Bowles & Wyer

From private sanctuaries to the busiest public places and highest profile show gardens – we’re the team behind some of the UK’s most looked forward to landscapes.

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John Wyer

Chief Executive

Favourite landscape: Villa Bomarzo, Italy

John has more than 35 years’ professional experience and is a widely published and respected designer, lecturing on his work both in the UK and abroad. He has designed hundreds of landscape, many of which have won awards, ranging from private gardens to large-scale development projects. Graduating with a Landscape Architecture Degree from Manchester Metropolitan University in 1983, John became a Member of the Landscape Institute in 1990 and was recognised as a Fellow of the Society of Garden Designers in 2011, having served on its Council from 2004-2010. John cofounded the company in 1993 and continues to take a lead role in design, client liaison and the planning process. He writes a widely-read monthly blog that explores his insights into the design process, ponders on the roles of landscape and maintenance, and relates his adventures with cycling and swimming ponds.

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Managing Director

Favourite landscape: St Pancras Old Church

Dan joined our landscape construction arm in 2006. With a background in hard and soft landscape construction, Dan has been involved in a long line of medal-winning Chelsea gardens and award-winning commercial landscapes. Dan’s client portfolio includes private clients, government bodies and commercial organisations, and his broad expertise includes landscape restoration, town & country gardens and commercial projects.

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Operations Director

Favourite landscape: Mount Edgcumbe, Cornwall

Matthew graduated from Merrist Wood in 1990 and gained national recognition before joining our group’s construction arm in 2006. He has over 20 years’ industry experience working on private and commercial construction projects in the UK and abroad. Matthew’s core expertise lies in competitive pricing and management of sizeable landscape maintenance portfolios for blue chip companies, high profile local authorities and private estates.



Senior Landscape Architect

Favourite landscape: A woodland, anywhere

Vicky graduated with an Honours Degree and Postgraduate Diploma in Landscape Architecture with Distinction from Manchester Metropolitan University in 1984, and became a member of the Landscape Institute in 1986. She had a successful career in landscape private practice before joining Bowles and Wyer at its inception. Vicky’s particular expertise is in larger projects, urban design and strategic landscape planning, but she is equally at home designing courtyards and roof gardens. She has the skills to deliver a scheme that satisfies a client’s commercial brief without losing sight of inspired design solutions.

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Landscape Architect

Favourite landscape: Temple of Heaven Park, Beijing

Jonathan studied landscape architecture at Manchester Metropolitan University and worked in large and small design led practices gaining experience of educational and urban design projects before joining us in 2015. Jonathan is responsible for the design, technical co-ordination of a variety of projects that deal with a range of spatial and technically complexities. He gained his Chartership status in May 2018 and combines his theoretical knowledge with the ability to create innovative, site-specific design solutions for our clients.



Head of Horticulture & Aftercare

Favourite landscape: Tresco Abbey Garden, Isles of Scilly

Jeff has been our Head of Horticulture & Aftercare for more than a decade. Having started his horticultural career at the renowned Capel Manor College in North London studying Horticulture and Countryside Management, he went on to study the Kew Diploma in Horticulture at R. B.G Kew, graduating in 1993 with Honours and winning the ‘Best overall performance’ award. A landscape, plant and aftercare expert, Jeff joined us in 1996 and is now responsible for over 70 projects ranging from small roof terraces to large country gardens, public squares and large commercial green spaces.




Favourite landscape: Anywhere near water

Sam graduated from Writtle College in 2008 with a degree in Horticulture and spent the following years gaining valuable experience in hands on maintenance and landscaping in both the UK and Italy. After returning to the UK and running a small landscaping firm, Sam joined us in 2016 as an Estimator.

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Director of Finance, HR & Administration

Favourite landscape: Chatsworth House Gardens, Derbyshire

With 20 years’ experience as a qualified ACCA accountant, and several years working for Blue Chip companies and SMEs, Katie brings a wealth of strategic financial knowledge and Human Resources expertise to Bowles & Wyer. Her previous roles include Finance Director at Hunters and Finance Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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Head of Design & Build

Favourite landscape: Les Jardins Suspendus de Marqueyssac

Jason has over 30 years’ experience in the garden design industry including time spent as chief executive and chair of the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) and on the council of the Society of Garden Designers (SGD). He has been on the judging panel of a number of national award schemes, including currently serving as a judge on the BALI Awards, and has won numerous awards himself including Gold and Silver-Gilt medals at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Jason’s knowledge and expertise in design-led project management and his talent for building and maintaining client relationships a key to the success of our full service delivery.



