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Little Interview: Jez Young

Jez Young’s Secret Gardens


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 what others are up to.

What are your unfulfilled career ambitions?

Creating a large public work.

Best book you’ve ever read?

I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sellew by

Dr Seuss. A very good perspective on life.

Your most inspirational garden?

I like Piet Oudolf’s work; I also find inspiration from the world around me.

Your dream job?

Big machines, 5-10 good people, 500 acres, and a blank cheque with the brief “Jez, I want you to create a garden…you know best.”

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

I really didn’t like gardening when I was younger.



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