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The Streetscape Team


We achieve the standards we do by working as a team. Read the profiles of our team members below – mugshots included! If you are interested in hiring a Streetscape apprentice either for work experience or employment, call 0203 542 3464, or email info@streetscape.org.uk. You can also find more information here.

 
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Themi Neza – Streetscape Apprentice

Hi, I’m Themi and I am 26 years old. I’ve been at Streetscape around 10 months now. I joined because I really wanted to be in Horticulture and I love being outdoors. I find it to be therapeutic and it is my passion, which I would love to pursue as a career! Before Streetscape, I was a chef for a couple of years – I do love cooking but as an actual job, it wasn’t for me and I really wanted to work outside. Since joining, Streetscape has really helped me immensely with my personal confidence – to know that I can go out and actually have the skills to do a horticultural job means a lot to me. Even simple things like speaking to strangers, asking for directions, I find myself to be more confident in now. I’ve definitely become more sociable and made new friends. Since I’ve been here, my career ambitions have changed slightly too – I would love to have a career in horticulture but it has also become apparant that I would love to help other people too, especially those going through any sort of mental health disabilities, e.g. depression. I would love to work with them to spark whatever their passions are. I know through this, that marrying my two career goals together is now possible. This is what Streetscape has helped me to realise and others ; it is something I have got a new found desire to achieve. 

Kigh Lions – Streetscape Apprentice

My name is Kigh Lions and I am 18 years old. I joined Streetscape in March 2017 and had originally been referred by one of the current apprentices – Luke. Luke was telling me about how much he enjoys his apprenticeship and really recommended it as the next step in my own career because he knew how much I enjoy working outdoors. In the past, I’ve done various jobs here and there but never felt like I got anything out of it, for example, I’ve never achieved any awards or certificates but with Streetscape, I know I will come out of it with a Level 2. I’ll have something to show my family and friends, and I can be proud. After Streetscape, I plan to start my own business and I know this apprenticeship will help me get there.

Jesse Simpson – Streetscape Apprentice

Hi my name is Jesse Simpson. I joined Streetscape because my ultimate career goal is to build my own gardening business. Before Streetscape, I had done a few small gardening projects but I knew that if I want to achieve my dream, I needed to learn new skills – especially the hard landscaping side of things, e.g. decking. I want to add my landscaping skills to my gardening business so I can become an all-round landscaper. I came across Streetscape and since being here, I really enjoy it. I get to learn new skills whilst working all in one place; and I have a real passion for horticulture so I just feel like I’m in my element here! The team are also great and they all really care.  I really respect what they do for people. It’s not just that Streetscape give you skills, they actually help us better our lives and there’s nothing more commendable than that. 

Jack Bennett – Streetscape Apprentice

My name is Jack Bennett and I joined Streetscape in February 2016. Before Streetscape, I already had a Level 1 qualification in Garden and Park Maintenance and I saw that Streetscape offer a Level 2 in Horticulture and Landscaping so this really appealed to me because I knew that if I could develop my Hard Landscape skills, this would change my game in the gardening world. Since I’ve joined, I’ve worked on some amazing projects, for example Hampton Court and the Chelsea Flower Show. The apprenticeship has really helped me personally too – I feel that I can now communicate with others better, including colleagues, clients and general public. After my apprenticeship, I would like to join the team as either a Team Leader, or move elsewhere to go into a Garden Design and Architecture role. The best thing about this field is that you can move into so many different fields. The team and other apprentices here are great – they are really nice and welcoming and I would recommend the apprenticeship to other young people interested in a career in Landscaping or Horticulture.

Ylyn – Streetscape Apprentice

Hello my name is Ylyn and I heard about Streetscape through my local job centre. They advertise a lot of desk jobs so this one stood out for me as I love working outdoors. Since I was young, my mum and dad were always out gardening so I helped out on the flower beds a lot. It’s always been an interest of mine and I really like want to develop my skills in Soft Landscaping. This apprenticeship will really help me to get myself into a routine, and allow me to work outdoors. 

