Phil spent his whole career in horticulture. Initially working in local authority Park's Departments and studying at Writtle and ILAM's Colleges he went on to teach horticulture at a Community Home for teenage boys.
From there Phil moved to Dorset to develop a nursery and garden centre which would enable people with a disability (mainly cerebral palsy or an associated disability) to work and train in horticulture. This was an unusual facility during the 1970's but partly due to the work of the organisation Horticulture for All of which Phil was a council member and treasurer for over 10 years this kind of provision grew rapidly. It is estimated there are now over 1500 similar horticulture projects in the country.
Taking early retirement in 1999 Phil became a trustee and treasurer of the Sensory Trust and later a trustee of People and Gardens, a new social firm based in St. Austell, Cornwall that enables disabled people to access horticultural work.
Phil was recently made a Fellow of the Institute of Horticulture for his services to the profession.
Phil is the Sensory Trust's honorary treasurer.