Dave Dunbar has been in the horticultural industry since 1984, beginning his training as an apprentice for the royal parks of London. There his experience and training in basic horticultural techniques were "grounded" with the accomplishment of a 3 year "City and Guilds" qualification and a Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Certificate.
By Royal Appointment
An extensive amount of Dave's experience was gained on high profile maintenance sites including Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens and Her Majesty's very own Buckingham Palace. This set a precedence in working to high standards of maintenance involving fine lawns, summer and winter bedding displays, planting and border renovations and aftercare not to mention the tiresome art of hand weeding!
Dave began his hard landscaping as an assistant while working for Highgate Landscapes, a company in North London. It wasn't long before he had learnd the skills of building patios, walls, water features, etc., and was promoted to site foreman overseeing his own team of assistants thanks to the support and hands on training from his foreman. Many of the projects comprised total garden makeovers taken from plans drawn up by the company's designer.
To achieve this goal of running his own gardening business Dave attended a three year course at Writtle College where he attained a National Diploma in Amenity Horticulture. This covered garden design and all other aspects from knowledge of plants to turfing and lawn care, pesticides, soil analysis, paving and walling, and much more...