30 under 30 – The Next Generation

ProLandscaper (a well-established magazine in the landscape industry) have recently identified a lack of promotion of the profession in the landscape industry, they feel that as a result fewer people are taking up an exciting and rewarding career in the landscape industry.

‘However there are a large group of people working in the sector, who at under the age of 30 have already achieved much and also those to keep an eye open for in the future. This inspired us to create ’30 under 30’: The Next Generation, an initiative to celebrate and recognise those who are climbing rapidly up the landscape ladder.’ – ProLandscaper Magazine, November 2015

Gavin Jones nominated three of its staff for the award; Jaimie Cook (Head Gardener) Richard Forrow (Tree Care Supervisor) and Andy Mighall (Contracts Supervisor) and we are incredibly proud to announce that all three were selected to receive the award.

Jaimie Cook – Head Gardener Aged 30

Jamie CookAs head gardener with Gavin Jones at Chiswick House and Gardens in West London, Jaimie Cook provides the link between management and staff whilst ensuring contract specifications are met. Jaimie started with Gavin Jones five years ago as a temporary operative and hasn’t looked back. With the help of Gavin Jones, Jaimie has gained an NTPC level 2 in safe use of pesticides, an institute of Groundsmanship Foundation A qualification and received a Silver Environmental Award. She has also completed the first stage of our own Gavin Jones diploma in horticulture. Jaimie believes that to develop a career out of something you love is rare and says she appreciates her situation every single day.


Richard Farrow – Tree Care Supervisor Aged 24

Richard ForrowRichard attended Merrist Wood College where he achieved a BTEC Level 3 in forestry and arboriculture before joining Gavin Jones five and a half years ago. As a tree care supervisor he is responsible for the day-to-day organisation of the three full-time arboriculture teams as well as multiple subcontractors. Richards role with the Gavin Jones management team is an important one and the company has every confidence in him to control virtually all aspects of the day-to-day running of this side of the business. In the future, Richard hopes to take his knowledge abroad and help countries with less advanced arboricultural industries.


Andy Mighall – Contracts supervisor Aged 25

Andy MighallContracts supervisor Andy Mighall has been at Gavin Jones for the past five years, having joined the company as a landscape operative. Since starting the company he has completed his NVQ level 1 and 2 in horticulture as well as the Gavin Jones Diploma in horticulture. Andy also holds many NPTC tickets.

Currently Andy oversees 10 small contracts and oversees a team of employees. Andy strives to continue his learning and to grow his role within the company, creating new ideas to improve the landscape around him.


Gavin Jones actively encourage personal development and work to support each individual achieve their career goals.

“Prolandscapers idea to create this award and acknowledge new up and coming stars in the landscape industry has boosted our staffs morale no end. We are so proud of our employees, each one of them works effortlessly to improve the landscapes around them” – Nicola Prior, Gavin Jones HR Manager