Mark Horwood

Work History

Work History
Sep 2008 - Present

Gardener / Conservationist

Spye Farms Ltd

Assistant gardener and conservationist at Spye Park, a large privately owned country estate near Lacock in Wiltshire.  Duties are twofold - to assist the head gardener in maintaining a large organic kitchen garden and to improve the environmental and landscape value of approximately 90 acres of parkland by reintroducing a system of traditional grassland management.

This latter role is what particularly attracted me to take on this role as I have the opportunity to work with Pam Lewis, noted gardener and conservationist who designs and creates wildlife gardens.  She specializes in the making and management of wildflower meadows.  She has written a number of books including 'Making Wildflower Meadows' and her own garden at Sticky Wicket in Dorset has featured in many books and magazines.

Duties for both roles are varied but include seed collecting, planting and propogation, reintroducing native British species of flowers, grasses, herbs and shrubs and the control or eradication of non native or aggresive species of plants.

Jun 2007 - Sep 2008

Project Leader


BTCV is a unique international voluntary organisation providing the bridge between global environmental ideals and local reality in the UK and overseas.  As a Project Leader, I take groups of volunteers out on practical conservation projects and 'Green Gym' sessions.  Tasks are varied but have included dry stone walling, coppicing, footpath construction and hay meadow cutting.

To ensure that tasks are completed in the safest possible way, whilst adhering to best environmental  practice, I undertake site visits and complete risk assessments prior to any task day.  Maintaining good relations between BTCV, land owners and local autorities are also vital to ensure work is completed to everybody's satisfaction.

As with most jobs, office work is an important part of the role.  Office duties include answering enquiries, organising publicity and promotional material, and ensuring accurate records are kept.


Oct 2006 - Jun 2008

Higher Certificate in Science

This course was developed to increase knowledge of key aspects in wildlife biology, such as ecology and animal behaviour, and to add to this a specific knowledge of British flora and fauna.  Special empahsis was placed on developing field-craft skills, and on imparting the ability to acquire, review and communicate scientific information.

As part of this course a dissertation had to be completed for the final module.  I chose to complete a management plan for a local authority owned public common (attached as a portfolio item).  The dissertation was chosen primarily to show future employers my ability - especially as management plans are becoming an increasingly important tool in environmental planning.


A hard working, enthusiastic and committed individual looking for new challenges and the opportunity to develop a career in environmental conservation, countryside management or horticulture.

Key Skills 

  • Physicall fit with an enjoyment of working outdoors
  • Very adaptable with experience of working in a wide variety of environments and the ability to quickly learn new skills
  • Able to contribute effectively to a team or work independently
  • Ability to communicate effectively at all levels
  • Highly organised with the ability to prioritise tasks


Enthusiastic Bath Rugby & Somerset Cricket supporter

Keen walker



Certificate of Competence in Safe Use of All Terrain Vehicles

National Plant Operators Registration Scheme

Level 2 Award in Team Leading

Institute of Leadership & Management

NVQ 2 in Environmental Conservation

City & Guilds

Certificate of Competance in Safe Use of Pesticides (PA1 & PA6)


Certificate of Competance in Safe Use of Brushcutters