Joe Proudley, Landscape Gardener building High Quality Decks
Established in 2008 Joe Proudley has built up an expert reputation for designing and constructing gardens in the West Midlands. Providing a range of services to cover all landscaping requirements including deck construction, pergolas, bespoke trellis & wall panels, we asked him a few questions and this is what he said.
What trade are you and where did you do your education.
I left school at 16 and studied graphic design for four years at a local college. I decided it wasn't for me and after working part time in construction between lectures, I got a employed by a well-known civil engineering company; I still maintained my passion for study and managed to finish my NVQs whilst working fulltime.
What made you choose the subjects that you studied.
I always had an eye for design and was creative at school hence I chose graphic design, I soon found out that working outside and in construction, this suited me more than being in an office; being a landscaper was the perfect job combining creativity with being outside and being “hands on”
What got you interested in decking?
Initially I specialised in paving and driveway's, as that’s I was best at. Due to the increasing popularity in decking and the amount of enquiry's I was getting for decking, I made it my mission to learn how to install it, this meant more study.
Had you worked for any other decking companies prior to setting up your own?
I’m lucky to have been involved in decking projects working with www.exteriordecking.co.uk
What is your company called, where is it based and what does it do?
West Midlands Landscapes, I don't think it needs any further explanation.
What is your favourite timber and why?
Exterpark Elondo, a lovely golden, close grained timber, FSC too.
What is the most complex decking project you have been involved with?
600 m2 public park project in Gibraltar, various headline addresses in central London.
Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years’ time?
I still class my company as a small one, it is constantly growing and learning. My ambitions are reasonably modest, I would prefer to be working alongside designers, architects whilst creating their designs. I love prestigious, high end projects and with a professional team of skilled and continually trained landscapers I would like to continue to produce this quality work.
Would you like to say anything else?
I do maintain my continuous professional development and I am currently engaged with my application to joining the APL.