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Friday, 29 May 2015

Dougie’s a growing success

Making a splash:   Dougie Bainbridge has transformed his hobby into a thriving business after being made redundant

By Hazel Mollison

A MAN with a passion for ponds has set up his own garden design business.

Dougie Bainbridge, of Monkhill, near Burgh by Sands, has enjoyed a growing success since he started Gardens Transformed at the beginning of May.

The 39-year-old had already designed gardens for friends when he was made redundant as an engineer.

He then decided to try and make a living out of his lifelong hobby, completing the Point business start-up course run by Carlisle Chamber of Commerce earlier this year.

Since then, he has had a busy start and already has 20 clients on his books. He has also taken on a school-leaver as an assistant.

Mr Bainbridge said: “I want to design a garden that makes you feel good when you go home at the end of the day. I want to create something unique and special, that looks good, sounds good, and smells good.

“ I don’t want to compete with people who lay patios. I’ll discuss what people want, and create a mood for the garden.”

He said he particularly loved making water features. “It can be really relaxing to just sit by a pond, and it’s amazing how much wildlife you get.”