Tom Massey

I graduated from the London College of Garden Design in July 2015 with distinction and the ’External Judge’s Prize’: an award given by RHS Gold Medal winning designer Jo Thompson who praised my work for its scope, ambition and individual style.

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141 Sheen Road

Richmond

Surrey

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United Kingdom

Biography

I have always had a love of the great outdoors, with my childhood spent exploring Richmond Park, Kew Gardens and rural Cornwall. At sixteen, after six enjoyable months working with a landscaper, the seed of garden design as a future profession was sown in the back of my mind.

A fascination with film and a passion for drawing persuaded me to train as an animator. I graduated from the Arts University Bournemouth in 2009 with a BA Honours degree in Animation Production.

In 2014, after adventures in animation, event production and the renovation, design and subsequent management of a creative co-working space and cafe, I decided to fulfil my long-term ambition and retrain as garden designer. I graduated from the London College of Garden Design in July 2015 with distinction and the ’External Judge’s Prize’: an award given by RHS Gold Medal winning designer Jo Thompson who praised my work for its scope, ambition and individual style.

Since graduating, Pro Landscaper magazine have named me as one of their ’30 Under 30’: thirty people under thirty years of age who show outstanding potential to succeed in the Landscape Industry. In January 2016 I won both the residential and commercial category of the ’Society of Garden Designers – Student Awards’. In July 2016 I was awarded an RHS Gold Medal and the ’Best In Show’ for the UNHCR ’Border Control’ Garden, a conceptual show garden at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show.

I run my own practice ‘Tom Massey – Landscape & Garden Design’ from a base in Richmond Upon Thames.

Projects

Walthamstow Garden

A residential front and back garden in the London suburb of Walthamstow.

The back garden slopes away from the house so a retaining wall had to be incorporated into the design to create a level dining terrace. The terrace is furnished with a bespoke steel hairpin leg table and built in western red cedar bench.

Schellevis anthracite paving gives the garden a modern and industrial feel. Slatted timber boundary screens provide privacy whilst allowing light into the space.

At the back of the garden a western red cedar deck floats out over lush planting, creating an outdoor lounge area, sheltered by the canopy of a mature apple tree.

UNHCR 'Border Control' Garden

The UNHCR ‘Border Control’ Garden is a conceptual show garden that appeared at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show in July 2016.

The garden received an RHS Gold Medal and the coveted ‘Best Conceptual Garden’ award.

Designed in collaboration with John Ward, built by Landform Consultants and sponsored by the charity UNHCR (The UN Refugee Agency) the garden highlighted the refugee crisis with symbolic use of British native and non-native planting.

Garden Description:

A beautiful, fertile and tranquil island of lush planting sits across a moat bordered by razor wire fencing. Outside the fence, struggling amongst rubble, starved of nutrients and water, non-native plants fight to survive, desperate to reach the protected island.

As visitors approach, their view is from the non-native refugees’ perspective, a land full of danger, despair and suffering with only glimpses of the sanctuary beyond. However, dispersed amongst the rubble, surviving against the odds, a number of beautiful non-native plants shine, colourful displays of strength and hope in the face of adversity.

At first glance the central island planting appears to be a traditional British wildflower meadow, but on closer inspection, many of the plants from the outer zone have made it across, integrated amongst the native wildflowers, blending in, harmonising and adding to the overall beauty of the sanctuary.

Inside the garden the visitor is enveloped in a lush and beautiful oasis; but how much can this beauty truly be appreciated when surrounded by the suffering beyond?

Read more about the conceptual garden in the RHS press release here.