I am a qualified garden designer having gained a Diploma in Garden Design (awarded distinction) from the Cotswold Gardening School. As well as designing gardens I have also spent the last few years working as a gardener fulfilling my dream of working outside and helping people who otherwise, for many reasons, cannot do the work themselves.

Earlier in my career, I read Biochemistry at the University of London, which taught me, amongst many other things to think scientifically and to works things out from first principles.

I believe that a dash of logic, along with a big helping of creativity and plenty of hands-on gardening experience is a great combination when it comes to designing gardens.

I am based in the Cambridgeshire area but with wheels and the help of a certain talking map I am happy to travel further afield. 

Photo of Heather McDougall at the Beth Chatto Gardens

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I've had an allotment for the last 12 years and love to not only grow fruit and vegetables but also wild flowers to attract pollinating insects. I encourage friends and family, especially those with children to pop in and get hands-on with growing lovely fresh organic produce. And they don't go away empty handed!

Early in 2017, Storm Doris finally forced an issue with my very rickety old shed by removing its roof. I decided the best way forward was to build a new shed from scratch, all finished off with a topping out party and a lick of paint, including a pink feature wall inside.  

Garden structures - shed topping out party
Garden structures - contempary shed

'Some of the best things are made in sheds' - Ian Price, gold medal winner, Chelsea Flower Show 2017