Paul has over twenty years of experience in forestry and landscaping. He arrived in Auroville in 1991 from Scotland after graduating in Forestry and Ecology at Edinburgh University. He founded the Auroville Botanical Gardens in 2000 that offers a variety of services for land management and landscaping. He is currently engaged in developing the gardens with emphasis on environmental education for the local school children. His recent projects include a resort landscape for Mahindra Hoildays, anda landscape for the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chennai in addition to other projects in Kashmir, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu.