Matt Jackson MCIHort has been a professional gardener for over 20 years, spending much of his career with the Natioanl Trust. Having trained with the Trust at Antony House in Cornwall, he went on to work at Stourhead and then became a collection curator at the University of Oxford Botanic Garden. At 26 he became Head Gardener at Scotney Castle in Kent, initiating a major renovation of a tired garden of historic importance. He then moved on to Doddington Place, where he overhauled much of the garden, before moving on to the role of Gardens Manager at Sissinghurst Castle.
Since 2014 Matt has been designing and renovating private gardens, as well as serving corporate clients through his consultancy business
Black Sheep Consultants
Growing up on a farm on Bodmin Moor and then the Camel Estuary, both in North Cornwall, it's fair to say that outdoor spaces of great beauty have been a fundamental influence. By the age of 12 Matt had a small gardening round, which he gave up when he went to study at Falmouth Art College. A natural sculptor, Matt found that he could exercise this understanding of space, shape and form in gardens, and it is this intuitive ability that we see in his design.
Matt believes in working with nature, and has a biodynamic no-dig garden at Kelly Mill - his latest project.
He is a writer and journalist, including for the Telegraph and his own book on 'Lunar & Biodynamic Gardening' published by CICO. He is also a regular contributor on BBC Radio Kent Sunday Gardening.