comes from a family who have been involved in gardening and commercial
horticulture for several generations.
school, he took an apprenticeship at Pershore College of Horticulture,
which gave him five years of practical work and full-time study.
1972, he went to work at Mythe Nurseries, Tewkesbury, intending
only to stay for a short time.
was promoted to manager and remained in that post for 25 years,
until his move to Hurrans Garden Centres.
has been BBC Radio Gloucestershire's gardening guru since the station
opened in 1988.
has been the Royal Horticultural Society's Local Radio Gardening
Expert of the Year and has won the Gardeners' Writers Guild Gardening
Radio Award several times.
one time, he appeared weekly on three BBC local radio stations after
reputation of his broadcasting skills spread.
he heads our panel of experts in BBC Radio Gloucestershire's popular
series Gardeners' Questions.
has helped to sort out listeners' gardening problems on BBC Radio
2, and worked on a television series called Gardeners' Diary, giving
hands-on tips and advice.
says: "I feel that one of the reasons why listeners enjoy my
programmes is because I try to make things entertaining, as well
as giving people the information they need to get more enjoyment
from their gardens."