Nicholas Macartney

Nicholas the Owner of Alexander John and has been in the gardening industry since leaving College. Nicholas meets all new customers and creates the garden designs, planting schemes and look after the admin side of the business. Nicholas does get involved with the actual planting and overall maintenance.

Favourite Places:

Exbury Gardens Hampshire for its collection of ericaceous plants and  Batsford Arboretum Gloucestershire for its collection of Japanese Maples and Handkerchief Trees.

Nicholas Macartney’s Garden:
Welcome to my garden, here in Banbury, Oxfordshire. The garden is South facing and I designed it myself over a period of 6 years, whilst doing other peoples gardens. The garden is on 3 distinctive levels with 2 feature lawns, large patio area, raised vegetable beds, greenhouse, pond, large sweeping borders and collection of trees to provide privacy at the rear. I garden on the principle that every plant has to earn its place in the garden. Space is a premium so as with all gardens, one needs to experiment which plants will perform best and give the most value of seasonal colour. I garden organically where possible and always look to implement further changes through the seasons. Please feel free to contact us with any questions, or a free no obligation quote.

Neal Carter

Neal looks after the Lawn Treatment side of the business and has been in the Green keeping industry for the past 30 years and over the last 3 years has looked after the domestic lawn care market. He is also able to advise on Low level tree pruning and Ponds / Water Feature Maintenance. We are in the process of building a Lawncare website which can be found here www.banburylawncare.co.uk and you can leave your details and we will be in touch.

Favourite Places:
National Trust Properties particuarly Chartwell in Kent and Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire.  Neal`s other passion is golf and has great admiration for Gleneagles Golf course in Scotland

Mark Wilson

Mark is responsible for all our hard landscaping works at Alexander John. Nicholas liases with Mark on the Garden design projects from paving, fencing, patios, walling and other hardscape surfaces. Mark is self employed with his own company and has over 25 years experience in domestic hard landscaping with an enviable reputation in the local community.

Mark has been our preferred landscaper since we established. He and his team are hard working and reliable and attention to detail is paramount in Marks eyes. We have worked together on a good number of projects to date and have a great working relationship.

 Stuart Bull

Stuart joined us part time in Spring 2015 to fulfill his appetite for the gardening bug. He now looks after a number of our garden maintenance customers in the north oxfordshire villages to include Cropredy, Great Bourton, Chacombe and Culworth. Stuart is based in Brackley and also looks after many commercial customers within the town too. He can be reached via www.brackleygardeners.co.uk. He visits them on a weekly basis and offers a regular service to include Mowing, edging and general garden tidying works.

 Miles Dixon

Miles has been involved with the business from an early outset. From August 2017 he will be adding further new garden maintenance customers  primarily for grass cutting, edging and general tidying. Covering mainly the North Oxfordshire villages. All grass cutting and small garden maintenance enquiries can be reached through www.banburylawncutting.co.uk

James Berry

James is our new gardener joining us initially on a part time basis from July 2017. A keen gardener with an avid interest in Allotment gardening and growing his own produce. James will be working along side Nicholas with a selection of garden maintenance customers and also undertaking the planting of the new gardens in the garden design side of the business. James will also be taught by Nicholas on plant nomenclature (Latin plant names and the care and upkeep) aswell as standard gardening practices.

Anna Biondollilo

Anna joins the team on a part time basis from March 2018 to help us with some of our longer term garden maintenance customers. Anna grew up on a raspberry farm in Washington state, USA, coming from a gardening background where her father grew all the vegetables and her mother tended to the flower beds. Without knowing it she was learning to become a gardener since the age of 5. Anna moved to the UK in 2015 and has worked as a head gardener at Wardington Manor full time. Currently divides her time between gardens in Wardington, Priors Hardwick, Upper Boddington, Coventry and Eydon. Anna also has a passion for cut flowers and is the process of opening her own small flower farm to sell a wide variety of blooms to homes and businesses locally in Spring 2018.

Naomi Jones

We are pleased to welcome Naomi to join us at Alexander John. Naomi will be writing all our garden related blogs for us on our blog page of the website. Naomi is a horticulturist, garden writer and author of GardenNomey blog. After studying Horticulture at Writtle College in Essex, she went on to work as a gardener at Trinity College in Cambridge before pursuing a career in garden media. Naomi has since become a member of the Garden Media Guild and has worked on titles including BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine, Which Gardening Magazine and produced content and blogs for numerous garden-based websites. She’s now created her own business doing garden writing and garden maintenance, which she describes as a ‘perfect mix’!

Kevin Mason

Kevin helps out with the gardens from time to time aswell as running his own gardneing business within the banbury locality. Recently moved out of the retail sector and now joins us for general gardening work and carrying out garden maintenance work.

James Fox

James has recently joined us to assist with garden maintenance and works alongside Nicholas. James is new to gardening and horticulture but has a passion for the outdoors and growing in general. A collector of historical artifacts and an insane knowledge of local Banbury history,  It’s a pleasure to have him on board despite being only 17 !!!. James also works with Neal Carter at Banbury Lawncare when required during the scarification season too.

Hannah Martin

Hannah Martin is a gardener and garden designer and although not based in Banbury with the team, she will be assisting Nicholas remotely on working on new garden designs and creating the planting plans. Hannah trained in Horticulture and Design at Bicton College and has a great interest in the use of colour to make planting schemes to work cohesively together.