Bitten by the gardening bug, David left teaching in 1978 to join the horticultural profession, training for City and Guilds qualification whilst working for Wakefield Parks. He was chosen from over 60 applicants to become the Head Gardener at Beningbrough Hall near York, where he upheld the fine tradition of presenting a garden to the public with National Trust standards. It was here, as Senior Regional Gardener, that David learned the requirements of an authentic Ha! Ha! He then progressed to two private gardens in North Yorkshire, one restoring a neglected Victorian Kitchen Garden and Pleasure Grounds and one developing a Georgian landscape with a modern twist. Here he refined his skills in fruit training and topiary. David recently retired from one of the country's most celebrated small gardens, York Gate in Leeds, owned by Perennial, the Horticulturist Charity.
David is currently on the Council of the North of England Horticultural Society, has been a PGG member since 1980, is a Fellow of the Institute of Horticulture, and for 17 years has been Hon.Sec. of the Northern Branch.