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David Dodd

Managing Director and Owner

David started in the industry as an apprentice gardener in 1987, going on to obtain the National Diploma in Landscape Design & Construction at Merrist Wood College five years later. In 1995 David founded The Outdoor Room with one simple goal in mind: To create beautiful gardens of unbeatable standards. Both David’s parents were teachers, so naturally education has always been a very high priority in his life. He has taught garden design and constuction at Merrist Wood, and is currently lecturing at Inchbald School of Design and The London College of Garden Design, as well as regularly giving workshops and lectures for the various industry organisations including BALI, SGD and the RHS. David was formerly Chairman of BALI’s South Thames region before being elected as a Director on the BALI National Board, where he co-founded the initiative GoLandscape, helping inspire and retain young people coming into landscaping as a serious career option. David regularly sits on RHS selection panels as well as judging at RHS shows.