Steven Farnworth Bsc (Hons), Senior Landscape Operations Manager
Steven graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Horticulture from Bath University in 1985. He has worked since then in many roles across the landscaping, arboriculture and forestry sectors. As a senior manager Steven has over 35 years of experience in establishing, growing and managing successful regional businesses. Steven’s roles have encompassed all aspects of contract set up and delivery, including health, safety and environmental management. He has delivered a wide range of high value complex projects and managed multiple delivery teams on long term framework contracts.
During the early part of his career Steven was responsible for the delivery of soft landscape projects across the North of England working for a wide range of public sector and private clients. The work was undertaken using both a direct workforce and specialist sub-contractors and involved working closely with Landscape Architects and project designers.
A move to Scotland in 2000 saw Steven take up the role of managing a multi disciplinary team, delivering landscaping, utility arboriculture and forestry contracts across Central Scotland.
The contract works carried out were diverse and the role involved understanding the complexities of the regulatory requirements of different industry sectors to ensure full compliance.
In 2013 Steven moved back south and took up the role of business development manager working closely with a diverse range of clients and landscape designers.
Once projects moved into the construction phase Steven was responsible for the transition to the construction works teams and maintained involvement until completion, ensuring delivery on programme and to budget.
As Framework lead Steven had overall responsibility for the delivery of a wide range of both planned and reactive works. Working with a diverse team of managers, operatives and subcontractors. Works included tree and vegetation management to the highway network as well as to the river systems across the South West. Ecological considerations formed a key part of the delivery of these works along with a significant amount of noxious weed control including surveys and treatment of ragwort, Japanese knotweed, and Himalayan balsam. Additional landscape improvement schemes were also undertaken with wildflower seeding on the M4, A38 and A35 along with tree and shrub planting works to the M4, A30 and A38.
Steven has recently re-joined Tilhill to develop their landscaping services in the Central part of England & Wales to complement the already established Landscaping team in the South of England.