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

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.

Jo Stone - Office Manager

Jo Stone – Office Manager

Drinks; Tea please, white no sugar
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 – Office Assistant

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.

Graham Nunns – Head of Garden Maintenance and Aftercare

Graham Nunns – Head of Garden Maintenance and Aftercare

Qualifications: ND Horticulture, PA1, RHS Pruning courses, EFAW First Aider

Drinks: Coffee or Tea, white – no sugar
Biscuits; Ooh, Chocolate HobNob Thanks!

Graham is celebrating his 8th anniversary with us, having joined Bushy Business in 2011 as a landscape gardener. His personable manner, tenacity and passion for all things horticultural has meant he has worked his way up through the ranks to maintenance manager. Day to day Graham can be found working with his own maintenance clients and on specialist pruning jobs but he is also responsible for the day to day organisation and smooth running of the other maintenance teams.

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.

Cameron Rodgers – Garden Maintenance and Aftercare Team Leader

Cameron Rodgers – Garden Maintenance and Aftercare Team Leader

Qualifications; NVQ Level 2 Horticulture, PA1/ PA6, NPORS A/W, RHS Pruning courses, EFAW First Aider

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!

Jonny Woodley - Garden Maintenance and Aftercare Team Leader

Jonny Woodley – Garden Maintenance and Aftercare Team Leader

Qualifications; Numerous RHS pruning courses, EFAW First Aider

Drinks; Tea but coffee if it’s easier
Biscuits; Anything Choc Chip or a Bourbon

Jonny came to us 4 years ago, having spent a lot of time soft landscaping for high end domestic development companies. Since then his skill set and knowledge has increased beyond recognition and now he is an invaluable member of the team, as his passion and enthusiasm, along with a cheeky smile, continues to light up the maintenance team and its clients.

Jack Barney - Garden Maintenance

Jack Barney – Garden Maintenance

Qualifications; NVQ Level 2 Horticulture, ROLO Health & Safety, EFAW First Aider

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

Jack always has a smile and a cheeky hello but is also a hard-working individual who gets on with the job in hand.  As adept soft landscaping as he is undertaking maintenance you may well see him in either side of the business, getting on and learning as much as he can, to progress his skill set and knowledge.  We have high hopes for jack and will get him on some external training to supplement the in house training he is on already.

Kimberley Gooch – Garden Maintenance

Kimberley Gooch – Garden Maintenance

Qualifications; First Aid

Drinks; Tea, milk, no sugar – l’m sweet enough thanks
Biscuits; Chocolate digestive

Kim has come to us after spending the last 10 years working on large country estates, the last 3 of which as an Estate Manager. Looking after 96 acres of private garden, park and woodland she has been liaising and working with sub-contractors to ensure the high standards the owners expected were always met. You might also see her treading the boards and behind the scenes as theatre director, making sure the yearly panto goes off without a hitch, so she is well adept to organising…

Matt West – Garden Maintenance

Matt West – Garden Maintenance

Qualifications; Level 3 Horticulture, Level 2 Forestry and Arboriculture, NPTC CS30, CS31, EFAW First Aider

Drinks; Tea or Coffee with milk thanks, l’m not fussy!
Biscuits; ALL biscuits are my favourite!!

Matt joined us in 2018 from working at an Estate in Petworth where he felt he wasn’t utilising his core skills and building on them. Previous to that he had spent 4 years working in garden maintenance and having undertaken numerous college courses. So, with his big smile and cheery hello, you will find Matt hard at work striving to maintain and improve your garden and himself.

Rebecca Crawley – Garden Maintenance

Rebecca Crawley – Garden Maintenance

Qualifications; RHS Level 2 Horticulture (undertaking), EFAW First Aider

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

Becca has been with us since last summer when she left college and decided she wanted to pursue a career in horticulture. We got out her out with our maintenance teams and enrolled her on to the RHS Level 2 in Horticulture at Brinsbury College. Since then there has been no looking back and Becca’s confidence and knowledge has sky rocketed. She now has a sound knowledge of plant names that she is constantly improving and her understanding of soil science and planting styles is accompanying her skill with her seccys. Oh, and she can cut a mean stripe on a lawn!

Steven Lamberth – Garden Maintenance

Steven Lamberth – Garden Maintenance

Qualifications; PA1/ PA6, NPTC CS30, CS31, Level 2 Brushcutter/ Pedestrian Mowers/ Wood Chipper, 180-degree Excavator.

Drinks; Tea with milk thanks
Biscuits; Just biscuits, biscuits, biscuits thanks!

Steven has a wealth of experience and knowledge having spent many years working in garden maintenance and development at Wintershall Estate and with Guildford Council, and also with his own company. Steven has just joined us and we are looking forward to him fitting in and get stuck into our maintenance and landscaping projects and sharing his knowledge with his workmates.

