Brian will always be known as the founder of The Professional Gardener's Guild. It was his idea and his drive and determination which led to the formation of The Guild in 1977 when he was the Head Gardener at Castle Howard.
He began his working life as a "garden lad" under Head Gardener, Bert Link at Chatsworth House. Brian attended evening classes before returning to full time education at Oaklands College in Hertfordshire studying horticulture to NCH Level and then City and Guilds levels 1 and 2. He then became the Head Gardener at the Nottinghamshire College of Agriculture before becoming Head Gardener at Castle Howard. Here he was responsible for developing the fabulous Old Fashioned Rose Garden and for establishing the Plant Centre well known for the quality and range of plants available. Brian was responsible for steering The PGG from it's conception through it's formative years until it became firmly established as the major body for the professional gardener.
After his extremely successful stewardship of the gardens and grounds at Castle Howard, Brian then took on the gardens at Sledmere House and more recently is acting as a consultant for a thriving garden centre. He remains involved with The North of England Horticultural Society, Yorkshire in Bloom, the HTA and the NCCPG. He also became elected a Fellow of the Institute of Horticulture.
As well as his vast general horticultural knowledge, Brian has specialised in glasshouse plant production and plant sales, notably setting up the Castle Howard Plant Centre.