Richard is a part-time senior lecturer working across landscape design, professional practice and detailed hard landscape design. He is a chartered landscape architect with over 35 years in the profession.

Before teaching at Eden, Richard set up, and was course leader for, the award winning Landscape Design degree course at Falmouth University. He has been involved in landscape design education at degree and post-graduate level since 1998 and has had lecturing roles and Sheffield University and the University of Gloucestershire where is was course leader of the undergraduate landscape architecture programme.

His practice work focuses on both landscape and garden scale projects. He has designed commercial landscapes, ecological parks, housing projects, holiday parks, hotels, retail developments, strategic master planning projects and landscape and visual assessments which specialise in sensitive developments with designated landscapes. Garden design commissions have involved work with the National Trust, a new walled garden for Trebah Gardens, and numerous prestigious private gardens.

Richard’s advice and knowledge is sought nationally. He the longest serving member of the judging panel for the Society of Garden Designers annual design awards; a show garden judge for the Royal Horticultural Society at Chelsea, Hampton Court and Tatton Flower Shows; and a judge for the Landscape Institute annual awards.

He has presented two television series on garden design and has written and contributed to three books. He wrote the design section of the RHS Encyclopaedia of Garden Design and, in April 2019, published The Colour Companion also for the RHS. He is an occasional author for The Garden and Homes and Gardens magazines.