Design and Landscaping
Our ten years of experience in the maintenance of privately owned gardens has also provided us with opportunities to design and build new spaces, either starting from a blank canvas, improving existing gardens or creating a new border design. We recently established an in-house landscaping team to implement our designs, who can now also provide an additional ‘in-house’ service to existing and new clients. From 2018 we can now also offer a preferred contractor service to other designers.
Our design skills are based on firm horticultural principles and have developed very much from practical observation and experience and through plant-led design. Our style varies from naturalistic to modern, blending traditional with contemporary and with particular sensitivity towards incorporating wildlife-rich areas. We can design and build your entire garden from start to finish, or you may prefer to take a longer-term approach and have a master plan which can be implemented in stages during the evolution of your garden.
We never forget whose garden it is – each garden design is individual and personal to each client. We believe that to make a garden really work it must primarily respond to your needs, reflecting your tastes, how you wish to use and enjoy the space, and for it to blend into the surrounding landscape.
Our three-staged design process:
Stage 1: A free on-site consultation. This initial visit is to discuss the overall brief with our designer. We aim to find out more about your needs and aspirations for your garden. It is very useful to have an idea of your budget at this stage. We then agree a cost for an initial concept design plan and survey, if required.
Stage 2: Concept Design and Presentation. The initial survey will provide the information we need to produce a base plan on to which we can produce a concept drawing to scale that clearly annotates proposals for your garden. We remain in regular contact and may continue to make site visits during the concept planning process. A final presentation of the concept plan in person is made for you to approve before progressing to stage 2. We also provide a hard and digital copy of the plan for your records.
Step 3: Production of technical plans, including engineering and construction drawings and detailed planting plans. At this stage there will be a menu of options depending on the complexity of the proposed build. Our in-house design team work closely with a Landscape Architect to produce detailed specifications for the build, where needed and will continue to oversee the implementation of the work to ensure it conforms in quality and integrity of build.