Theore – Streetscape Apprentice

Hello, I am Theore. I joined Streetscape in March 2017. I wanted this apprenticeship because what it offered resonated well with my past experience and passions. Growing up, I was always in the family garden, and I did a lot of volunteering on farms in my gap year as a way of exploring England. I applied also because I love working outdoors and what’s better than getting paid to do what you love! I also know being able to obtain the Level 2 qualification, alongside all else that Streetscape offer, will be really helpful for my future.

Rossana Porta – Maintenance Team Leader & Trainer

My name is Rossana Porta and I’ve been at Streetscape for almost two years now. I look after the Soft Landscape Team and am a trainer for the apprentices. My background has always been in Horticulture, including Soft Landscaping and Project Management for private and commercial sites – from Chelsea Flower Show, billionaire estates to small residential gardens. I trained myself at Kew Gardens as a Garden Designer. I am passionate about working with young people and love being able to teach them what I know. 

Matthew Fiddes – Hard Landscape Team Leader & Trainer

My name is Matt, I am Streetscape’s Hard Landscape Team Leader & Trainer, and I joined Streetscape at the start of February 2017. Before Streetscape, I was employed at a landscape design firm in Australia as a Project Manager. I, myself, started as an apprentice there and became the first apprentice that my company took on as a permanent staff member after my 6 year course. Therefore, I joined Streetscape because I wanted to work with young people wanting to join the landscaping industry. I personally know how amazing apprenticeships can be for people and what real difference they can make. I also know I can do this all whilst being able to develop my own career. I enjoy being able to pass on the skills I’ve learnt to young people so that they can prosper. 

Adam George – Team Leader & Trainer

Hello, my name is Adam George and I am one of the Team Leaders & Trainers here at Streetscape. I’ve been here for just over a year now. It has been a challenging role but I can honestly say, the best job I’ve ever had. I love being outdoors, working with nature and working with young people. I am truly inspired by working with individuals who have had challenging pasts, and this only spurs me further to want to be the best mentor I can be for them. What I love about Streetscape the most is that everybody is unique in their own way – this goes for both staff and apprentices. Also, the environment that is provided here means that everybody feels safe and comfortable which enables them to learn and develop. Again, this goes for both staff and apprentices! In my future at Streetscape, I look forward to getting involved with more Hampton Court and Chelsea Flower Show garden builds. Streetscape is growing so it’s a very exciting time for us!

Peter Duignan, Senior Hard Landscape Team Leader and Trainer

Hi, I’m Peter. I joined Streetscape as Hard Landscape Team Leader and Trainer in June 2014. I have been involved in the landscape gardening/horticulture industry full­-time since 2001. Having worked in the industry in Ireland, in my early 20’s, I returned to study horticulture as a mature student at the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin in 2005. Majoring in Landscape and Garden Management, I was awarded a ‘Pass with Distinction’ on completion of my degree in 2008. Since then I have spent time running my own business in Ireland as well as spending time working abroad in the USA and Australia.

At this stage in my career I feel I have reached a level of experience and expertise that has allowed me to take on this training role and excel at the job. I’m passionate about landscape gardening and have found it to be a very fulfilling and rewarding career. My aim at Streetscape is to help apprentices achieve their goals by sharing with them the knowledge and experience I’ve gained over the years.


 
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We couldn’t do what we do without the support and guidance of our trustees.

They are:

Joanna Hand – The Chair of trustees.
Stephen Fishbourne – our very own big-hitting City lawyer.
Judy Oliver – the best when it comes to managing people.
Nigel Watts – the silver fox who keeps us firmly on our toes.
Angus Cunningham – Managing Director of Scotscape.

Nor would we be here without the valuable work and dedication of many others who have volunteered their time and expertise to make Streetscape a success. Read on about volunteering and our partners.

“Really appreciated the communication from all the team throughout the project regarding the design and sourcing of plants, it added to the enjoyment of having a garden makeover.”

Nita, Residential client