Our skilled team
We employ a highly qualified landscaping team, posessing a wide range of skills. This ensures that our policy of practical build is constantly fulfilled.
We are also very proud of our record of developing young people within our community. These people go on to contribute to the rural economy and generate income within the land based industries. Our record of success makes us feel that the investment we make in time and training to these young candidates ultimately proves worthwhile. A number of our past apprentices have gone on to win national awards and equally have gone on to establish themselves as supervisors, business owners in their own right and high level landscape architects. All our apprentices hope to secure a full time position with Frogheath on completion of their courses. Although this is never guaranteed, because we are so careful about our selection of candidates, it is a real possibility and has proved to be the case with a number of our current landscaping team.
Steve is a Director and the Senior Landscape Consultant. He is the driving creative force behind the company’s success.
Prior to setting up the Frogheath Landscapes with his wife Alison in the early 1990’s, Steve worked and studied at Rochford’s Nursery and Landscaping. He also trained and worked in Germany and America. He qualified at Hadlow and Sparsholt Horticultural Colleges with distinctions from both.
Steve is an excellent propagator and has an extensive, rounded plant knowledge.
His contribution towards three gold medals at RHS Chelsea Flower Show and RHS Hampton Court Flower Show has been invaluable and he has guided four first time designers to achieve gold medal status.
Jake is a fantastic Supervisor and had plenty of experience within the industry before joining us in 2013. Winning the APL Young Achiever award is a testament to his abilities. He has developed enormously over the last few years and shows great leadership with his team. He is an invaluable member of staff.
Alison, also a qualified horticulturist, is originally from Dundee and studied there gaining an SCH (Dist) then at Auchincruive NDH (Merit). She then spent a year at Blooms of Bressingham and four years at Sussex Country Gardens, Kingston. She went on to lecture in horticulture at Hadlow College before busying herself with four children. Alison is no longer ‘hands on’ with the business but is still a director and dips in and out where necessary. She also teaches horticulture to adults with learning difficulties at Oakdown House, which she really enjoys.
We are delighted that Edward is now a trainee supervisor.
Ed is a reliable hard-working guy who’s “can-do” attitude makes him an asset to any team he is in. Ed studied Computer Games Programming at Uni and is a skilled programmer. After working at Bedgebury Pinetum, he realised he wanted to work outdoors and pursue a career in landscaping.
Graham is a really good, solid Supervisor and his many years of experience in the industry shines through. He joined us in the spring of 2015 and has quickly become a valued member of the team. He works quietly and calmly and is a great role model for the younger members of the team. To date, we haven’t found anything that Graham can’t do!
Sarah has been with us since June 2010 when she started as bookkeeper. Her experience and knowledge of our business has been invaluable in our financial planning and management. She is now our Finance Manager and helps us see the bigger picture. Sarah also has a keen interest in horses.
Adam is originally from Poland and his family are long-time friends of Steve and Alison.
He started working for us in 2007 and has become an invaluable member of the team. He works incredibly hard and is a solid, reliable landscaper. His strengths are in ground preparation, planting, fencing and sleeper work. Adam is currently working towards becoming a supervisor.
After a long career in event management, Jan brings a wealth of experience to the office team. She assists in the day to day running of the business for three days a week.
Piotr is another excellent, solid landscaper who is originally from Poland but has settled into life in East Sussex with his wife. He’s been with us since 2013 and is dependable and hard working. Every company needs more Piotrs!
Like his brother Adam, Charles has worked for us since 2007 and is also a key member of staff. He is very good at providing drainage solutions and is an expert excavator. He works with a wide range of machines, sculpting muddy messes into landscaped masterworks. Charles has a tremendous work ethic.
Each year we take a few carefully selected students from French colleges (we are overwhelmed with requests being APL members).
They are highly qualified and experienced and add a certain frisson to our year! Whilst here they must complete project work and offer it as part of their major final year presentation.