Wilderness TamedCertificate of Excellence 2019
Burnopfield, County Durham, Durham(1 Review)
Specialising in wildlife gardens and wild flower meadows.
Design, establishing and maintaining wildlife friendly gardens.
Pond design and construction as well as maintenance.
Specialising in wildlife ponds rather than formal koi type ponds.
Garden design and maintenance.
Regular work considered and one off jobs.
I have several regular customers who I have worked for for years and they appreciate the knowledge and experience I have in maintaining their gardens.
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Wilderness Tamed Q&A
What do you love most about your job?
Each day is inspiring and I get to be outside, talking to friendly folk around the region and spending time in pleasant surroundings. Creating wildlife friendly gardens and encouraging people to adapt how the use their gardens, to relax in rather than work in, is very satisfying.
What inspired you to start your own business?
Wildlife gardening is quite a niche thing. After years of studying and working in horticulture followed by years working in conservation for the National Trust & Durham Wildlife Trust I decided to combine the two disciplines. Being able to create relaxing spaces for people to enjoy that don't require hours of weekly work is a great thing.
I have several gardening videos on my Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCujT9VMo5gyMFC55CKbLN9Q
Why should our clients choose you?
I studied horticulture at Houghall college in durham back in 1888/89. This gave me an in depth training in all aspects of the industry and a vast plant knowledge. So many businesses proclaiming to be gardeners are essentially doing building work such as patios and drives, fences and walling. Their actual plant knowledge is seriously lacking. I like to be tested by the clients if they bring out plants or flowers for me to identify. You wouldn't hire the postman to re wire your house so why employ a welder to tend to your garden?
Wilderness Tamed Services
Pond Design Construction & Maintenance
Design and creation of new wildlife friendly ponds. Pump and filter installation and annual maintenance Ponds with cascades and other pump fed installations. Natural ponds without pumps and filters. Supply of native aquatic plants including marginals, deep water, emergent and surface cover. Advice and consultation on pond management, problems and solutions. Making ponds safe for children. Working with schools to establish wildlife friendly gardens. Giving talks to local interest groups about ponds & pond life.
Wild Flower Meadows & Lawns
Designing and creating wild flower lawns and meadows. Weed treatments. Soil preparation. Supply and sowing of UK native wild flower species. Guarantee no exotic species. Traditional management techniques for wild flower lawns and meadows. On going maintenance of wild flower meadows and lawns. Giving talks to local interest groups about wild flower lawns and meadows.
Regular Garden Maintenance.
Grass cutting Hedge cutting Weeding Composting Planting Mulching Pruning Leaf clearing Pond maintenance & cleaning Jet washing & re sanding paths & drives.
From April 2009 to August 2012.
3 Year trainee scheme in conservation management based at Gibside. working at other properties around the UK learning traditional crafts as well as conservation, habitat management, path, fence, hedge, grassland, heathland and woodland management.
From August 2012 to present.
From leaving the National Trust I re established the gardening work full time again. Wilderness Tamed seemed the natural title for what I wanted to do. Creating gardens where people could relax and watch the world go by, without thinking there was a job to be done.
Outdoor Plant Area Assistant Supervisor
Peter Barratt's Garden Centre
From June 1989 to October 1991.
Managing the outdoor plant area and assisting customers with their enquiries. Apart from the customer help side which was great, essentially the job was shelf stacking. As no plants were grown on site, large wagons would turn up from Holland and we would offload those and stack the plants out on benches or displays. It was mind numbing work so after climbing the promotional ladder this far I decided to move on.
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