Paul Charman – Head of Soft Landscape

Paul Charman – Head of Soft Landscape

Qualifications; NPTC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Horticulture, NPTC Level 1 Practical Horticulture Skills, CSCS Health & Safety, CITB Health & Safety, NPORS E/D, EFAW First Aider

Drinks; Tea please, with a dash of honey!
Biscuits; Custard Cream or maybe a Bourbon a bit old school!

Paul has joined us to head up our soft landscaping department and comes from rounding off his vast skill set by working for The Outdoor Room undertaking hard landscaping on high end projects and numerous RHS medal winning gardens.  But it is soft landscaping that is his passion, and with working for over a decade with SJM Landscapes and over 3 years at Evergreen and Hilliers. In fact, his whole career is based around a love of horticulture and the outdoors. So, with his all-round knowledge and fantastic people skills he will be striding forward with our soft landscape work, liaising and arranging projects from concept to completion with his meticulous approach and keen eye on detail.

Sam Bosanquet - Soft Landscape Team Leader

Sam Bosanquet – Soft Landscape Team Leader

Qualifications; NPORS E/D, EFAW First Aider

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!

Joshua Van Der Hut –Tree Surgeon and Soft Landscaping

Joshua Van Der Hut –Tree Surgeon and Soft Landscaping

Qualifications; NPTC CS30/31, CS38, CS32/33, EFAW First Aider

Drinks; Strong white with 1 sugar.
Biscuits; Hmmmm, Bourbon

Josh came to us last year after spending a few years working on a private estate in the local area.  His love of trees means he can often be found climbing up and clinging on a tree or hedge and using something sharp and preferably mechanical to get straight lines and clean cuts.

Josh has been brought up doing garden maintenance for his dad’s company and is a confident and capable maintenance operative using any type of machinery required.  His calm manner and meticulous approach, along with his hard-working ethos makes him a dedicated member of the team.

Roger Young - Head of Hard Landscaping

Roger Young – Head of Hard Landscaping

Qualifications; NC Hort, NPORS E/D, EFAW First Aider

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 keeping Matt and Sean in check 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 Piper - Hard  Landscaping Team Leader

Matt Piper – Hard  Landscaping Team Leader

Qualifications; NVQ Level 2 Horticulture, NPORS E/D & A/W, EFAW First Aider

Drinks; Tea or Coffee, white with one please
Biscuits; Not fussy what ever you have

What do you do when you come back from working in the beautiful climes of New Zealand? You come and work for Bushy Business and make yourself an integral member of the team!  Matt has swapped the garden maintenance in NZ for the bustle of hard landscaping and is loving every second of it. Matt has progressed exponentially and shown a huge desire to continue learning and progressing his skills and knowledge and after becoming a Team Leader last year he has been working and refining his own skills and that of his team. Under the guidance of Roger, Matt has been learning how to manage bigger projects to ensure they run smoothly and ensuring communication between all parties is clear and precise.

Sean Cull – Hard Landscaping Team Leader

Sean Cull – Hard Landscaping Team Leader

Qualifications; BTEC Level 3 NC Horticulture, BTEC Level 3 NA Horticulture & Landscape, NPTC Level 2 Horticulture (Sports Turf), PA1/ PA6, EFAW First Aider

Drinks; Café Bon Bon. 10 seconds to drink so you can get straight back to work!!
Biscuits; Caramel Digestive, straight out of the fridge for ultimate crunch/ chewiness when you dunk it!

Sean has been with us for over year now and completely undersold himself when we interviewed him. His CV was good but his commitment and ability to undertake any task and show commitment along with a good dollop of common sense and problem solving has meant he has become a dependable team player who has now just become a landscape team leader. Whatever has been thrown at Sean he has shown he has the ability and nouse to bring excellent results and attention to detail.

Michael Tanner – Hard Landscaping

Michael Tanner – Hard Landscaping

Drinks; Tea, white with one please
Biscuits; Got to be a classic HobNob thanks

Mike joined us this year having been working on an Estate as a trainee estate manager where his duties were wide and varied. This was built on his previous roles labouring so he well adept at turning his hand to any of the tasks before him. He has joined us to hone his skills and knowledge by working with our skilled team so he push-on within the landscape industry. You will find him relishing a hard landscape challenge with a cheeky grin to boot.

Mike Lydford – Hard Landscaping

Mike Lydford – Hard Landscaping

Qualifications; EFAW First Aider

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

Mike has been with us since 2018 as a labourer who had some very basic experience on building sites and as a groundsman for a tree surgeon. He wanted to pursue a career and experience in as a landscaper and just over a year on he has come on leaps and bounds and will be found getting stuck in to any task asked of him. His desire for learning is still strong and some further internal and external training is lined up for the coming year.

Holly - Guard Dog!!

Holly – Guard Dog!!

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 8 years now and loves any affection that comes her way.

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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