John has always loved plants and what they can do for people and urban space. In 1995 John built his own green roof home. This was the catalyst for a career change and in 1998 he founded the Grass Roof Company. He has since designed and built over 100 small green roof buildings, combining living roofs with habitat walls.
John is passionate about the importance of linking grounds maintenance to the residents that use the space. He campaigns to lift the profile and the importance decent, imaginative maintenance plays in helping to improve life and biodiversity within social housing estates. His company has looked after Clapton Park Estate in Hackney East London for 15 years. Based on this work, he has produced a sustainable grounds maintenance contract template that puts people first.
He has also launched a range of small green roof shelters based on second-hand shipping containers and designed portable structures.