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Wilderness Tamed

Burnopfield, County Durham, Durham


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16 hour response time

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‘20 Certificate of Excellence, 2020


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.

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12 hires on Bark
16 hour response time

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3 customer reviews

26 August 2015


John looked at the job when he said he would, called as promised and quoted a fair price. Excellent so far, thank you.

10 May 2015

A very thorough and comprehensive site which covers many aspects of gardening and wild life. Beautifully illustrated. An impressed viewer.

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14 March 2015

John Really Knows His Stuff 5 Stars :-) .

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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.

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

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?

I can offer consultation advice via online chat or video calls.

Gardening is essentially a remote and isolated job. Meeting with new customers is always done at a respectable distance and masked. While working in peoples gardens I am always aware of hygiene issues such as gate or door handles and wear gloves most of the time to reduce risks of contamination.


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.

Designing and creating wild flower lawns and meadows.
Weed treatments.
Soil preparation.
Supply and sowing of UK native wild flower species.
Accredited installer for wildflowerturf.co.uk
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.

Grass cutting
Hedge cutting
Leaf clearing
Pond maintenance & cleaning
Jet washing & re sanding paths & drives.

Giving my clients sound horticultural advice can save them time and money as well as allow them to make the best decisions regarding their gardens.
Mediating in hedge and tree disputes is a common request. Helping neighbours settle on an approach that brnefits both parties.
Sourcing plants, seeds, tools, sheds and all things garden related to help clients achieve their gardening goals.