Meet the Team

Steve Puddefoot – Director of Operations

Steve has worked in Horticulture for over 30 years, starting work part time in a garden centre at the age of 15. He studied at Oaklands college and after 8 years in his first job he left to study in the USA. On his return he spent two years landscaping before arriving at Burstons. In his spare time Steve enjoys spending time with his family as well as reading, travelling and gardening.

Darren Pattinson – Retail Sales Manager

A career in the garden centre industry spanning 28 years proves a great asset to Burston. With experience in every sector of gardening, she’s the perfect person to answer any question. On a daily basis, you’ll most probably see her in the middle of an exciting new display build, ensuring that all the things you love to see around the store are here for you to enjoy. Outside of the garden centre she loves nothing better than walking with friends in Italy or enjoying her own garden.

Darran Major – Plant Area Manager

Darran began his retail life at Waitrose, fast tracking through their management training programme. After a short break as a motorbike instructor he returned to retail in the Garden Centre industry. His flair for creating inspirational gardens for Burston customers to take ideas from has earned him and his team it’s own industry award. Taking his own family garden needs as a foundation he has bought ideas such as allotment gardens to the centre. Outside of work he enjoys playing in a band and being with his family.

Lucy Parsons – Indoor Living Manager

With over 6 years experience sourcing interior products for Burston, Lucy has a great eye for up-and-coming interior trends, helping to bring unique and inspiring collections together for the store. Outside of work Lucy enjoys evenings eating out and going to the cinema, shopping and relaxing walks with friends and family.

Sam Stickland - Garden Care Manager

Sam has over 11 years of experience, starting his working life at clothing chain NEXT. Over the years, he has gained lots of valuable knowledge which has helped him to successfully run our garden centres largest department. He has a good level of product knowledge in all areas of the department. He has a newfound passion for gardening in general and is keen to learn more every day. Outside of work Sam is a devoted musician & DJ and loves to go watch his football team ‘Arsenal’ whenever he can.

Allen Wright – Restaurant Manager

Allen has many years in Catering Management and has had a varied and interesting career. Allen is pleased to join the team and help contribute to future successes. The more free time he has now will be enjoyed with the wife, family and 2 labradoodles and indulging in his hobbies of sailing and golf.

Gareth Evans – Aquatics and Reptiles Manager

Gareth is on his second stint at the Fisheries – he loved it so much he came back! Now he is back he has bought his hobby to the business with the introduction of reptiles. Outside of helping others appreciate the beauty of fish, he is a keen fish and reptile keeper himself. When he is not looking after his animals then he is more than likely to be found on a golf course.