Co-owner and head gardener at Dorset’s Sculpture by the Lakes , Monique has been gardening in various capacities since leaving London and the world of PR back in 1992.Her horticultural career has led her from building gardens at Chelsea Flower Show, to a very brief stint as a garden designer, and finally working at the world-renowned Architectural Plants nursery in Sussex.She now concentrates her energies on her own garden at Sculpture by the Lakes as well as caring for seven dogs and her husband, in that order
Claire Pullinger is a Buddhist photographer turned Head Kitchen Garden at Sculpture by the Lakes. From film sets and advertising campaigns in London and New York to travel photography in the Himalayas, Tibet and India, Claire’s life has been as colourful and varied as her portfolio. After meeting her teacher Mingyur Rinpoche in a monastery in Northern India in 2000 (now widely recognised as a Tibetan master and best-selling author) she was set even more firmly on her lifelong path of Buddhist learning and meditation. Together with Simon Gudgeon and his wife Mo, Claire is instrumental in creating spaces such as the Kitchen Garden and brings her beliefs, influence and contacts to our Wellbeing Festival.
Richard has a passion for helping as many people as possible experience the health and wellbeing benefits of gardens and is a Trustee of Thrive – a charity that helps people living with disability or ill-health through what is known as ‘Social Therapeutic Horticulture’.
Having spent his early career in corporate HR roles, Richard retrained in 2017 with the London College of Garden Design and set up his own garden design practice. During his training he won an award for the design of an ‘ecotherapy’ garden – a garden designed for its healing and therapeutic potential.
He is now based near Oxford and works throughout the UK creating gardens that combine contemporary design with a sensitivity to place and to the uniqueness of his clients.
Hannah is a trained horticulturist, garden designer, and founder of Project Nurture - a charitable organisation dedicated to utilising the power of the natural environment for the good of society, whether through design, research, specialist consultancy, teaching, or provision of therapeutic natural environments for society.
‘Plants teach that there is a purpose for each and every one of us, since we can all give the world a gift of life, and food, and oxygen by planting a plant. A plant can carry on a legacy that long ago, under normal circumstances of time passing and minds wandering would have been forgotten at our peril’