Described by family, friends and colleagues as a down-to-earth, practical man, Michael decided he wanted to work outside from an early age. His decision was influenced by his love of the low lying sandy heathland – originally part of the great Dorset heathland commemorated in Thomas Hardy’s The Return of the Native – which was his natural playground.
After working in Dorset and neighbouring counties for several years and studying horticulture at Kingston Maurward, Dorchester, Michael relocated his practice to Cumbria in the early nineties. In his spare time, Michael is an enthusiastic mountain biker and has been a Trail Centre Leader – a benchmark qualification for anyone wishing to lead groups of mountain bikers. Cyclewise Academy is based at Whinlatter Forest.
- Memoir and Diaries.
- Memory and Forgetting.
- Place and Home.