Based in Oxford, I trained as a scientific photographer. I worked for 16 years as a freelance wildlife cameraman working mainly for the BBC Natural History Unit in Bristol. I specialised in macro and time lapse filming.
Qualified as a PADI Divemaster I also filmed underwater.
I was awarded an Emmy for my camerawork on Sir David Attenborough’s ‘Private Life of Plants’.
Kodak Vision Award
BAFTA nominated for BBC Lion Battlefields
Emmy nominated for Discovery Channel Footprints in the Forest
Emmy nominated for BBC Predators. Nowhere to Hide
For the past six years I’ve been working on an interactive plant selector CD-ROM aimed to help people find and select the right plants for their garden so that can design a colourful garden using the right plants to suit their garden conditions. This allows me to photograph plants and develop ideas as well as produce a useful plant resource for garden enthusiasts whatever their level of experience.
I pay freelance Authors ‘with mud under their fingernails’ to write about and describe plants in layman’s terms. The programming is done in Flash and designed for simple use. All you do is move the mouse and click – the computer does the searching.
I’m trying to encourage youngsters as well as people with learning difficulties to take up gardening. Gardening is a creative and rewarding hobby or profession. What I hope the CD-ROM provides is a quick and easy to use plant information resource.
My ambition is to add more plants and data to create the authoritative plant resource.
In addition to the PC & MAC compatible CD-ROMs we have made the information and images streamable. This saves on carbon and production costs.
Our latest product is software that will fit in to a palm computer so that people can use the 3,500 plant 9,000 photographs plant database on the move.
With climate changes we’ve updated the plant collection to include plants and advice to cope with drought conditions.
Being keen on wildlife I’ve included hundreds of plants to attract wildlife to our gardens. I don’t endorse the use of chemicals, I prefer to recommend natural pest control such as nematode worms, hedgehogs, frog and toads, ladybirds, hoverfly larva, lacewing larva.