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I have always been inspired by natural landscapes. My parents took an alternative approach to my education, allowing and encouraging me to find my own path rather than going to school.  I spent much of my childhood travelling Europe, exploring landscapes and learning from my families small-holding in rural Portugal. I was taught permaculture and helped manage our edible forest garden. These experiences were the seed that lead me to my current practice. 

As a teenager, I returned to England to Study. Inspired by permaculture projects that re-greened deserts, rebuilt communities and created thriving habitats. I soon found permaculture was not taught at college and instead, I studied Countryside and Wildlife Management, gaining a diverse knowledge and skill set for managing landscapes with traditional and modern techniques. 

 

I became fascinated with plants, particularly those used for food, fibre, medicine and crafts. With this interest in mind, I embarked on a two-year foundation degree studying ethnobotany at Plymouth University. My studies naturally progressed towards landscape design, which I studied for two years at The Eden Project, receiving a 1st Class Honours degree. 

My main passion and focus now is on designed plant communities - plantings that echo the structure, habits and aesthetic of natural meadows, woodlands and wetlands, whilst producing resources, restoring environments and improving people's lives.

In 2015 I was awarded the Prince of Wales trophy in Sustainable Horticulture. Awarded by The Worshipful Company Of Gardeners.

I have taught nationally on Permaculture design courses and I regularly lecture and talk on subjects of ecological horticulture, planting design and regenerative landscape practices. Visiting talks have been at Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, The Eden Project, RHS Wisley Gardens, The Beth Chatto Symposium and West Dean College.

I have worked on a wide range of projects including work featuring on BBC Gardeners World, Permaculture Magazine, Bloom Magazine and multiple podcasts.

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