With 25+ years of domestic landscape construction experience (including domestic garden design), I made the decision to return to study in 2017 and work towards a career as a landscape architect in order to influence the wider built environment, to embrace biodiversity and to enhance well-being.
In 2019, I graduated with an HND in Garden Design at SRUC Edinburgh and will progress to the 3rd year of the BSc Garden & Greenspace Design in September 2019. Delving deeper into subjects such as Landscape Design History and Greenspace Management, and undertaking horticultural studies such as Plant Growth & Development, Plant Recognition & Use and Horticultural Practices, I have been embracing the learning environment and rediscovering my love of the outdoors as a space for well-being rather than simply as a business model. I would encourage anybody to consider undertaking further study as a mature student. It's so rewarding and I look forward to learning more, every day.
Over the years, I have taken on several demanding technical projects including the design and construction of segmental walling terraces and steps for severely sloping gardens, the creation of bespoke water features (both naturalistic and formal), large-scale tree planting on country estates, domestic driveway construction, drainage systems for problematic ground conditions, and the design and construction of complex timber and composite decking installations.
Returning to study has given me the opportunity to consolidate and validate my skills, and develop my understanding to incorporate a large range of potential solutions within the landscaped environment. I look forward to embracing new challenges, and to pursue a career which strives to improve the living conditions of communities globally whilst striking a balance with the natural environment.