The Landscape, gardens and health network


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Colin Porter, Founder of Landscape, Gardens and Health Network Colin trained at Kew in the early 1980’s and has worked as a gardener, in one form or another, ever since. In 1989 he started work at RHS Rosemoor, first as foreman and then head gardener. After gaining a post graduate diploma in Landscape Design from Plymouth University he left Rosemoor to set up his own landscape design and build business in North Devon and has since then designed and built gardens large and small, mainly in the West Country. In early 2008 he started work at North Devon Hospice to develop their 6 acre garden and in 2009 was awarded Professional Gardener of the Year for his work with them. He has researched the Design of Hospice Gardens at Plymouth University, and completed his M.Res. (Landscape ) in 2012. With Angie Butterfield, he co-founded the Landscape Gardens and Health Network in 2013, which provides a forum for people interested in the value of contact with nature, whether this is research, projects, workshops or just practical ideas. This project had its first successful national conference last year at Penny Brohn in Bristol. Colin is currently studying Fine Art at Petroc College, Barnstaple and had his first exhibition this year at the Plough Arts Centre, Torrington. Landscape, gardens and health network  website