Landscaping Team

  • Digger Cooke-Hurle BSc (Hons)
    Digger Cooke-Hurle BSc (Hons)

    Head of Contracting
    Digger graduated with an honours degree in Countryside Management from Newcastle University and has worked within the environmental sector ever since. He joined Maydencroft Limited near its commencement in January 2008. In the company’s infancy he started...

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  • Michael Comlay
    Michael Comlay

    Contracts Manager
    Mike joined Maydencroft in January 2020 as a Contracts Manager. He started his career as a Contracts Hire Manager before discovering a love for trees thanks to a bee keeping course.
    As well as starting his own Forestry...

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  • James Shakespeare-Smith (BSc Hons)
    James Shakespeare-Smith (BSc Hons)

    Contracts Manager
    Having spent much of career contracting for construction and environmentally focused companies, James joined Maydencroft in early 2018. Much of his experience has been focused on projects around waterways, river restoration and bio-engineering.

    He graduated from...

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  • Gary Shanahan
    Gary Shanahan

    Consultant Contracts Manager

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  • David Hooper
    David Hooper

    Project Supervisor
    David joined us in 2009 having grown up on a large country estate where his father was gamekeeper for over 30 years. David has worked in the agricultural, forestry and building industries gathering a wealth of experience and...

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  • Bernie Bolton
    Bernie Bolton

    Project Leader

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  • Eleanor Pawley
    Eleanor Pawley

    Skilled Labourer

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  • Gavin Lewis
    Gavin Lewis

    Labourer
    Having joined Maydencroft in June 2018, after working with local landscaping companies, Gavin has quickly become a valued member of the team.
    On a day to day basis, Gavin is spending time supporting Team Leaders, getting to grips with...

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  • George Brammer
  • Grant Lake
    Grant Lake

    Skilled Operative
    Starting as an apprentice in 2008, Grant spent 9 years working for Cornwall's largest civil engineering firm and went on to become one of its youngest charge hands with an NVQ in Highways Maintenance. He has covered all...

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  • Greg Chapman
    Greg Chapman

    Skilled Labourer
    Greg joined Maydencroft in January 2014. He specialises in grounds maintenance and worked as part of a team of contractors keeping the Lea Valley Regional Park Authority's sites well maintained. He is broadening his range of skills and...

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  • Henry Foster
    Henry Foster

    Grounds Operative
    Henry joined Maydencroft in August 2017 as the Windsor Division's first apprentice, studying horticulture at BCA (Berkshire College of Agriculture). After completing his apprenticeship, Henry joined Maydencroft as a permanent Grounds Operative and is a great addition to...

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  • Jack Tyson
    Jack Tyson

    Project Leader
    Jack joined Maydencroft in January 2018 after completing several years in the landscaping industry. Jack brings a varied skill set including extensive experience operating plant machinery.

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  • Jacob Lee
  • Jamie Axton-Clements
    Jamie Axton-Clements

    Project Leader
    Jamie joined Maydencroft Limited in July 2008 after working as a labourer for a highways ground works company. Having started at the bottom; in January 2012 he was promoted to Project Leader and is really enjoying having projects of...

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  • John Howe
    John Howe

    Project Leader
    John joined us in October 2011, he has worked in the rural and environmental contracting field for a number of years and specialises in habitat improvement works.
    John was originally trained in horticulture and has followed this path throughout his...

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  • Joshua Brookes
  • Mark Faulkner
    Mark Faulkner

    Project Leader
    Mark has 40 years experience in the agricultural and forestry industries.
    Previously working for agricultural and civil engineering contractors, he joined Maydencroft in early 2016.
    Mark is also a highly skilled excavator and tractor operator.

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  • Martin Vaughan
    Martin Vaughan

    SKilled Operative

    Martin joined Maydencroft from being a drainage engineer at our sister company, Shanahan Contracting Ltd. He is a highly proficient operator of plant machinery and carries out many of our landscaping, drainage and groundworks operations.

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  • Michael Harris
    Michael Harris

    Ground Worker & HGV Operator
    Michael works for Maydencroft's sister company, Shanahan Contracting Ltd. A highly valued member of the team, he is most often seen driving one of our Heavy Good Vehicles but also carries out jetting and drain...

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  • Peter Smith
    Peter Smith

    Project Leader
    Pete joined us in January 2012 and settled into the team instantly. With qualifications and skills which pretty much cover the whole building, ground work and highway industry.
    With a quiet but confident approach, Pete is a highly skilled craftsman...

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  • Piotr Iwaszko
    Piotr Iwaszko

    Skilled Labourer
    Piotr joined us from Poland in 2009. He works as a skilled labourer and is a highly proficient plant machinery operator as well as being qualified with a chainsaw.

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  • Przemyslaw Dubinski
    Przemyslaw Dubinski

    Skilled Operative
    Przemek has 15 years’ experience in the construction industry and has a Bachelor Degree in Marketing & Management. He specialises in general building construction, where he has covered every possible trade, starting as a labourer and eventually leading...

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  • Radek Ernest
    Radek Ernest

    Labourer
    Radek joined Maydencroft from Poland in 2012. He works as a labourer but also has a huge amount of specialist metal working skills. He is a highly proficient mechanic and helps carry out repairs in our workshops.

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  • Richard Gwilliam
    Richard Gwilliam

    Project Leader
    Coming from an agricultural background, Richard has a wealth of experience in both farming and rural countryside management. Having spent 20 years driving all aspects of agricultural machinery, carrying out various fencing styles and maintaining plant and equipment,...

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  • Richard Shonk
    Richard Shonk

    Specialist Vehicle Operator
    Richard joined Maydencroft in 2013. He joined us as a Specialist Vehicle Operator and drives our 32 tonne Heavy Goods Vehicle. When not driving, he joins in with the landscape teams and is building a wide array...

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  • Richard Talbot
    Richard Talbot

    Project Leader

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  • Richard Wartnaby
    Richard Wartnaby

    Project Leader
    A graduate of the University of Manchester and a holder of the NEBOSH Certificate of Occupational Health and Safety.
    After spending a number of years looking after elephants in several zoological collections within the UK he has developed a keen...

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  • Roy Southard
    Roy Southard

    Project Leader

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  • Simon Johnson
    Simon Johnson

    Project Leader
    Simon spent 14 years working for the environment agency as a specialist team leader. During this time, Simon managed several teams, looking after the major assets and flood defence structures, while developing his own skillset covering everything from...

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  • Tomasz Owiesny
    Tomasz Owiesny

    Labourer
    Tomasz joined Maydencroft from Poland in 2014. He works as a labourer and is also a highly skilled mechanic and helps to keep the vast array of machinery and equipment running in perfect order.

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  • Tomasz Sowa
    Tomasz Sowa

    Labourer
    Tomasz joined us in February 2019 after working for a general maintenance company. Having picked up a wide range of skills ranging from building maintenance, painting and decorating, gardening and carpentry, Tomasz is great all-rounder that loves being outside.

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