Michael knew he wanted to work outdoors from an early age. His decision was influenced by his love of the low-lying sandy heathland – originally part of the 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 many years and having studied horticulture at Kingston Maurward, Dorchester, Michael relocated his practice to Cumbria in the early 1990s.
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.
After university in London and Manchester, Cumbrian-born Sol has joined Outerspace as the newest member of the landscaping team.
Sol enjoys travelling, music and is a Manchester United supporter.
Debbie is an enthusiastic advocate of organic gardening. She began organic gardening with her grandfather in the 1970s. Later, while she chose a different career in the Creative Industries, she spent her free time gardening, studying and working with Michael in Dorset.
She is an experienced garden designer and horticulturist. She writes about the landscape and tutors creative non-fiction, especially nature writing. Today, Debbie takes on a limited number of garden designs each year. Each design is hand-drawn, typically to a 1:50 scale, on an old-fashioned drawing board.