These are the people that make up Living Landscapes and a little information about them, including most importantly how they like their brews!

Andy Offord: Partner

(Black coffee, one sugar)

Andy graduated from the University of Bath with an Honours Degree in Horticulture in 1983, specialising in amenity horticulture. With a background in commercial horticulture, having grown up on a market garden, and with over 6 years spent in retail management working for Hurrans Garden Centres, Andy, with his wife Alison, set up Living Landscapes in 1989. Having started his own business, within 12 months he set about building his own house. Now, with over 25 years of practical landscaping experience as well, Andy can find a solution to most landscaping or gardening problems!

Alison Offord: Partner 

(White coffee, one sugar)

Alison, married to Andy for more than 30 years now, started her working life at Dowty's in Gloucester before moving to work for the Halifax Building Society. During the early years of the business, Alison spent a lot of her time working on the market garden side of the business, as well as looking after the administration. Working part time in the business now, she goes out on the gazebo and car port installations that Living Landscapes undertake for Jagram/ Live Outside.  

Chris King: Landscape Manager 

(White tea, no sugar)

Chris started his working life on a fruit farm before progressing to Hurrans Garden Centres. He was managing the shrub department at their Churchdown branch when Andy offered him a position at Living Landscapes in 1990. Armed with a good working knowledge of plants Chris went on to develop his construction skills working with Andy. After 18 years with Living Landscapes Chris took the decision to go out on his own. Due to changes in his personal life, Chris rejoined Living Landscapes in 2014 and is now responsible for day to day management of the teams. Chris has a fine eye for detail and always ensures that projects are finished to the highest standard.

Mike Howells: Skilled Landscaper

(White tea, no sugar)

Mike first joined Living Landscapes from a manufacturing environment.He started in 2006 but left after just over a year to return to his old employer.  The pull was too strong though and he rejoined us in 2011 to enjoy the delights of creating gardens once more. Mike is multi-skilled and capable in all the various aspects of garden construction. His work is always of the highest standard.  

Janis Veliks: Skilled Landscaper

(White coffee, no sugar)

Hailing originally from Latvia, Janis has lived in Hereford for over 10 years. He joined us in 2011 as a labourer, gaining experience and learning his landscaping skills on the job. Hard working and keen to keep busy, he enjoys building with natural stone and takes pride in all his work. You can rely on him to produce a quality finish whatever the project.

 James Elder: Skilled Landscaper

(White coffee, no sugar)

After graduating from the University of Reading with a degree in horticulture, James worked in a laboratory as a research and development scientist before turning to the outdoor life. Before he joined us in April 2015, he was working with another landscaping company starting as a landscape assistant and then site foreman. James has experience in all aspects of landscaping, but his main enjoyment is plants.

Ryan Morgan: Landscape Assistant

(White coffee, two sugars) 

Ryan joined us in 2013 as an apprentice. He attended Holme Lacy college to train in tree surgery, successfully completing the course. Ryan's main duties include labouring for the guys laying the bricks or slabs, but he will also lay a few himself when he gets the opportunity. 

Kieran Bignell: Landscape Assistant

(White tea, one sugar) 

Kieran first started with us in 2014. After 18 months he had an opportunity to try an alternative career path. Fortunately for us he prefers the outdoor life and after just over a year he returned to us with even more enthusiasm for hard work and attention to detail. In addition to his landscaping work, he has recently been accepted as a Retained Firefighter. Once he's fully trained we will also be able to put him to use on the end of a hose..... watering in! 

Phil Boswell: Gardener

(White coffee, no sugar)

Phil undertakes our routine garden maintenance rounds. He is usually the one mowing lawns and tending borders.  He joined us in August 2014, a complete career change for him as he was previously a prison nurse! Over his first full season working in our clients gardens Phil has gained quite a number of fans. More than he's likely to have outside of work- Phil is a football referee in his spare time!

 

Other members of the team you may meet if you visit The Watershed:

Chris Hale: Shop Manager

Chris started with us in 2007 and is responsible for running the retail side of our business: The Watershed Paving and Aquatic Centre and The Petshed. Chris worked in retail in Gloucester before joining us when our shop was in Staunton. He was part of the team that relocated The Watershed and Staunton Stone over to Hereford. He has an excellent knowledge of the products we stock and is happy to give advice if you do call in to see him.