Contracts Manager

Favourite Landscape: Blenheim Palace

Neil joined the team in 2015 and is passionate about construction. He has over 20 years of industry experience, for the most part specialising in high-end, premium construction projects. Skilled in planning and managing projects, he uses his first-hand knowledge and knowhow to lead specialist landscape construction teams for clients across our business.

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Office & Administration Manager

Favourite landscape: Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh

Mandy Jones is the hub of Bowles & Wyer. She joined us in 2006 - running our office and administration and making sure our business runs smoothly and efficiently. If you have any problems, Mandy is your first point of call.



Design Director

Favourite landscape: Cliveden

James graduated with a first class Honours Degree and a Postgraduate Diploma in Landscape Architecture from the University of Gloucestershire in 2005 and joined us the same year, gaining Chartered Landscape Architect status in 2011. James’ work takes in gardens, roof gardens and larger projects, including responsibility for the design of the company's BALI Grand Award-winning scheme in December 2010 (a private garden in Surrey >>). James specialises in running jobs in a multi-disciplinary environment and always balances the big picture whilst having a keen an eye for detail.



Special Projects Director

Favourite landscape: His own garden

Stuart graduated with a Degree in Garden Design from Writtle College in 1999 and joined us a year later. His specialist area is planting design and he has exceptionally good links within the nursery industry. Stuart is responsible for most of our soft landscape schemes and takes a design from initial client liaison and planting concept to detailed design and sourcing, supervising the finished scheme on site. He has an extremely good reputation in the industry and is part of the horticultural heart of Bowles & Wyer.



Contracts Manager

Favourite landscape: Snowdonia National Park

Dene Graduated in 2004 and developed a passion for Landscape Construction whilst studying. He founded his own design and build company and worked with a number of Landscape industry leaders before joining our team in 2016. Dene works closely with our site teams ensuring projects run smoothly. He has managed our BALI Award winning Victoria Roof Garden, as well as helping to secure a Gold Medal with our 2017 Chelsea Flower Show Build.


Anca Panait

Landscape Architect

Favourite Landscape: Igualada Cemetery, Barcelona

Joining the team in 2018, Anca is a talented chartered landscape architect with a background in architectural design and urban planning. She has worked alongside multi-disciplinary teams across a range of master-planning projects and detailed design, and in 2017 was selected as one of ProLandscaper’s 30 under 30 winners. Passionate about creating meaningful places that tell a story, she has strong experience of creating innovative and exciting show gardens, most notably at RHS Hampton Court, Chaumont-Sur-Loire in France, and RHS Tatton 2017 as a Young Designer Finalist. Graduating in Romania with a Degree in Landscape Design and Planning, Anca then moved to Edinburgh to study for a Masters in Landscape Architecture. She brings a sense of artistry to her designs at Bowles & Wyer, combining creative thinking, graphic flair, and technical detail on every project.

But don’t just take our word for it – we asked some of our clients to tell you what to look forward to when you work with Bowles & Wyer.

  • “Bowles & Wyer have a can-do, vibrant and holistic approach to landscape design and planting, which is both inspirational and a pleasure to work with.”

    Amanda James Director of Development for Caudwell Collection

  • “From the moment we first engaged with Bowles & Wyer, we have been met with nothing but creativity, straight-forward, clear communication and efficiency. John listened to our ideas, then managed to nail the design in our first meeting.”

    Private Client

  • “Having worked with Dan Riddleston and the team at Bowles & Wyer creating my two gold medal-winning gardens at RHS Chelsea Flower Show, I cannot speak highly enough of them. Their depth of experience and resources makes such a difference to the morale of staff and the confidence of a designer.“

    Darren Hawkes Designer

  • “All through the design and build process, we have found Bowles & Wyer to be responsive, helpful and exceptionally committed to quality.”

    Private Client Hertfordshire

  • “I have worked with Bowles & Wyer consistently since 1996 and in my professional capacity as a Project Manager, they have become my ‘go to’ Landscaping specialists.“

    Robert Martell Robert Martell & Partners

  • “John and James understood from the very start that we needed to create something magical, but also wild enough to maintain a feeling of natural beauty. Their design, overall sensitivity and carefulness has been one of the reasons the planning committee have allowed our dream to become a reality.”

    Private Client

  • “Bowles & Wyer has a great synergy with what we do with our revival buildings. A truly bespoke design to complement our development.”

    Orlando Rodriguez Design Director, Northacre


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