Carshalton Dad makes gardens work

Carshalton Dad and garden guru, Richard Steeples, quit his City job after his first baby was born. His dream was to pursue his passion for gardens and spend more time with his young son and new baby daughter.


Working long hours in the City, there must be many local dads who yearn to spend more time in Carshalton with their children. Even more must dream of quitting their jobs and pursuing a hobby they could turn into a business. Richard Steeples is one of the lucky few who have done both these things.

In November 2010 Richard left his job in pensions to make a career out of his love of gardening. He set up his company Richer Grounds to offer garden maintenance services to the local area. He is also trying to look after his son Daniel, 2, and baby Rebecca now his wife Cath has returned to work full-time.

“It’s a challenge trying to combine work with childcare,” explains Richard. “But Cath has been incredibly supportive. By working full-time she has allowed me to leave a job I didn’t enjoy and follow my dream of making a living out of gardening while spending more time with Daniel and Rebecca.”

Richard has been working in garden maintenance since March 2011 and has already built up a loyal client base of Carshalton Mums. “It’s going brilliantly,” says Richard, “I’d love to say thanks to Carshalton mums for all the support so far! You’ve really helped me realise my dream of creating my own gardening business. It’s so much better than pensions!” 

“Having young children has made me realise how important it is to be family-friendly and sensitive to family life while working on someone’s garden. The majority of my customers are local mums and being a local dad has helped me find work and offer a really good, family-friendly service.”

Richer Grounds’ services include grass-cutting, weeding, clearances, planting and hedge-trimming.  “No garden is too big or too small,” says Richard and he welcomes regular and one-off jobs.

“Now is the perfect time to spruce up the garden in time for the barbeque season,” explains Richard. If you are looking for a family-friendly gardener in Carshalton with a real love for his work then why not give this local dad a try? 

For more details contact Richard Steeples on 07766132114 or

Read Carshalton Mums’ reviews of Richer Grounds.

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