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David’s business is blooming

David Smith, a far travelled gardener from Plean has been nominated for the Lantra Landbased and Aquaculture Learner of the Year. He is currently studying an HNC in landscape management at Oatridge College.

David, 29, created his own business, Smith Landscapes of Stirling, while he was studying. The hard worker was working long hours for as many as seven days a week while he still kept up with his studies.

The gardener is originally from Wales and is over the moon to have fulfilled his dream of becoming a horticulturalist. He has previously worked on vineyards and orange farms in Australia and gained experience as a tree surgeon in New Zealand. After he met his now wife Katrina in Bali, they set up home in Falkirk and David decided to build his horticultural business here.

“I’ve always had an interest in horticulture,” said David. “It started when I worked on my mother’s and grandmother’s gardens. It’s the difference you can make to a garden with a day’s work that appeals, as well as the fact that I’m constantly learning on the job. I love being outside.

“Building my business has been hard work, but I really believe that at the end of the day it will be worth it. It’s my ideal job really.”

David is now hoping to add garden design and construction to his current repertoire which includes maintenance work.

Oatridge’s head of horticulture and landscape construction, Ann Burns, said: “David has taken the tremendous step, leaving paid employment and launching his own small business. But he still attends college without fail, regardless of workload, and is an energetic and enthusiastic class member and a real role model for younger students.”

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