Gardens and Landscapes

My Landscape and garden design practice was established in 2001 and has helped many clients realise the potential of their home environment.

If you are frustrated with your garden looking untidy and are overwhelmed with the enormous choice of landscaping materials and plants at the garden centre, then allow me to create a bespoke design for you. I will design a garden to complement the architecture of your home and choose the right landscaping materials and plants to complete it.

I will understand what you are looking for, the quality and standard of landscaping you expect and deliver a personal garden design for you.

If you have a dream of how you want your  garden to look, call now and let me transform your ideas into reality. Tel: 01572 747318  or 07973843020.

My garden designs and landscaping ideas have a strong emphasis on geometry but are softened by planting. Although the majority of expense in a garden comes from the garden landscaping, I believe it is only when the garden is planted, and garden lighting added, that it truly comes to life.

I try, where possible, to source traditional materials in the UK as these complement both our local building stone and the landscape and love using recycled materials to give a garden a feeling of age.

Although I hope a client will fall in love with gardening as I take them on the journey to create their outdoor garden room, I understand the pressures of modern life and will keep maintenance to a minimum by using weed suppressing membranes, irrigation systems and through my landscaping ideas and planting.

The process of a landscape project may follow many routes but a typical process will be:


Undertake a Brief

An initial, on site, meeting with the client enables me to get a sense of the place and the needs and desires of its users. In common with most qualified designers, I charge a consultancy fee for this visit to cover my time. My fee at the time of writing is £100 (plus travel if over an hour). We’ll talk in detail about what you want and need, and I will make suggestions and share with you my ideas. A written brief, with costings, is sent to you  after this meeting and forms the basis for further discussion.


Survey

A full topographical survey is undertaken, either by me or commissioned from surveyors for each project. This normally takes a day to complete and forms the basis for all design work and includes soil sample analysis.

Design proposals
Based on the information gained from meeting you and from the survey and site analysis, I develop conceptual proposals for discussion and further development. This usually takes the form of a hand-drawn aerial view. Following discussions and further development of the design, I prepare drawings in sufficient detail to build and plant the landscape. These drawings will form the basis for fixing a budget for the project.

Planting Plans
Planting plans are intrinsic to the design – I will have been thinking about the planting all through the design process. For me planting is what brings a garden to life, more than anything else it dictates the feel, style and mood of the garden. The production of planting plans and a maintenance schedule is the next stage in the design process.


Tender

At the tender stage I can provide a set of construction drawings and lighting plans to contractors tendering to do the work. I can also advise on selection of the contractor, with whom I will work to realise the landscape proposals. There is no single best way to build a garden and no single best method of construction. I collaborate with clients and contractors to achieve the highest building standards using the most practical and efficient methods.


Project Management and hand over

Construction and planting may be phased over many months and I offer a project management service. The garden will always be yours and should reflect your personality and lifestyle but I will continue to keep in touch with you and remain as an advisor to steer its growth into maturity should you require.

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