I have always loved plants and the outdoors, and I volunteered as a teenager for the National Trust for Scotland and Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh, where I later studied for a masters in Plant Biodiversity and Taxonomy. I later became interested in how designers can use plants to improve the landscape and the environment and studied Landscape Management at the Department of Landscape Architecture at University of Sheffield. I’m currently there doing a part-time PhD in planting design for low maintenance urban environments.
I have also always been passionate about teaching and have taught in Higher Education for many years. I’m particularly interested in developing students’ study skills and improving distance learning through technology.
In addition to teaching and studying, I keep up with professional practice by working as a planting design consultant and have worked on strategic masterplans and detailed design for housing projects and private gardens.
In my spare time, I get out to the Peak District with a camera looking for wildlife as often as possible!