Jon Ardle is technical editor for the RHS magazine The Garden, specializing in bonsai and Japanese gardens. He is the author of two books on bamboos and grasses and lives in Peterborough.
Claire Arrowsmith is Principal Pratitioner for the Pet Behaviour Centre and a Full Member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Consellors. She is the author of Brain Games for Dogs, Correcting Bad Habits in Dogs and Instant Dog Training.
Dr Peter Brough is an enthusiastic naturalist, conservationist and medical practitioner. His broad knowledge of natural history, gained over many years, includes a long experience of field botany both in Britain and Europe.
Moira C. Harris
Moira C. Harris is an award-winning editor and author. She was the editor of Horse Illustrated magazine and under her leadership it achieved the largest circulation of any equine publication in the US. Additionally, she has written seven books on horse breeds, horse care and riding, and has been involved with horses for 30 years. She has ridden in various disciplines including Western, endurance and dressage, and currently competes in showjumping.
Dr Christopher Day
Christopher Day is founder of the Alternative Veterinary Medicine Centre. He is a holistic vet with over 37 years of experience in practice. Christopher specializes in natural therapies including herbs, homeopathy, acupuncture and ultrasound, together with natural nutritional advice. He has written 13 pet care books.
Dominic Couzens is a leading nature writer and lecturer in the UK. He has been writing about wildlife for over 20 years and is the author of several successful books including The Pocket Guide to Garden Birds. Dominic has appeared on BBC television and regularly contributes to leading magazines including BBC Wildlife Magazine, Birdwatching and Birds.Location: Dorset, UK.
Caroline Davis is a freelance pet writer and the author of numerous pet-care books, including Cat Basics and Puppy Taming, part of Hamlyn's All Colour Petcare series.Location: Spalding, Lincolnshire.
Diarmuid Gavin owns his own garden design business, designing and creating bespoke gardens for both private and commercial clients. He won 2 Gold medals at the Royal Dublin Society and subsequently exhibited at RHS Chelsea 3 times, winning Silver Gilt in 2004 for his Contemporary Suburban Garden.He has been a regular face on television since the pioneering series Home Front with Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen in the late 1990s; a regular slot with Alan Titchmarsh presenting Chelsea and many hit series in his native Ireland. Most recently he has starred to huge acclaim in Rich, Famous and Unemployed and in 71 Degrees North. Diarmuid has written 6 books on garden design including two with Sir Terence Conran.
Bob Gibbons has been actively involved in the field of natural history for many years. He worked for the Nature Conservancy Council for seven years before becoming a freelance writer and photographer, specializing in wildlife and travel. He has travelled extensively in Europe while studying wild flowers, and now leads wildlife tours to many regions of Europe.
Diana Grenfell is a writer and international lecturer on hostas, daylilies, and other horticultural topics. She was a co-founder of the British Hosta and Hemerocallis Society and lives in London.
Vicky Halls is an acclaimed Pet Behaviour Counsellor with many years experience of treating behavioural problems in cats both in the UK and abroad. She is also an international bestselling author of several cat behaviour books. In 2008 Vicky was voted as the 'Nation's Favourite Cat Author' by the readers of 'Your Cat' Magazine. The Secret Life of your Cat is Vicky's first fully-illustrated title.Location: Canterbury, Kent.
The late Terry Hewitt grew cacti and succulents for more than 40 years. He owned and ran the Holly Gate Cactus Nursery and Holly Gate Cactus Garden in Ashington, West Sussex.
Kim Houston BSc (Hons), Dip (AS) CABC, CCAB is a consultant in feline behaviour. She graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a First Class honours degree in Applied Psychology before gaining a Postgraduate Degree in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling from the University of Southampton. Kim is a full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC) and is also accredited through the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB) as a Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist. She is one of the only cat behaviour specialists in the UK, and regularly contributes to magazines, the national press and TV. Kim owns and runs cat-astrophes.com, a cat behaviour consultancy, and works with clients worldwide helping to resolve cat behaviour problems by taking a holistic-, positive- and education-based approach. In most cases, behaviour can be successfully modified and she has prevented many cats from being euthanized or rehomed as well as improving the relationship of countless cats and their owners.When not consulting, she volunteers her services to Cats Protection in her local area, providing rehoming advice and addressing behaviour issues in rescue cats and kittens.
Per José Karlén
Per José Karlén is a young Swedish illustrator and animator who has a long, long list of awards to his name, including the Quentin Blake Narrative Illustration Award. His wickedly funny and individual work appeals to both adults and children alike, and his freelance work includes everything from children's books to illustrations for The Times, The Independent and for Royal Mail.
Andrew Lawson, photographer, was a major contributor to Highgrove, Portrait of an Estate by HRH The Prince of Wales, and as author and photographer has published Performance Plants, and The Gardener's Book of Colour. In 1999 he was named 'Garden Photographer of the Year' by the Garden Writers' Guild. Andrew Lawson lives in Oxfordshire.
Daphne Ledward is a profilic writer and broadcaster on all aspects of gardening. She started her gardening career with BBC Radio Lincolnshire and has been a regular panellist on BBC Radio 4's Gardeners' Question Time and Classic FM's Gardening Forum for 18 months. She has also appeared on television programmes such as Gardeners' Direct Line (BBC 1), By Day (Sky 1), Homes and Gardens Livetime (Granada Breeze), Grass Roots (Meridian) and How Does Your Garden Grow? (UK Style/BBC 2), and was the gardening 'expert' on Radio 2's Jimmy Young Show.
W. Anthony Lord
Tony Lord is a gardening author, photographer and consultant with an expert eye for effective planting combinations. Formerly a Gardens Adviser to the National Trust, he edits The Royal Horticultural Society's annual Plant Finder, and lectures on plants, gardens and garden history. His books include Best Borders, winner of the Garden Writers' Guild 'Book of the Year' award for 1994, Gardening at Sissinghurst, and Designing with Roses.
Linda McDonald-Brown is a highly experienced pig keeper and runs her own company producing pig arcs. She keeps and farrows a wide range of traditional and rare breeds as well as teaching one-day courses on how to get started with pigs.
Andrea McHugh is a freelance pet author and cat lover. She has written and contributed to several books including Dancing with Dogs and How to have a Happy Cat.
Stephanie Mehanna runs the Canine Cookie Company, the UK's premier bakery for dogs and her delicious doggy treats regularly grace celebrity dog bowls across the UK.