• Meet The Team

  • Meet our team of passionate plants people, comprised of senior managers, tree surgeons, designers, soft-landscapers and horticultural specialists. Our friendly staff are dedicated to creating and maintaining beautiful gardens.

  • Jamie Butterworth

    Managing Director

    Throughout his career Jamie dreamed of running his own soft-landscaping company, with the sole purpose of bringing beautiful gardens, quality plants and superior service to the industry. In the autumn of 2018 this vision became reality and Butterworth Horticulture was born. His ethos of passion and horticultural expertise forms the mainstay of the business.

    As Managing Director Jamie wears several hats, which extend outside of the day-to-day runnings of the business. As well as heading up Butterworth Horticulture, Jamie is one of eight ambassadors for the worlds largest gardening charity, the RHS. He is also the gardening expert for BBC Radio London, as well as a contributor to Talk Radio and BBC Radio Berkshire. An author too, Jamie’s debut publication ’50 Plants You Can’t Kill’ hit top of the gardening category on Amazon.

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  • Alan Williams

    General Manager

    After studying art and design at Worcester College of Technology, Alan had the opportunity to showcase his creativity as a florist before landing a job at an interiors and design firm.

    Seeking new ventures and a change of scene, Alan decided to try his hand at a landscaping company, enjoying the opportunities to work creatively outdoors. While working for Keyscape Design and Construction, Alan co-designed The Perfumers Garden at RHS Malvern Spring Show, which received a RHS Gold Medal and an award for Best in Show.

    As general manager Alan is a vital member of the team, helping to oversee the variety of exciting projects.
    “My position at Butterworth Horticulture has given me a new challenge, helping to create a company that has a passion, determination and drive”.

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  • Claire Gilley

    Office Manager

    Assisting with all matters business and administration at Butterworth Horticulture, Claire helps to keep the company’s busy schedules moving smoothly. With valuable horticultural experience working at a well-known plant nursery, we even have staff at an office management level with an enthusiasm for plants!

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  • Gabriella Pill


    After graduating from university with a degree in English Literature, Gaby took a summer job at North Hill Nurseries and soon became enamoured by all things horticulture.

    Whilst working at the nursery, Gaby studied at KLC School of Design, achieving a diploma in Garden Design and receiving the London Stone Award for Construction. Within six months of graduating, she went on to design her debut show garden at RHS Malvern Spring Festival, winning a Silver Gilt medal.

    From finishing college Gaby leapt at the opportunity to become a Garden Designer at Butterworth Horticulture.

    “Working amongst like-minded garden-lovers at Butterworth Horticulture has enhanced my enthusiasm for plants. I enjoy creating considerate, unique, creative planting schemes.”

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  • Sam Wakeford

    Soft Landscaper

    In 2007 Sam finished his studies in Arboriculture at Merrist Wood College, and for 14 years since he has worked in the horticulture industry.

    His career has seen him from a head of gardens in Kent, to a foreman on the other side of the planet at Assured tree services in Perth, Australia.

    Sam has always had a passion for plants and an interest in helping to maintain beautiful gardens, doing his part in caring for the environment.

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  • Dario Pizzi


    Studying for five years at an Agricultural college with a year spent specialising in Horticulture, Dario worked in Switzerland as a plantsman and was soon promoted to manager of Horticulture. In 2016 he travelled to Australia and New Zealand, where during his travels he worked in various roles, such as senior horticulturist, horticulture manager and garden designer. Dario returned home to Italy to study a masters in Landscape Design.

    Dario brings expertise, passion and dedication to Butterworth Horticulture, heading up the team of Horticulturists in London and throughout the home counties.

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  • Jon Bray

    Tree Surgeon

    Jon studied Horticulture, and later Arboriculture and forestry at  Bicton College of Agriculture. As a NPTC qualified professional arborist, he worked in the urban and rural forestry environment across London and the South of England, leading small teams to carry out both commercial and domestic works.

    Jon’s resumé includes working on a private estate in Surrey carrying out horticultural duties and woodland management, as well as supervising a vineyard in Topsham, Devon.

    More recently, Jon studied a business diploma and became a programme manager for a range of Government environmental policies.

    Alongside working in central Government, Jon works at Butterworth Horticulture in order to continue working with the environment on a practical level, while creating new gardens and working with plants, enjoying the physical and technical demands of being a practicing arborist.

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  • Hector


    Whether he’s motivating the team, riding shotgun in a van, snoozing under the shade of a tree, helping you with your lunch, or keeping your seat warm; you’re bound to see Hector roaming around somewhere by Jamie’s side.

    A more solitary work ethic to the rest of the team, Hector prefers the easy life sitting on the side lines rather than getting his paws dirty.

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  • Truffles


    Having recently migrated from Romania, Truffles is the latest canine addition to Butterworth Horticulture. You are likely to find her either snoozing on a comfy chair, or keeping Hector in check.

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