Wednesday 7th March 2018


Working at Sherford since the initial stages of its construction, Steve Warren-Brown, Managing Director of Plymouth-based landscaping firm, YGS Landscapes, talks to us about his career, as well as why he is excited to play a part in helping to create a new community.

What inspired you to become a landscaper?

When my Dad bought me a spade for my 7th Birthday, I can honestly say that I was not enthralled. However, by the time I was 14, I had become competent in using it and knew over 100 Latin names of plants, therefore it seemed logical to begin working for my dad.

How long have you been working as a landscaper and what do you enjoy most?

36 years, including during summer holidays when I was a teenager. I enjoy the process of taking a site, garden or area and transforming it into something spectacular, knowing that the results will bloom and last for years.

What is the most exciting project that you have worked on?

Sherford, as it is such a large project! It is a fantastic development to be a part of and is so much more than just creating new homes. Its construction is helping Plymouth to grow and is also creating work for local people and businesses.

How did you hear about Sherford and how long has your team at YGS been working at the development?

I, like many others, have followed it in the papers for years. We were the first contractors on site, starting in early 2015.

What interests you the most about working at Sherford?

I am passionate about Plymouth, and the fact that we have a 20-year development on our doorstep is phenomenal. This really is a very exciting time for Plymouth!

How do you see the landscape developing at Sherford over the years?

Sustainability is at the heart of Sherford, with the development enhancing and integrating with the surrounding landscape and environment. Landscaping plays a vital role in helping to bring the vision of Sherford to life, and I look forward to this continuing as the community progresses.

What advice would you give to those looking to pursue a career in landscaping?

As landscaping is a very diverse sector, I would urge anyone interested to expose themselves to as many facets of the trade as possible, to ensure they identify their strengths. Plant knowledge is also key to becoming a truly well-rounded landscaper. In my opinion, it is often an undervalued sector (in the commercial world) so you need to be thick skinned, in more ways than one!