After graduating from Aberystwyth University with an Earth Sciences degree Alex went on to work in the Exploration Industry before specialising in contaminated sites undertaking a Masters Degree at Nottingham University in Contaminated Land Management. The daughter of a specialist nursery grower the love of horticulture has never been far away and after 10 years Alex retrained to be a gardener. Alex worked in the renowned Daylesford Gardens and at a specialist plant nursery where she gleaned as much information as possible, in both cases, Alex says she was lucky to work with extremely knowledgeable and professional people who were very generous in sharing their experience with her, including maintenance, plant knowledge and design. After several years a position with Oxford Lawns and Garden became available and Alex joined in 2001. ‘I found it a far more of an exciting challenge working within a commercial business’. After 3 years Alex was promoted to Director and in 2008 became co-owner of Oxford Lawns and Gardens. From 2004 to 2012 Alex with Martin Adams started up the company Oxford Planters a joinery specialising in the manufacturing of quality hardwood planters and outdoor furniture, exhibiting at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show for 7 years. In April 2013 Alex became sole owner of Oxford Lawns and Gardens, specialising in design and planting plans, pruning and training. Alex has recently successfully completed a course 'Planting the Piet Ouldof Way' by Piet Oudolf and Noel Kingsbury and attended a lecture by Arne Maynard at Highgrove. Alex is currently working towards an Award in Social and Therapeutic Horticulture through Thrive.org.uk.
Mark joined Oxford Lawns and Gardens in February 2005 after persistently applying for a gardening position. The former graduate of Ecology from Cardiff University and a course in Accountancy Mark persuaded us to recruit him as a trainee gardener. Mark has successfully completed a recognised horticultural qualification and has adsorbed all information and experiences within the gardens. Marks plant and pruning knowledge is second to none. Mark is Senior Gardener in charge of a number of gardens visited weekly. When not at work Mark enjoys visiting friends and family, watching sport, walks in the country and visiting gardens.
James worked with Oxford Lawns and Gardens and completed a RHS Level 2 qualification some 8 years ago before leaving to be a stay at home father and look after his daughter. We were delighted when James came back to the Company in June 2017. James enjoys all aspects of garden maintenance and helps to supervise a number of gardens. James holds a Chain Saw certificate and therefore carries out small tree pruning projects.
Jenny first developed an interest in plants and gardening whilst working at a large tree and shrub nursery in Mid Wales. After completing a degree in Engineering at University, she worked away from horticulture for 14 years before deciding on a career change. She joined Oxford Lawns and Gardens in October 2016 on a part time basis. Jenny achieved the RHS Level 2 qualification in 2019.
Lucy has been part of the Oxford Lawns and Gardens team since 2016. She describes herself as an itinerant gardener, having created gardens in London, rural France, India and the American Mid-West. Lucy can be currently seen doing battle with moles and ground elder on a previously unloved 2 acre plot at her new home near Snowshill. A serious rose addict, her other passions include books, textiles and travel. Lucy is working towards completing a RHS Level 2 qualification.
Paul has worked part time for OLG for some ten years . He qualified with the RHS Level 2 Certificate and is keen on all aspects of gardening. He is an invaluable member of the team and often puts in extra time for special projects and heavy workloads.
Neil joined the Oxford Lawns and Gardens team in 2017 . A keen gardener Neil has become an invaluable member of the team, always more than happy to help out where he can. Photograph to follow!
Becky joined Oxford Lawns and Gardens in the Spring of 2019. A keen gardener and an allotment owner, Becky who I have known since primary school has fitted perfectly into with our team working part time, picking up days to help with holiday cover or other busy times. Photograph to follow.