Marc Murray with his dad, Rab.

I grew up living on a council estate, a wee place called Forgewood in Motherwell. It was predominantly full of 3 story flats. No one had a garden, all the grounds were communal.

When I was 10 years old my Gran moved from her top floor flat into a house which had a massive garden. To me, this was amazing space which was only for me and my brothers to play football. To my Gran, it was a bit of a nightmare to maintain such huge garden and to my Dads despair as it was his duty to cut the grass, weed the beds and trim the hedges!

I helped my Dad on the weekends to maintain my Gran’s garden which was hard work. It took around 4hrs every two weeks.

As I grew older and wiser one day I suggested to my Gran to buy a petrol lawnmower. I said, “It will save a lot of time and make the finished job look better.”

Even back then I was particular with detail. I was around 14 years old when my Gran, Dad, and Myself went to B&Q to buy a domestic petrol lawnmower and petrol strimmer. I couldn’t wait to get back that summer morning to try out the new equipment.

My Dad and I were amazed the garden work was done within 1 hour. My Dad said jokingly, “You could start a business.”

From that day my Dads comment planted a seed! I took over maintaining my Gran’s garden. By the end of that summer, my Gran and her next door neighbours garden were looking mint. The following year I had a couple of extra neighbours on the street asking if I could maintain their gardens for a small fee.

My service progressed from there, I started travelling further to other streets then to other areas. I left school to play full-time football for two years then got into construction whilst I continued to give up my weekend to earn extra pocket money. When I passed my driving test I worked from the boot of my car. I was loving gardening and enjoying the extra money in my pocket.

As the years went on I continued with my weekend garden service which slowly grew year on year, until I was made redundant in February 2009. It was then I decided I wanted to do this for real. I wanted to set up my own business. After spending endless days and nights planning and organising a start-up business from my bedroom, with the money from the sale of my pride and joy ‘Golf Mk 4 GTI’, Murray Landscapes Ltd was born in 2009.

Since 2009, I went from a sole trader to employing 3 full-time staff, a few volunteers and with 2 vans on the road. I still have the same passion for all things in the garden and I thrive on the buzz of owning my own business. I have many plans for the year ahead in 2017 let alone the future so watch this space!

Thanks very much for taking the time to read my wee story.



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