The team

Give your ‘patch of green‘ the ‘bushy‘ touch

Chris Stone - Managing Director

Chris Stone – Managing Director

Drinks; Tea, white, or Coffee, if it’s a bit hectic!
Biscuits; Raspberry and White Chocolate Cookie

Chris started his working life in London in money broking before he quickly realised that wasn’t the life for him. He started working on a local trade nursery and enrolled himself at Merrist Wood College, starting up a maintenance round from his trusty Mini van in 1996. From there his maintenance round expanded and the business has continued to develop over the years working with high profile clients and designers and including building award winning RHS gardens at Chelsea and Hampton Court. His passion and drive to continue to develop and grow the business is unending, as he strives to build a business that is recognised at the forefront of the landscape industry.

David Stone - Lead Designer/Operations Manager

David Stone – Lead Designer/Operations Manager

Qualifications; Adv. Dip. Garden Design, FAA Leave 3 Emergancy First Aid at Work (RQF)

Drinks; Earl Grey with a dash of milk please
Biscuits; You can’t beat a Chocolate Digestive!

David knew he wanted to design gardens when he was 17, greenkeeping for work experience whilst at school, led to a couple of jobs at local nurseries before a 4-year stint at 2 major garden centres. Merrist Wood and Brinsbury Colleges, and a brother starting up a garden and landscape business it was all coming together. Building, maintaining and designing gardens over the last 18 years has allowed David to realise what works not only aesthetically, but in real life, and his gardens are designed to last. A huge dollop of passion coupled with a hard-working ethic and a perfectionist’s streak means he knows how to get the job done and give the client the garden they’ve been dreaming of.

David is also a committee member of the Surrey Garden Design Group.

Matt West – Garden Maintenance

Jo Stone – Office Manager

Qualifications; Mental Health First Aider, FAA Leave 3 Emergancy First Aid at Work (RQF)

Drinks; Black Tea please
Biscuits; Chocolate HobNob

After putting up with Chris for longer than either of them care to remember, long suffering Jo has a vast experience of the day to day workings having worked in many different office roles. Having grown up with parents who owned a specialist Clematis nursery, Jo has spent her whole life around plants.  Before the kids came along, Jo worked for 5 years with her parents looking after the office and payroll and helping out with any potting and canning up. In her role in the office now she runs the day to day admin and payroll amongst others things, oh, and trying to keep Chris in check.

Natalie Frawley – Office Assistant

Natalie Frawley – Head of Customer Delight!

Drinks; Tea, white or Coffee a sweetener if you’ve got one!?
Biscuits; Fruit Shortcake

With her big smile, Natalie joined us at the end of 2016 and has already made a big impact helping Jo whip Chris and David in to shape! With her wealth of experience previously working for Audi and Deustche Bank and a keen outdoor girl with farming roots, she’s not afraid to get her hands dirty and help the company deliver fantastic service to our clients and charm our suppliers. She will often be the one answering your calls, confirming your appointments and making sure the boys have got your back to you, but she also helps put our marketing together and if you have received one our letters you will appreciate the time and care she puts in to each and every one of them.

Matt West – Garden Maintenance

Katie Maxey – HR & Risk Advisor

Qualifications; Level 4 NVQ in Occupational Health & Safety Practice, NEBOSH General Certificate in Health & Safety

Drinks; White Coffee no sugar
Biscuits; Anything with Chocolate on!😊
Matt West – Garden Maintenance

Sarah White – Office Assistant

Drinks; Milky Tea
Biscuits; Dark Chocolate Digestive
Matt West – Garden Maintenance

Graham Nunns – Head of Garden Maintenance and Aftercare

Qualifications: ND Horticulture, PA1, RHS Pruning courses, FAA Leave 3 Emergancy First Aid at Work (RQF)

Drinks: Coffee a.m Tea p.m both white with one sugar thanks
Biscuits; Ooh, Chocolate HobNob Thanks!

Graham is celebrating his 10th year with us in 2021. 10 years ago we nabbed him from Notcutts and in the intervening years he has worked hard to help us build up the maintenance and aftercare client base, providing hard work and attention to detail in every garden he has worked in or oversees.  His personable manner, tenacity and passion for all things horticultural has meant he has worked his way up through the ranks in those years to become our Maintenance and Aftercare manager.  Grahams day to day tasks mean he finds himself working less in clients gardens but is always on hand to get stuck in and relishes the opportunity to whip his secateurs out and get pruning.

