I’ve been reading James Lovelock’s Novacene – The Coming Age of Hyperintelligence, which argues that a new age is beginning in which new beings will emerge from artificial intelligence. The 102-year-old author and scientist has previously spoken out around climate change and argues passionately for the changes we should be making, such as to stop relying on fossil fuels. He previously wrote Gaia, which tells us how earth functions as one self-regulating organism. What an influential and inspirational person – never mind…
M I C H A E L J O H N M c G A R R
LEAD LANDSCAPE DESIGNER / OUTDOOR LIVING CONSULTANT
Michael is a multi award winning garden designer who creates gardens with an emphasis on ecology and sustainability.
He is a trained ecologist and landscape designer who has worked in the industry for almost 20 years.
Michael is a member of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture.
Michael leads WM Design Studio LTD. is a multi-award-winning creative and innovative garden design consultancy. Our background is in ecology and design, and we have a sound environmental and ethical path to designing outdoor living spaces, which is driven by a passion to create something unique, with the best materials with a meticulous attention to detail.
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J A N E B I N G H A M
GARDEN & LANDSCAPE DESIGNER.
After gaining a degree in Textile Design at Birmingham Polytechnic, Jane at first pursued a career in fashion and marketing. She has always been a keen gardener and when the opportunity arose she attended Reaseheath Collegewhere she gained a NOCN certificate in Garden Design. This included principles and history of garden design, and planting design. Jane subsequently studied RHS Practical Horticulture Levels 1 & 2, also at Reaseheath College.
She ensures her skills are up to date by attending Continual Professional Development on a weekly basis. Jane is familiar with the construction aspects of design: walling, paving, drainage and structures such as pergolas. Her expertise in the use of CAD systems as a tool for presenting the construction details helps the client to visualize and understand the hard landscaping. She is au fait with the design of specific elements: roof gardens, natural swimming ponds, or kitchen gardens, for instance.
Jane’s designs and work are fully compliant with U.K. Health and Safety regulations, and she is well versed in plant health and biosecurity. Her ultimate goal is to inspire biophilia. Connecting sensational gardens with the environment, she encourages her clients to delight in nature and the outdoors as much as she does herself.
Jane is an active member of the main industry bodies, helping to professionalise and develop the industry.
S A R A H D A V I S
After a career of twenty-five years in the finance industry, Sarah followed her passion for design and love of gardens to re-train as a garden designer. Graduating from the British Academy of Garden Design in 2020, this change in career allows Sarah to be creative whilst still using the skills gained in the corporate world, demonstrating a high level of professionalism, excellent communication skills and a passion for good customer service.
Building good relationships with clients is key to any successful project and Sarah likes to work in a collaborative way to ensure that you feel part of your new garden from the very first discussions through to completion.
Sarah also works part time at RHS Garden Bridgewater in Salford, and volunteers at Walkden Gardens in Sale, helping to maintain this beautiful ‘secret garden’.
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