My son, Thomas Rider joined the company, in July 2014, as a junior partner, and has become a great asset to the company.
He works mainly in the garden maintenance department, and has gained experience in pruning, weeding, sowing seeds and growing on seedlings, planting, lawn edging and mowing, taking cuttings, hedge trimming, removing and burning plants effected by box blight, planting bulbs, digging, composting, moving shrubs, caring for garden wildlife, soil PH testing, and general tidying.
He also helps on the design side of the company, particularly with carrying out garden surveys, and does some general office and accounts work.
We have also been taking the time for some more theoretical study of horticulture based on my RHS qualification, so he has gained an understanding of the theory behind his practical work in the gardens.
Since working in the gardens, Thomas has enjoyed being close to nature, which he has always loved, and he has developed a particular passion for garden birds. He also hopes to take qualifications in horticulture himself one day.