My name is Tim Staves and New Leaf Gardens is the garden design and build business which I started in 2003. After leaving university, I qualified as an accountant but quickly realised that this was not the career for me. "New Leaf" was so named because it represented a change in lifestyle for me as much as it implies a change in the gardens that I have created.
I have long since felt very lucky to be able to combine my interests in my day to day working life, however, I understood that professional qualifications would also be essential when growing a business. As a result, over the last few years I have undertaken a number of courses and have recognised qualifications from both the Royal Horticultural Society and Leeds Metropolitan University.
I met Matt on a course a few years ago and we have worked together on a number of projects since. As he likes to remind me, Matt is a lot younger but nevertheless has over 10 years experience in the building industry - whether its working on building extensions, driveways or landscaping.
As New Leaf Gardens has attracted more custom it made sense to team up with a reliable builder with high standards. Being married with three young children, Matt likes to be out as much as possible so now I produce the plans to keep him busy. During a build I manage to get under Matt's feet by helping out with the labouring and then take over when it comes to the soft landscaping.
As a client, you can expect a personal service, and for me, I know that each garden I create is built to a good standard and is true to its original design and thinking.
Whenever we consider a new garden we are always aware of environmental issues and wherever possible, features and resources are kept or recycled and materials locally sourced.
New Leaf Gardens, Canby Cottage, 30 Castle Street, Spofforth, Harrogate, HG3 1AP