Hilary Thomas has lectured in Garden Design at the highly-regarded Capel Manor Horticultural College in London, UK. She has been designing gardens for 15 years and teaching students the essential techniques for 12 years since establishing the first planting design course at Capel Manor.
Vincent Thurkettle is a woodsman. After spending his childhood roaming the Somerset countryside, he left school at 16 to work on an the Huntley Estate in Gloucestershire. He subsequently trained as a Chartered Forester, and worked for the Forestry Commission, retiring in 2005.