I think it was the experiences through my childhood that had the most influence on me as a sustainable landscape architect. My childhood was living on a farm. The farm is located in a unique area of the UK, and boasts an endless list of unique qualities; SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest), AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), Ancient Schedule Monuments were all present on the land which we farmed. These factors resulted in the farm have been managed under the most sensitive environmental stewardship schemes available through the last 40 years.
As a result, I have an attitude where I believe that producing food is something we do which helps enhance the amenities of the landscape, protects wildlife and takes into consideration the cultural and heritage landscapes which surround us. Click here to read about the farm mentioned in this text.
This passion has never left me, and I worked on the farm through my twenties, starting a variety of different projects which focused on celebrating how the production of food is more than just for us to eat. One of the more memorable projects was the Pig Honey Cider Project. This project promoted pigs, bees and apple trees, and how they have a unique symbiotic relationship between them. Click here to see more.