My goal was to build up all the skills possible to be able to manage any garden, unleashing my creative side while completely focusing on the plants and the soft landscaping side of things. This I can say I’ve done, but always still learning and hungry for a new plant variety to appear. I feel it’s important to live within nature. There’s enough hard landscaping around.

We’re proud to say that we’ve removed harsh, environmentally damaging chemicals from our range of treatments. All products are organic, and meet high standards for sustainability.

In our climate we must adapt to the ever changing world. We may have to change materials, resources, plants and methods of gardening here in the UK.

But there is a lot to be grateful for and to look forward to. In the UK we are lucky to be able to grow a lot of different varieties hardy enough to withstand our unstable and uncertain winters. Now it’s time to bring in the new age of plants, the ones that will adapt to our journey as humans grow to respect the environment.

Peter Newnham

Owner, Wild Beast Gardening

In 2006, I joined a gardening firm for the first time. Shortly after I took a RHS course at Plumpton College.

It wasn’t until I started understanding more about nature that I became more and more passionate about plants and the bigger picture of creating a garden. The firm taught me the importance of maintenance and how to manage all different types and sizes of garden.

In November 2016 I took over the business.

Our focus is on methods for working with sustainability, the good of the environment, and bringing wildlife back into outdoor spaces. We do this through maintenance, working with and having a good knowledge of plants. Planting schemes, soft landscaping, small tree work and small scale building, such as compost bins, trellis, fencing and sleeper beds. Any small scale hard landscaping, sometimes including the woodwork of above, we have two guys outside the business. We have built up our relationship over time and they are highly skilled. This works well for us as we can focus on what we do.

I have taken the business in a direction which focusses on plants and the environment. This is my passion, being able to unleash my creative side to mix and blend amazing plants. I feel it’s important to have a long term plan to bring a natural spark into your garden. It doesn’t have to be done all at once, bit by bit if necessary. I thrive on changing a garden and maintaining it to make sure it continues to look good all year round.

I feel it’s important for people everywhere, if they are fortunate enough, to have a natural space that uplifts their mood, raising levels of happiness and well-being. A space is even better if you can mould it to the feel you want. Being in these environments has always served me well. We can all benefit from a living natural space to relax and reflect.