The Team

Bella Ryan

The Director of Belle Gardens, is Merrist Wood College trained and qualified in Horticulture to Distinction level.

She is a member of the Professional Gardeners’ Guild and lectures in horticulture at Kent Adult Education, Claverham Adult and Community College in Battle and Robertsbridge Community College.

She was a horticultural lecturer for four years at Richmond Adult College and three years at Capel Manor College when she lived in London.

Simon Payne

Our other Principal Designer. Simon trained at the Inchbald School of Garden Design and has worked with John Brooks and Anthony Paul.  He has been designing gardens since 1988.