He has had an interest in time measurement for many years and has a collection of clocks which he maintains himself.He has also photographed many sundials and prepared a talk about them for the horological society.This has been adapted to talk about sundials as a garden feature which was the vogue in earlier times, especially for large country houses such as Tyntesfield.There are many beautiful and very complex sundials around and while they look very simple they are scientific instruments.
Cyril spent all his working life of 40 years teaching at Nailsea School in North Somerset.
Jim is involved with judging many horticultural shows including RHS Chelsea and Hampton Court. Trained at Wisley.He commenced his horticultural career in a local nursery, then at Croydon Parks before moving to the Greater London Council and on to The Royal Parks where he ended his career as Superintendent of Greenwich Park.
A popular speaker, he devotes much of his time giving talks to societies and has gained renown for his television appearances including The Big Allotment Challenge and Lullingstone Castle.His book, “The People’s Gardener” was published in May 2016.