Before starting his award-winning practice in Hampton Wick in 1990, Cleve West studied with John Brookes at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew. His work includes contemporary urban spaces to large country estates primarily, and he has has designed several gardens for the Chelsea Flower Show, six of which have won RHS Gold Medals. He is the only designer to have won Best in Show two years in succession (2011 for the Telegraph & 2012 for Brewin Dolphin). He writes for newspapers and magazines and his first book,’Our Plot’, celebrates a decade nurturing an allotment in nearby Bushy Park.
Kim Wilkie had an intense introduction to landscape. He grew up in the Malaysian jungle and the Iraqi desert before being sent to school in southern England. Having studied history at Oxford and environmental design at the University of California, Berkeley, he set up his landscape studio in London in 1989. He is fascinated by the link between land and culture and between memory and imagination. He continues to teach sporadically at Berkeley, writes optimistically about land and place and is involved in various national committees on landscape and environmental policy in the UK.
Martin Wood is a noted interior designer and writer on interior decoration. Previous books include Nancy Lancaster: English Country House Style (Frances Lincoln, 2005), John Fowler: Prince of Decorators (Frances Lincoln, 2007) and Sister Parish: American Style (Frances Lincoln, 2011) and On the Fringe, with Imogen Taylor (Pimpernel Press, 2016). Martin Wood lives in Yorkshire.