Photo by Nicola Stocken
Before training as a garden designer, I had a successful career in Human Resources management. I enjoyed my time in HR but wanted to develop my love for design, plants and the natural environment into a professional vocation. In 2008 I gained a postgraduate diploma in Residential Landscape Design and set up my own practice the following year.
Since then I have created designs for gardens large and small in Hampshire and the Home Counties. After moving to the Malvern Hills area in 2019, I am now practicing in the Cotswolds and Three Counties areas, although I continue to undertake projects in Hampshire. I use computer aided design software to produce drawings and concept visualisations, which allows much of the design process to continue online. This has been particularly helpful during Covid 19 restrictions.
When I am not designing, I spend a lot of time in my own garden and help out with community projects, such as the local Community Orchard where we make and sell our own apple juice. I am also running the ‘Habitats’ volunteer project for the Parish Council, which is helping to improve the biodiversity of our verges and other public areas. You can find out more on this here: hanleycarbonneutral.org.