Matt Skellern, who runs Limewood Landscapes, was brought up on his family’s farm just outside Wragby. From an early age he developed a great interest in plants, gardening and natural history, and soon became involved in maintaining the garden, orchard and vegetable plot, as well as helping out on the farm. As a teenager he was taught the traditional rural craft of hedgelaying by his grandfather, and also set up a small tree nursery, growing native trees to plant out on the farm. Matt gained a degree in plant science, which covered many aspects of horticulture, and after a period of voluntary work for the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers, started employment in the Plant and Invertebrate Ecology department (now Agroecology) at Rothamsted, the world’s oldest agricultural research station. While at Rothamsted, Matt worked on many projects related to farmland ecology and natural pest control, and gained extensive knowledge of pests and beneficial insects, and their interactions with plants. After 15 years at Rothamsted, Matt returned to Lincolnshire and decided to set up Limewood Landscapes, where his passions for gardening, ecology and conservation could be combined.