Oxford based landscape and garden design practice


Angus Thompson studied at the internationally renowned Inchbald School of Design 2004, where he received the Principals Award.

The practice has also designed show gardens including the Gold Medal winning 'Nature Ascending' garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2009, and 'Lust for Life' in Chelsea 2007.

We collaborate closely with architects, interior designers, and contractors in order to offer our clients a seamless experience from initial concept to completed landscape.

 Angus is a guest lecturer at the Inchbald School of Garden Design.

Design ethos


Our design ethos is to search for the purest response to each site, client & brief.

We adopt an uncluttered approach; best described as ‘quietly contemporary’ and explore natural materials, aged patinas and textural contrasts within a modern aesthetic.

Our aim is to create gardens that look beautiful, but which also encourage exploration, play or quiet repose.

Our planting style tends towards the layering of dynamic, natural planting communities to juxtapose with the underlying design structure. We believe in ‘right plant, right place’ and wherever possible adopt sustainable solutions.

“He understands our briefs”


“I have always been impressed with Angus's design and work. He understands our briefs well and makes very good proposals around what we want to achieve. The schemes are always harmonious and calming and well executed. Support after the project has also been good, we haven't been forgotten once the job is done.”

Ross Brawn, F1 Team Principal, Oxfordshire



Angus leads dynamic team of 5, each with differing skills covering Planting, CAD , Illustration, Material sourcing, Maintenance and marketing/PR.

We pride ourselves in being a small enough team to be ‘responsive' to client needs, yet with enough 'flex' to embrace the larger projects we are currently involved in.

Angus Thompson

Angus Thompson

Following an early career in music, Angus trained at the internationally renowned Inchbald School of Design, winning the Principal's Award.

Inspired by a childhood of roaming in a large rural Yorkshire garden, Angus has combined his love of the natural world with the creativity and rigours of design. A guest lecturer at the Inchbald school of design, Angus has also designed gardens for RHS Chelsea Flower Show, including the Gold medal winning ‘Nature Ascending’.

Kate Binnie

Kate Binnie

After 10 years working as an agent in the music business, Kate fronts the PR and Marketing for Angus Thompson Design.

She also works part time in a local hospice as a music and yoga therapist and writes about her work in palliative care. She is currently working on an MSc at Kings College London.

Anna Penning-Rowsell

Anna Penning-Rowsell

Anna trained as a landscape architect at the University of Sheffield, pioneers of ecological perennial planting. Before working in garden design Anna worked for the government's Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE), advising on urban regeneration programmes and campaigning to improve the quality of public open spaces. 

Anna’s focus is on design development.

Max Goodchild

Max Goodchild

Max trained at the Inchbald School of Design in 2004 alongside Angus.

He studied Fine Art in Liverpool and Bristol, has a BA (Hons) in Fine Art and over 25 years experience as a professional painter. You can see some of his abstract paintings at

Max does all illustration work for Angus Thompson Design.

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Laura Burt

Laura holds an MA Hons in English Lit and RHS Level 2. After a career in Photography and bringing up a young family, Laura combines her passion for beautiful gardens with garden photography. Her main focus is on perennial planting and fronting our maintenance team, whilst also running her own maintenance business in Oxford.

“Always searching for the purest response to a site / brief…. uncluttered approach”


“Quiet contemporary – exploring natural materials, aged patinas within a modern aesthetic.”


“Layering dynamic, natural planting communities to playfully juxtapose the underlying structure”


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