Key to discovering more about your favourite hobby is the reading of inspiring, pithy and easily understood writing from an author who knows their subject well. And that writing has to be well edited and interpreted with relevant images and suitable headings to make the information simple to access.
David’s career in journalism started as sub editor for Amateur Gardening magazine in 1990, since when he has worked in diverse roles including features editor, production editor and gardening editor and editor on the pick of the nation’s crop of gardening titles. He has also written as a freelance contributor for numerous magazine including Amateur Gardening, BBC Easy Gardening, BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine, Homes & Gardens, RHS The Garden, The Gardener, Saga Magazine, Woman’s Own and Your Garden.
The written word
More recently David was deputy editor of BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine. During this time he was responsible for ensuring horticultural accuracy of the title, as well as writing regular features, advertorials, cross-promotional and marketing material. A key part of this role involved researching, planning and directing photoshoots with Carol Klein, Monty Don, Alan Titchmarsh and other talent, as well as commissioning these key contributors. In this senior position he was involved in all aspects of magazine craft, including the management of an experienced team. Working in partnership with the editor, he was responsible for the editorial direction, horticultural content and development of the print and digital formats of the magazine, in adherence with strict BBC editorial guidelines, as well as editing and final-proofing each issue.
He maintains his involvement with the gardening press by being associate editor for the title and was responsible for making the Christmas wreaths featured on the December 2017 issue of BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine. He is also a member of the Garden Media Guild and has been a finalist in their yearly awards, most recently as Practical journalist of the Year in 2015.
David has written books including Pests and Diseases, Your Essential Guide to Pruning and Gardening for Shade (all published by BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine), a Pocket Reference Guide to Gardening Terms and Rosy Hardy: 25 Years of Chelsea. He has also written for gardenersworld.com and has contributed to a number of other websites.