Grahams background is well rooted in horticulture having keen gardening parents he went on to Merrist Wood College to study Amenity Horticulture and Landscaping. Whilst there and for four years thereafter he worked at Notcutts Garden Centre in Cranleigh working up to Planteria Supervisor before joining us and becoming a valued member of the team.

Matt West – Garden Maintenance

Cameron Rodgers – Garden Maintenance and Aftercare Team Leader

Qualifications; NVQ Level 2 Horticulture, PA1/ PA6, NPORS A/W, RHS Pruning courses, FAA Leave 3 Emergancy First Aid at Work (RQF)

Drinks; Tea, white or black Coffee, is great
Biscuits; BN-BN, sorry a bit niche!

Cameron was working at M&S when he came to us and expressed his desire to change career and tell us he wanted to go to college and learn horticulture alongside working. We weren’t going to stop him, so we helped to get him signed up and got him working in the maintenance team where he has shown very impressive development and a great understanding on how to get the task at hand done. Cameron has shown massive development since leaving college and has become such an invaluable member of the team that we have promoted him to a Maintenance Team Leader. His knowledge and skills have shown no abating, so we are awaiting him snapping on Grahams heels soon!

Jack Barney - Garden Maintenance

Jack Barney – Garden Maintenance

Qualifications; NVQ Level 2 Horticulture, ROLO Health & Safety, FAA Leave 3 Emergancy First Aid at Work (RQF)

Drinks; Tea 1 sugar please.
Biscuits; Ooh…, Chocolate Digestive

Jack always has a cheeky smile and hello but is also a hard-working individual who gets on with the job in hand.  He started off with us working on soft landscaping projects but found his home in the day to day maintenance and aftercare of our clients gardens.  You will always find him stuck in and smiling wherever he is in your garden.

Matt West – Garden Maintenance

Thomas Pady – Garden Maintenance

Qualifications; Level 2 Diploma Horticulture, ROLO Health, Safety & Awareness, FAA Leave 3 Emergancy First Aid at Work (RQF)

Drinks; Black coffee, oat milk if you have it
Biscuits; Malted Milks

Thomas has spent a relatively short amount of time in horticulture but has an absolute passion for the industry and is always absorbing informaiton, reading up and asking questions of his workmates.  A dedicated and confident team member. He has been working closely with our team leaders to bring on his kowledge and understandiing of how we work, undoubtably he is already a key asset to the company and we see him growing with us looking after our clients and their gardens.

Matt West – Garden Maintenance

Sam Fosberry – Garden Maintenance

Qualifications; BSc Hons Ecology, FdSc Countryside Management, PA1 & PA6, FAA Level 3 Emergancy First Aid at Work (RQF)

Drinks; White Coffee, hold the sugar thans
Biscuits; Hob-Nob

Sam trained as a ecologist, achieving a first class honours degree before coming a Countryside warden in West Sussex. Working over multiple sites and carrying out mantenance and remedial work he then helped to lead groups to carry out work with volunteers, organising and overseeing their work.  Sam contunued in this role for almost seven years and worked up to liaising and overseeing over 25 volunteer groups, their risk assessments and occasionally carrying out ecology studies and getting hands-on with the tools.  He wanted to get back to his roots and felt the change to working in a maintenacne and aftercare company would allow him to use his transferable skills and develop a career in horticulure.

Matt West – Garden Maintenance

Ashley Fox – Garden Maintenance

Qualifications; FAA Leave 3 Emergancy First Aid at Work (RQF)

Drinks; Green Tea
Biscuits; Not a Biscuit fan
Matt West – Garden Maintenance

Rob Tharby – Garden Maintenance

Qualifications; BETEC Level 3 Horticulture,

Drinks; Cold drinks only
Biscuits; Chocolate digestives
Matt West – Garden Maintenance

Gemma  Heslop– Garden Maintenance

Qualifications; Counterbalance Lift Trucks (LANTRA), RHS Level 2 cert in Pratical Hort, RHS Level 3 cert in Pratical Hort, PA1 & PA6, FAA Level 3 Emergancy First Aid at Work (RQF)

Drinks; Coffee Milk one sugar
Biscuits; Caramel Digestive
Matt West – Garden Maintenance

Liam Bartlett – Merrist Wood Apprentice


Matt West – Garden Maintenance

Tommy Elliott


Drinks; Tea one sugar
Biscuits; Custard Creams
Sam Bosanquet - Soft Landscape Team Leader

Sam Bosanquet – Soft Landscape Team Leader

Qualifications; NPORS E/D, FAA Leave 3 Emergancy First Aid at Work (RQF)

Drinks; Tea (milk no sugar), or Coffee (white with one)

Biscuits; Chocolate HobNob

With a cheeky smile and a glint in his eye, Sam is a buoyant and dedicated leader of people.  Sam is adept at everything that comes his way and joined us after moving away from London and settling in the country. He left Cameron Gardens Landscape to join our team and has undoubted fitted in well, capable at whatever he is tasked to do.  He has a wealth of experience from working at such high-end projects as The Ivy restaurants, Queens Tennis Club and The Savoy going back to the start of his career way back at Hilliers tree nursery.  He’s also a talented musician, or so he tells us!

