Business Person of the Year 2015

Business Person of the Year 2015Below are the words spoken about my business at the 2015 Cirencester Chamber of Commerce Business Awards.

For this award the judges were looking for an individual who has made a significant impact on the business they work in, either as a leader or an employee. Someone who is inspirational, both within their business or industry and in the local business community. In addition, they wanted to see evidence of the highest levels of business acumen, outstanding personal qualities, a wealth of achievements and respect from their peers. There were a number of strong entries for this Award, and the judges decided to recognize two runners up.

The winner has built a highly successful and respected business, and is admired by clients and peers alike for his professional approach and flair. In a very competitive field the winner stands out due to the way he demonstrates a clear and consistent understanding of his clients’ aspirations.

The winner in this category is Geoffrey Carr
Contact: Geoffrey Carr.

Geoff is a garden designer and gardener with a reputation for design and horticultural excellence.

His key strengths are attention to detail, a real enthusiasm for designing outdoor space and the desire to achieve the very best for his clients.

Download my entry.

So far this year…

Every year I undertake some training in subjects that I reckon will inspire me with new ideas that I can use in my garden design business. So far this year I’ve been on a hedge laying course which equipped me to tackle a challenging river bank restoration project on the Thames in Ewen.

Now I’m just starting a planting design training course which aims to teach me more about herbaceous perennials, plants which live for many years but which die back in the autumn, to re-emerge in spring. This course is about understanding the ecology of plants, how they fit into their natural environment, their cultivation and what that means for their design performance.

The course tutor is Dr Noel Kingsbury and already I’ve learnt to understand more about perennials by the way he has encouraged real, hard observation of plants at ground level, and even below ground too. So far we’ve looked at the fundamentals of plant life: perennial lifecycles, longevity and reproduction. I’m really enjoying it and am looking forward to my next assignment which is Designing Gardens Using Perennials.

The photograph shows one of my herbaceous perennial planting plans at its best during late spring early summer.

Herbaceous Perennial Planting

Coppicing and Hedge Laying Training Course

I really enjoyed the recent coppicing and hedge laying training course that was organised by the Cotswold Tree Warden Group.

As well as learning about the history of countryside skills I also learnt so much of interest about environmental management and the benefits of traditional techniques for wildlife compared to the mechanised, industrial approach. The hedge shown in these pictures was laid using what’s known as the Midlands style. Our tutor had the most charming mix of a Gloucestershire/Midlands accent too!

Click on an image to enlarge:

Business Award

I am now officially an “Ambassador”!  Last Friday evening, I received the ‘Cotswold Life Cirencester Ambassador’ award and was thrilled to be the winner.  This award, along with several others such as ‘Best Innovation’ and ‘Best Publicity Campaign’, was announced at the Chamber of Commerce awards ceremony held at the Royal Agricultural College in Cirencester.

Readers of Cotswold Life magazine wrote in and voted for the person they believed to be the best ambassador for Cirencester.  I was really pleased and proud that people cared enough to write in and vote for me.  Thank you to everyone who voted.

The main reason for me getting the most votes is my involvment with Corinium Radio – the local community radio station that broadcasts twice a year, has its own website with downloadable podcasts and is run soley by volunteers.