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The Designer

A bit of background

Matt Nichol

Matt Nichol gained a BSc.(Hons) from The University of Birmingham in 1997 and later returned to Pershore Horticultural College to study Garden Design in 2001. He began his full time design career with Notcutts Landscapes in 2002. It was there he was given the opportunity to work alongside and learn from some of the best designers working in the UK. He quickly built on his training and gained invaluable experience working in a ‘Design and Build’ company. Matt also enjoyed building annual show gardens with the team at the Chelsea Flower Show.

Matt began a joint Garden Design and Build company in 2006 employing a large team of landscapers which would later become Matt Nichol Garden Design in 2011 upon his relocation to Cheshire. Matt now focuses purely on designing gardens but he still relies on his extensive experience of the construction process when working on his schemes.

  • In March 2020 Matt was selected to sit on the Judging Panel for the 2021 BALI Landscape Awards.
  • Winner of the BALI (British Association of Landscape Industries ) National Landscape Award for Design Excellence 2018
  • Since 2016 Matt has sat on the Adjudication Panel for the Society of Garden Designers (SGD)
  • Northern Design Awards, Garden Designer of the Year 2012
  • Planting Consultant at Chelsea 2008 for the Courtyard Garden; ‘Where the Wild Things Are’. Awarded Silver Gilt.
  • Awarded Full Membership of the Society of Garden Designers in 2004
  • Appeared on BBC1 programme ‘Inside Out’ 2004.
  • Member of show team at Chelsea Flower Show 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and Gardeners World Live 2004.