Landscape Construction

South - 0800 7555265

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Mike Veness

Director Landscape Construction - South


Mike attained an HND in Landscape Contract Management at Merrist Wood and subsequently joined Gavin Jones Ltd in 1995.As the company has evolved and grown, his role has developed from Site Manager, Contracts Manager through to his current position as Construction Director.

Over the years Mike has contract managed three Grand Award winning schemes at, Tate Modern, Chiswick Park and a private residence in Ascot.He oversees his team and their broad spectrum of work undertaken for Private Estates, Main Contractors, Housing, Regeneration and Developer sectors.

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Neil Attride

Senior Contracts Manager


Neil has 30 years experience in the landscape industry. After working for various contractors he started his own business in 2000 and began working for Gavin Jones as a sub-contractor in 2001.
In 2009 Neil joined Gavin Jones full time, and has worked on some of our high profile projects most notably the Olympic Park and Athletes Village.

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John Crouch

Senior Contracts Manager


John has over 35 years’ experience within the Landscape industry, having worked at several companies as well as being self-employed for 10 years following a spell at Merrist Wood. He joined Gavin Jones in 1999 and has progressed to a senior contract managers role, offering his huge experience, particularly in large soft Landscape schemes.
He has a strong understanding of the commercial elements involved and understands the need to build a good rapport with clients. He enjoys the day to day challenges that the profession throws at him, using his expertsie to ensure all projects are completed to a high level.

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Phil Hall

Contracts Manager


Phil has been working in the landscape and building sector for 30 years. He initially joined Gavin Jones as a sub-contractor in 2008 , but soon took on a full time role as a foreman, before becoming a site and contracts manager. He is experienced in working on high profile sites, with some of his most notable projectsbeingn a Private Estate in Ascot, which was awarded a BALI Grand Award, The Olympic Park , The Athletes Village, and a Heritage lottery funded park renovation in Brighton which also won a National BALI award in 2015, as well as numerous multi million pound , high spec private developments in and around London.

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James Brooks

Contracts Manager


James has been in the Landscape industry for 24 years, initially working as a sub-contractor for various landscape contractors including Gavin Jones, before joining Gavin Jones permanantly as a Foreman in 2007.
James then progressed from foreman to site manager and is now a Contracts Manager. Someof his most notable projects include, a private estate in Ascot which won the 2013 BALI Grand Award, and two restoration projects, South Hill Parkin Bracknell and Walpole Park in Ealing.

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Matt Stevens

Senior Landscape Estimator


Matt leads construction sales across the South region, following 11 years of initial landscape experience working for a range of national landscape contractors.
Matt completed a degree in Landscape Management accredited by the Landscape Institute at The University of Reading achieving a 2:1, before continuing to gain a further 16 years experience within landscaping at Gavin Jones.
Matt went on to specialise in estimating within the construction division, becoming the departments senior estimator and has gained a wealth of knowledge working across a wide range of industry award winning domestic and commercial projects.

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Andrew Butcher

Landscape Estimator


Andrew studied and then taught Landscape Construction at Merrist Wood College. He has accrued an enviable track record, delivering Private and Commercial projects in the UK, Continental Europe, The Middle East, Africa & Australia. While working for Waterers here at Nursery Court in the 1990’s, he headed the Design & Build department, gaining numerous Chelsea Gold’s & BALI Awards.

With over 35 years in the industry, Andrew brings a wealth of experience to the Gavin Jones team.

NORTH - 01924 481200/206

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Stephen Taylor

Head of Landscape Construction - North


Stephen heads up Gavin Jones North, including our thriving Design and Build department.

He is a qualified landscape designer with 30 years’ commercial experience gained from a number of national contractors.

Stephen takes great pride in designing and delivering commercial landscapes from conception to fruition and enjoys the challenge of every unique location.


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Regional Manager


Ben is responsible for the running of Design and Build projects on client sites, including the procurement of materials and labour. He has extensive building experience, having previously run his own contracting business, with particular expertise in hard landscaping. Ben takes great pride in seeing each project develop through the stages, from design planning right through to a project completion.

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Darren Hardman

Regional Manager


Darren has over 40 years experience within the Landscape Industry, starting his career as an apprentice gardener, before progressing into management. He has covered all aspects of commercial landscaping and grounds maintenance services, including including project install and grounds maintenance services in the North East Region and Scotland.

Darren currently manage several high-profile static sites in the North East Region and has won Gold standard awards in Northumbria in Bloom best Business Park as well as BALI Awards.

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Jonathan Windle

Regional Manager


Jonathan has worked within the horticultural industry for over 20 years, and has gained experience in all sectors across the industry, from small independent retail outlets to larger national garden centre groups. Jonathan gained a degree in Landscape Design and Amenity Management at the University of Central Lancashire, before becoming a Contracts Manager for UPM Tilhill in 2007, and then moving to Gavin Jones Ltd in 2011, both award winning national landscaping and grounds maintenance contractors.

His roles involved working on significant heritage lottery backed park restoration schemes such as Langley Park, as well as maintaining sites of historical importance for English Heritage sites such as Rievaulx Abbey and Helmsley Castle in North Yorkshire.

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Ricky Whiteman

Head of Estimating - North Region

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Richard Hobson


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Andrew Shaw

Contracts Manager


Andrew started his career in the Arboriculture sector, before moving on to deliver maintenance programmes for the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority. Joining Grace Landscapes some 15 years ago, Andrew furthered his career and landscaping knowledge within the Commercial Landscaping industry. Andrew now works for Gavin Jones as a Contracts Manager bringing his years of experience and expertsie, successfully delivering a variety of landscaping projects throughout the North of England, which vary in size and complexity.

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Martin Gardner

Contracts Manager


Martin has over 28 years’ experience within the landscape industry and has covered all aspects of landscape maintenance from managing a variety of large construction projects throughout the North East of England and in Scotland.
He now manages some of the companies large maintenance projects throughout the North East and takes particular pride in building strong relationships with his clients and endeavours to consistently deliver projects on time and to a high standard.

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Richard Rhodes

Contracts Manager


Starting his horticultural career in 2008 with Grace landscapes, Richard initially started on the tools and worked his way up to a foreman position. After several years, he moved on to supervisor roles within the housing sector before becoming a contracts manager within the contruction division at Grace Landscapes in 2017. He now is responsible for delivering and overseeing a variety of soft landscaping projects across the north of England.

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