The Team

 

Alan Sargent

Alan has been involved in landscaping in Great Britain and Europe since 1968.

His experience in the Landscape Industry has been that of a developing career, starting in 1978 when he joined The British Association of Landscape Industries, becoming actively involved in the South Thames Regional Committee, as Secretary, Regional Chairman, National Council Member then elected as Chairman of PR & Marketing.

In 1983, he built the first of sixty one RHS Show Gardens (thirty seven at Chelsea, others at Tatton Park, Hampton Court and Gardeners World Live), including a record design and build three Chelsea gardens at the one show, at the same time (1997). He became a member of the RHS Shows Committee for Chelsea, as position he served in for a dozen years, then as Shows Assessor and Show Gardens Judge between 1997 and 2005.

In 1984, he was admitted as a Founder Member of The Institute of Horticulture (MIHort), and elected as a Fellow in 2011 (FIHort).

Since the late 1980s, Alan has been the public ‘face’ of Bradstone, carrying out all works on the catalogues, guides and videos/dvds, and many Chelsea gardens as design and build, together with all of the Bradstone Design Award gardens at that show.

In 1991, Alan was invited to join a group of people dedicated to the use of natural stone, which became The Traditional Paving Development Group, based at The University of The West of England (UWE) at Bristol. Alan’s role was to teach traditional laying and material handling skills to Local Authorities and others interested in Historic and Heritage sites, to ensure that natural materials were used wherever possible, both for aesthetics and longevity.

In 1995, Alan left BALI to found the Association of Professional Landscapers, and he remains an Honorary Life Member of that association.

In 2001, Alan became Head Gardener to Goodwood Estate, where he remained until taking early retirement in 2007. In 2001, (at the same time as working at Goodwood) he was instrumental in setting up The Moscow Academy of Landscape Architecture and Design (since then it has had a couple of name changes), and advising a group of Russian Landscape Design and Build companies on marketing strategy.

Since leaving Goodwood, Alan has returned to running a small landscape construction company, increasingly in the world of consultancy. He is a Member of The Professional Gardeners Guild and The Gardeners Guild (as mentor and consultant) and recently as an invited member of The Association of Senior Garden Advisers (a newly formed Association of retired Head and Senior Gardeners).

Alan also writes on Horticultural matters, mainly management, having written and published Garden Features Made Easy in 1997, The Head Gardeners Survival Manual in 2012, and The Landscapers Survival Manual in 2013. He was ‘The Pond Doctor’ for The Water Gardener magazine, and has written for several other magazines, mainly on ponds and aquatics, including construction techniques.

He also writes a regular column in The Horticulture Week, ‘Sargent’s Solutions’, and is a Full member of The Garden Media Guild.

James Steele-Sargent

James began his career in landscaping at an early age, helping Alan at the Chelsea Flower Show as a schoolboy, going on to college gaining an HND in Horticultural Marketing (Mold), then working as a landscaper with Alan’s company until 1995 when he formed Arun Landscapes.

Arun joined the Association of Professional Landscapers in 1997, and James joined the APL Committee soon afterwards, and is currently the longest serving member of that committee (including Past Chairman), actively working with cluster groups and any other APL business, especially reference training and marketing.

James is a member of the Institute of Horticulture (MIHort) and The Institute of Groundsmanship. He works closely with members of the Society of Garden Designers, regularly acting as Guest Speaker at their events (joint with the APL) and at Robin Templar Williams Garden Design School at various venues.

Working with Alan, he has helped on a number of BBC and other television series including Old Garden, New Gardener with Geoff Hamilton and Gay Search, and The Terrace with Mike Reid, plus a number of videos/dvds with Bradstone and Do It All Ltd, building sets and garden features.

Arun Landscapes became a Limited Company, and began to undertake more and more complex garden builds, including several million pound plus gardens, winning a number of awards, including Supreme Landscaper of the Year (2009) with the APL/Horticulture Week.

Arun have won many medals at the RHS Shows, with leading designers such as John Van Hage (Gold), McKelvey and Wise (various), David Domoney (various) and In House designs, including Gold, Silver Gilt and Silver.

They have won various other awards, including constructing the SGD Award winning garden at Lake House, Weybridge with Andrew Wilson, plus APL major awards including Robin Templar Williams, major scheme in Chiddingfold, Surrey.

James is passionate about training and enthusing new designers and landscape contractors to become successful businesses. He is currently mentoring two new members of the APL.


Mike Harvey

Mike is the garden designer of the Allandscaper’s Team, with more than ten years’ practical experience behind him

Mike is a Bachelor of Arts (BA Hons) and works for Arun Landscapes Ltd as In-House designer.

Hailing from Cornwall, Mike’s interest in gardening was instilled by his parents, both keen amateurs, and thus began a career in design.

Mike has worked for Arun for seven years, undertaking many complex schemes, designing with a plantsman’s eye, tempered with a practical skills base of construction techniques and specification, producing detailed drawings for clients.

Preferring to work with natural materials, Mike’s favoured projects combine practicality with beauty, in his words ‘they should be both exciting and relaxing, and should fill the senses and suit both the client and the site’.

He currently has two RHS medal winning gardens under his belt, including Gold at Hampton Court (2007).

He has also won an APL Award in the Design and Build category.

Mike will endeavour to answer any practical queries from All-Landscaper callers both to the Forum and in the Hints and Tips section.

 

Luke Sargent

Luke is the youngest member of the Allandscaper’s Team, and is responsible for the website management.

He is also a Bachelor of Arts (BA Hons) in Creative Writing and History, his ‘chosen subject’ being Historical Gardens. He is a member of The Institute of Horticulture (MIHort) and a Full Member of The Professional Gardeners Guild.

Luke’s career began in IT, working for a company specialising in developing new business opportunities for companies such as Daewoo and Honda Europe, building their press websites. He became tired of staring at screens and joined the Gardens team at Goodwood Estate in 2002, where he still works.

Just as James became interested in gardening, Luke also helped out at Chelsea, from a very young age (when the RHS allowed youngsters to be on site!) and developed a passion for plants and garden construction – especially traditional techniques and the ‘history’ of plants.