Rebecca Crawley – Garden Maintenance

Rebecca Crawley – Soft Landscaping

Qualifications; RHS Level 2 and 3 Horticulture, FAA Leave 3 Emergancy First Aid at Work (RQF)

Drinks; Tea with milk!
Biscuits; Only one choice, Chocolate HobNob

Becca joind us in 2018 straight from studyng her A-levels and in that time she has grown and delveloped a wide horticultral skillset from nothing more than an intrest in gardens.  Initially undertaking her RHS level 2 we then set her on her level 3.  After starting off learning the ropes in our maintenance and aftercare team she then moved onto soft landscaping projects and turning barren plots in to planted paradises.  Becca is keen to have an all-round knowledge so i’m sure it won’t be too long before she starts to see how a hard landscape project runs and picking up a trowel to lay her first paviour.

Roger Young - Head of Hard Landscaping

Roger Young – Head of Hard Landscaping

Qualifications; NC Hort, NPORS E/D, FAA Leave 3 Emergancy First Aid at Work (RQF)

Drinks; Black Tea with one or two, depends how I’m feeling.
Biscuits; A nice Rich Tea please

Roger has joined us from Clifton Nurseries where he has been working as ‘Chief snagger and finger pointer’.  He brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience to head up our hard-landscaping teams having worked on high end projects for Clifton Nurseries, Scotscape as well as in Australia.  After a while away from the industry he has realised that his passion lay in the great outdoors getting his hands dirty. If he’s not between sites you will find him liaising with clients and designers to make sure the job runs as smoothly as possible. His ethos is simple, ‘to provide the best possible product for the end consumer’.  With that, he should fit in well, and help, Bushy Business maintain its vision of customer care and our ‘good people to work with’ guarantee.

Matt West – Garden Maintenance

Nick Trice – Team leader Hard Landscaping

Qualifications; NPORS Cable Avoidance Tools, FAA Leave 3 Emergancy First Aid at Work (RQF)

Drinks; Coffee, with a dash
Biscuits; Lotus biccy (too much time at the hairdressers!)

Having run his own company and working for some large companies in the industry for many years Nick has a wealth of experience and knowledge and is passionate about the industry and the work he does.  With a keen eye for detail and an unsatiable appetite to hep bring and train the team around him Nick is an asset to Bushy Business and a big help to Roger with the smooth running of projects.

Mike Lydford – Hard Landscaping

Mike Lydford – Hard Landscaping

Qualifications; Level 2 Horticulture, FAA Leave 3 Emergancy First Aid at Work (RQF)

Drinks; I’m not fussy, maybe a herbal tea?
Biscuits; Oooh got to be a HobNob!

Mike joined us in 2018 as fresh faced, enthusiasitc labourer who had some very basic experience on building sites and as a groundsman for a tree surgeon. Since then Mike has come on leaps and bounds and since attending Collage he has found a unbridled passion for landscaping.  The new challenges he is set no longer faze him and you will find him getting stuck in with a big smile on his face.

Mike Lydford – Hard Landscaping

Luke Perrin – Hard Landscaping


Mike Lydford – Hard Landscaping

Gabriel Ellis – Hard Landscaping


Holly - Guard Dog!!

Holly & Charlie – Guard Dogs!!

Qualifications; expert at sleeping.

Drinks; Water, chilled.
Biscuits; Anything & Everything.

Holly is Chris and Jo’s beloved pooch who can be found day to day sleeping in the office or in the sun when we have some. She will never turn down a biscuit if offered.  She has been the resident office dog for 12 years now and loves any affection that comes her way.

Charlie is a new addition who has settled into the relaxed working life sleeping and loving her big sister Holly.

Frank – Part time office dog

Frank – Part time office dog

Qualifications; Sniffing out mice and anything else he can catch scent of.

Drinks; Water
Biscuits; Anything left lying around or you’ve left unattended in your bag!

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