David Bishop Garden Design
I am David Bishop and I have been interested in gardens and growing plants since early childhood.
On finishing school I went on to study horticulture at the University of Bath, graduating in 1988. There I specialised in amenity land management and the reclamation of industrial wasteland. I still draw on this experience when designing gardens for new-build houses with difficult ground conditions.
During the late 1980’s and 1990’s, I worked for the Groundwork Trust, firstly in St Helens and then in Salford/Trafford. I worked on varied projects aimed at helping communities improve their surroundings and bringing nature into the urban environment. During this time I was particularly involved in establishing wildflower meadows, hedgerows and new woodlands.
My business is launched
In 1998 I decided to work for myself and began designing and constructing my own projects mainly on domestic properties. Whilst using a variety of design styles including contemporary and minimalist gardens, I am most in my element when constructing naturalistic and relaxing spaces, using natural materials and classical informal planting. Although I do carry out hard landscaping, paving etc, my greatest expertise is with plants and in choosing the right plants for your soil and aspect.
In 2012, after living in inner city Salford for 18 years, we moved to Collins Green near Warrington to a house with around half an acre of garden. This certainly keeps me busy during my time off. In my own garden I have been able to try out designs and different plants which I can then replicate for other clients. This helps to see what works and what doesn’t. I also grow most of our own vegetables and fruit as well as keeping and breeding chickens. I am passionate about encouraging others to try this too and can assist clients in growing their own food and even provide assistance designing a chicken run for your garden!