Jim has extensive experience in working with schools, both for growit and as the RHS Regional Schools Advisor for London for a number of years.
He has varied and comprehensive horticultural experience, including training at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Chelsea Physic Garden, the Morris Arboretum in Philadelphia and also whilst gaining the ‘Top Trainee Prize’, while studying for the residential two year RHS Wisley diploma.
Jim is committed to the belief that horticulture can truly improve people’s lives, and that engaging children to learn outdoors is of prime importance. He has trained large numbers of school staff and volunteers, worked with schools’ senior leadership teams to implement and develop sustainable growing projects and has gained immense satisfaction in teaching children of all ages and backgrounds (recently including working on specialist projects for Open Futures, such as training and engagement at Primary Pupil Referral Units).
Jim passed his BSc, with First Class Honours, at Sparsholt College in 2015 and completed his dissertation on the benefits of integrating landscape design and training to meet statutory curriculum learning. He has three children, including twin toddlers (and says that his hardest work to date has been during periods as a ‘stay at home dad’!).