'My approach to every project is always site specific. Gardens shouldn't fight with their surroundings but carefully lead the eye through and towards the countryside beyond - I avoid putting in any stiff hedges or strong barriers. I design my gardens to be comfortable and relaxing but also architecturally exciting. Particular attention is paid to hard surfaces - their forms and patterns are very carefully worked out and I always use natural materials or ceramics. My decks are something I am particularly proud of and their precision design and construction is vital to the overall look.'