ABOUT US

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.

Nicholas Macartney’s Garden:
Welcome to his garden, here in Banbury, Oxfordshire. The garden is South facing designed himself 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. Nick works on the garden 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 seasonal colour. Nick garden’s organically where possible and always loosk to implement further changes through the seasons. Nicholas and his wife Michelle also lookafter 3 allotments locally so time spent there growing produce for the house and flowers for decoration takes further demands on his time.

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
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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.

 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

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.

Paul Price

Paul joins the team on a part time basis primarily to help out on gardens between his other self employed work. Ex services Paul comes with a professional manor and demeanor about him and we look forward to working with him on more of the regular gardens. Paul, will be covering Brackley and surrounding villages but also attending projects around Banbury 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.

Daniel Boot-Handford

Daniel has been working with us on and off for a good 2 years now and based in Brackley. a larger than life character, supremely charismatic ,and in excess of 6ft and great Can Do attitude.  Dan looks after a number of our larger garden clients but also manages a number of the smaller gardens in the environs of Brackley and the surrounding villages. Dan will also undertake many of the end of tenancy tidy ups for the local letting agents in readiness for the new tenancies. Dan also works alongside Martyn Turbane another member of our team.

Martyn Turbayne

Martin joined us in 2019 as an ex-head groundsman for leading public school. Martyns knowledge of grounds care and maintenance is of an impeccable standard. Apart from ground maintenance, Martyn will also be undertaking some of our garden landscaping projects in the future alongside Daniel in the Brackley, Northampton & Milton Keynes locations. Martyn also possesses good plant knowledge and will be an invaluable member for the team on helping with reading the garden planting plans.

David Parker

David will be assisting us on our ad hoc garden inquiries. A gardener himself with his own dedicated client base. David often takes further inquires from Neal Carter who too generates further garden maintenance wishes from his client base

Oliver Newcombe

We are pleased to welcome Oliver to the team this year who has just completed his National Diploma in Garden Design & Plant History after a good 5 years of study. A remarkable observational character that blows us away on his knowledge of gardening practices through the ages. Oliver will be mixing his time with us learning more about the plant side of the business and their care. Oliver’s passion is growing and he will be looking one day at starting his own nursery with a specialist interest in plants that will tolerate dry and mild winters and creating off the shelf planting schemes with green credentials.

Josh Ward

Josh will be helping us out on smaller projects in 2019 -2020  and getting items ready for the garden design & builds. Works to include trellis painting, mulching and seasonal jobs around the gardens when required.