

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  • Photo of Janey Auchincloss

    Janey Auchincloss

    Janey Auchincloss Designs, Landscape Design & Construction What is your most important piece of machinery/equipment? My drawing pens and my Land Rover Defender. What is the busiest time of year for you? April – October, though I keep trying to educate clients into planning over the winter! What do you think the trends/changes will be in 2013? I see a move towards pictorial meadows – perennial rather than annual wildflower meadows – much less work in the long run. How is sustainability embedded within your business? We try to source from local businesses wherever possible. How important is social media as…

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    Ben Dyson

    Ben Dyson Earth Supply Ltd What is your most important piece of machinery/equipment? As someone that spends a lot of time out of the office, I have to admit it is probably my mobile phone. What is the busiest time of year for you? We are always busy – there’s no reason not to be. How do you find new clients? A robust and evolving marketing plan is the key. What do you think the trends/changes will be in 2013? An even greater focus on value for money as the market adapts to the shrinking economy. How is sustainability embedded…

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