Jim Buttress trained at RHS Wisley and worked for the GLC before becoming Superintendent of the Central Royal Parks, and then Superintendent of Greenwich Royal Park. He has frequently exhibited at the Chelsea Flower show, winning the gold medal numerous times. He is head judge at the RHS, and also judged Britain in Bloom for twenty-five years. He has appeared in the television series Save Lullingstone Castle and Return to Lullingstone Castle and more recently in Big Allotment Challenge. He has been awarded two medals of honour from the RHS, the Associate Medal of Honour and the much coveted Victoria Medal of Honour. His life and love of gardening is explored in his book The People's Gardener.