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.
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 elected as a Fellow in 2020. He was also 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.
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.
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.
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.
Head of Design
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 coordinates the design team on a variety of residential and commercial projects that deal with a range of spatial and technical 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 Studio
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. Anca Runs the studio on a day to day basis with Jonathan and is responsible for design culture. 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.
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: Wicklow mountains in Southern Ireland
Eamonn joined Bowles & Wyer in 2021 after a rich and varied career in Horticulture, with over 25 years of experience in the industry working in a variety of positions from elite level sport venues, advisor on construction of national Rugby pitch in Kazakhstan, large independent schools as a Grounds and Gardens Manager including a Humphry Repton garden. Along with Oliver, Eamonn is an essential cog in the Bowles and Wyer machine and covers the day-to-day running of the aftercare department, including meeting with clients, gardeners and suppliers as well as organising the work schedules.
Head of Estimating
Favourite Landscape: The English Lake District, especially the North Lakes
John joined us in 2022 from a large national landscape company where he ran a team of around 100 people. Prior to that he had bee a director and shareholder at a nationally recognised bespoke design and build contractor, on high end residential and including several Chelsea Flower Show gardens.
John has a BSC in Quantity Surveying and is part of the financial heart of Bowles & Wyer: he overseas not only estimating, but is also involved with budgets, valuations, final accounts and other commercial matters.
Favourite landscape: Gardens by the Bay, Singapore
Magdalena started with Bowles & Wyer in 2021 in a new role as purchasing assistant from her previous position as General Manager at an automotive supply business. She quickly made herself invaluable and now runs the procurement side of operations, working closely with John Grayson and the rest of the construction team.
Glyn first started at Bowles & Wyer as a site operative on the Hard Landscape team in 2008. As one of our longest standing contruction team members, over the years he has worked on many projects from Cap d'Antibes on the French RIviera to London roof gardens, as well as a few stints at the Chelsea Flower Show.
Glyn's role as Contracts Supervisor takes him across many of our sites, where his practical skills help solve many problems and make work flow more smoothly.
Favourite landscape: The jagged coastlines and flora of the South West
Meg joined Bowles & Wyer in 2019, after studying for a Post-Graduate Diploma in Landscape Architecture, qualifying with Distinction. Meg was initially working in the media industry, before she followed her passion for horticulture and carved out a new career, starting in nursery & estate maintenance roles. After studying for her RHS Level 2 certificate, she started her own maintenance and soft landscaping business in 2016, before pursuing a career in landscape design. Meg is an invaluable member of the design team and has worked on a variety of projects - from urban residential gardens to commercial roof terraces.
Chartered Landscape Architect
Favourite Landscape: Bodnant Gardens, Wales
After initially beginning her education in Interior Design, Fiona then graduated in Landscape Architecture from Birmingham City University in 2018 – where she won the Landscape Institute Midland Branch John Knight Award. Fiona joined the design team at Bowles & Wyer in 2021, bringing with her experience working in a landscape architecture department for a multidisciplinary consultant, as well as a high-end residential developer. Her design portfolio includes projects such as children’s care homes, residential developments, sports facilities and public realm schemes.
Consultant 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.
Office & Administration Manager
Favourite landscape: Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh
Mandy 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.
Assistant Landscape Architect
Favourite landscape: Paley Park, New York
Wing studied Fine Arts at Parsons, the New School for Design before graduating with a Masters in Landscape Architecture in 2018 from the City College of New York. Since then, she has gained experience in designing high-end residential villas and commercial hotels and resorts in both Europe and the United States. After working in landscape design in New York, she then worked within project management in Hong Kong, before joining the design team at Bowles & Wyer in 2022.
Assistant Landscape Architect
Favourite landscape: Drakensberg Mountains, South Africa
Havanya joined the design team in 2022 - all the way from South Africa! She started her route to landscape design a little differently and initially studied Environmental Geographical Science and Psychology at The University of Cape Town, before graduating with Honours in Landscape Architecture in 2020. Since then, she has gained experience in commercial and industrial projects and is now excited to be part of the Bowles & Wyer team.
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.”
“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 his team 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.”
“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
We’re proud of our reputation in the landscape industry and always thrilled when our efforts are awarded and recognised.