Designer: Pip Wheatcroft

After a forced career change, I decided I’d do some gardening until something else came up and enlisted as a volunteer at Calke Abbey.

It gradually dawned on me that this was my new direction.  With the help and support of the staff at Calke, I successfully completed the RHS Advanced Certificate in Horticulture at Brooksby College, and was employed to renovate and maintain the holiday cottage gardens on the Calke Estate.

A spell at Rosliston Forestry Centre followed, teaching Environmental Education and I continued to further my garden design education.

Work as a freelance gardener and designer followed and I was employed by Cameron Forest and Garden on many successful projects.  I’d completed more practical exams on Herbicide Application and Chainsaw qualification.

Recently I’ve been managing and maintaining a large garden in Warwickshire.

Developing a successful garden design business is many peoples’ dream and I am continually reminded of this especially on hot July afternoons.


However, it’s not all ride on lawn mowers and colouring in.  A career in Horticulture is a lot more appealing on a sunny afternoon in June rather than a wet Wednesday in November.

As was pointed out to me when I was dressed as an elf at Rosliston…………....

Many are called, but few are chosen.

Keep it simple

Do it well

Do it now

To contact us:

Phone: 07977 037572