MEET THE TEAM
Establishing the family run business in 1968 as agricultural & forestry contractors, Dave Clark has been working within the landscape sector for 48 years. In 1976 Dave’s design flare & passion for horticulture and construction gave rise to the expansion of the firm to a full in house landscape design & build company. Dave has been a tree surgeon, architect, landscape architect, hard & soft landscape expert, ecologist, mechanic, carpenter, welder, fencer and accountant. Today, through the day to day running of the business and projects of all calibres with his across the board knowledge and passion with every department in the firm.
The Essex depot is the home of the business including the technical staff and construction teams. Work shops and skilled employees enable landscape elements to be manufactured and distributed to working projects. The landscape teams form 2no landscape construction teams, 1no maintenance team, 2no fencing teams, 2no managers, 1no carpenter, 1no specialist welder, 1no mechanic & 1no heavy machinery & tractor operator.
Essex Depot Manager
Paul joined the company in 1992 after studying for a business and finance diploma and found that the scope of works gave a real sense of achievement. Landscape installation can totally transform an area which can be beneficial on many levels, from private gardens to public areas. This feeling of doing something creative as a career lead Paul to Study amenity horticulture and then hard landscaping at Writtle college to gain further knowledge of the trade.
Over the last 20 years Paul has progressed through the company having worked on, supervised, and managed a host of varied projects including golf courses, high end private gardens, housing schemes, hospitals, schools industrial schemes, wildlife projects and smaller garden make overs. Although Paul’s position in the company as Contracts Director now means he is far more office based than those early years he can still often be found out on site either overseeing projects, or meeting clients.
“The real enjoyment hits home when I drive past an old project which has flourished providing benefit to others, and I say to myself we did that.”
During 2015 Paul completed the two week NEBOSH general health and safety course and is now taking a more involved roll in this side of the organisation.
The landscape team is comprised of 5no landscape construction teams, 1no maintenance team, 2no HGV Drivers, 1no manager & 2no assistant managers. Closely linked to the Essex depot, skilled employees can be utilised and bespoke landscape elements constructed and delivered for London based projects.
London Depot Project Manager
Adrian has been a valued member of the Barking depot team for four years and took the position of Assistant Manager in 2015. Adrian has a Bachelor of Science Degree in horticulture as well as operative certificated as listed below. Adrian was formally a farm manager and crop grower before turning his hand to landscape construction. He is passionate about landscape and construction and enjoys the daily challenges that occur when building on site. CPCS (Trained Operative + H&S), Construction Site Supervisors Safety Certificate (The Site Supervisor’s Safety Training Scheme for the Construction and Civil Engineering Industry), Excavator 360 (below 10 tonnes (tracked) + above 10 tonnes – (tracked), Telehandler & CAT Scanner.
London Depot Project Manager
Working for the Essex depot Mitch started with the company over thirteen years ago and has progressed from a general landscaper to a foreman and now assistant manager for the London Depot. Mitch is SSSTS Qualified has an NVQ2: 360 excavator (all sizes), Telehandler forklift (all sizes) and Forward tipping dumper. Mitch has a strong passion for landscape, planting, hard construction and quality of workmanship. Mitch works on a range of projects types and scales enjoying hitting deadlines, completing challenging tasks and keeping a happy work force and associated site staff.
Jacob is an intermediate level climber with plenty of enthusiasm to be the best he can. He holds his CS 30, 31, 38, 39, Chipper and MEWP Trained and his SSSTS Card (Site Supervisors’ Safety Training Scheme). He also is in charge of all our paper work for the tree team.
Ian is a groundsman of great experience and knowledge. With the back ground of a fencer he is your perfect groundsman. He is able to overcome and solve any problem on the ground that occurs. He holds his CS 30, 31, 32 and chipper ticket. Also has his CSCS card.
George is our apprentice, he is attending Capel Manor College in Enfield on an Aerial Arboriculture (level 2) course. He has already obtained his CS30 and is looking to obtain his CS 32 very soon. Also has his CSCS card
Principal Landscape Architect
Laeti has been a designer for DF Clark for 10years becoming principle Landscape Architect in 2012. Graduating from Writtle College with a MALA Laeti has a strong passion for design, landscape and people. Along with problem solving Laeti has vested Interests in spatial, cognitive, emotive, ecological and aesthetic design as well as a keen interest in construction and engineering. Working with commercial, private, education and health sectors Laeti has a wide range of experience in designing private garden & show house gardens, public realm & public open space including podium roof gardens, play areas, care & dementia homes & conservation, enhancement & habitat creation projects. Laeti has also been involved with the writing of the Althorne Village design Statement endorsed by Maldon District Council and has a keen interest in Landscape Visual Impact Assessments (LVIA’s).
Maria Joined the Design Team in May 2015 as a Landscape Architect responsible for a series of projects mainly residential and educational.
Graduating the Master’s degree from Heriot-Watt University with a MLA Maria has three years of experience working on Public Realm Projects in Greece, responsible for the development of landscape architecture from conception to delivery, completing masterplans, planting arrangements and construction details, working in conjunction with the Architects and the Horticultural team as well as liaising with clients, attending meetings and producing presentations for municipalities and contractors.
She has worked for 7 years as a Freelancer in conjunction with several Development companies and Architectural offices in Greece, producing designs and constructing projects for a range of projects including residential housing developments, private gardens and green roofs.