An Historic West Country House
This garden still remains one of my favourite creations over the last two decades mainly because there are so many different design elements within the garden as a whole and it is also very photogenic! The design of this garden has gone on over 15 years and we have been appointed by two different owners of the same property.
A modern Home Counties House
This was a “Turn Key Project” and we started work two years before any building works began. This site previously was just an empty field with a stable and 2 prefab workers cottages. We started by planting hedges around the perimeter and shelter belts of trees, so that when the house was completed it was already sitting in a mature landscape.
Southern Counties Equestrian Estate
This is again a multi disciplined landscaping project where we have designed two or three areas of the garden, however at this property the saying is “four legs good, two legs bad” therefore everything has been done for the horses!
West Country Cottage
This Garden was created for a new young family with lots of children and there the garden design needed to include lots of space for the children to play safely. Originally the drive, which was shared by others, came right past the front door. We have therefore redesigned the layout of the landscape completely transforming the feel of the property whilst creating a fabulous garden for everyone to enjoy.
A Country House in the Southern Counties
This was quite a contemporary design to accommodate a new extension for a young family. Clients were keen sailors and therefore included soft curves to represent ships bridges. The works included new drive remodelling, swimming pools and a lot of ground works and hard landscaping all softened down with a mixture of traditional and contemporary planting.
Home Counties Manor House
We were brought in here by the clients to assist in the landscaping and project management of a design carried out by someone else. Originally this was an old dairy farm yard. The developers had left a real mess behind, with hundreds of tons of concrete buried just below the surface. We contracted enormous plant and machinery to dig out and remove all the concrete, excavations were carried out to prepare for swimming pools and tennis courts. This involved an enormous amount of civil engineering, to prepare ground for seeding and planting. A lot of the trees for this garden came from our semi mature tree nursery in Scotland. We also brought in specialists to build the kitchen garden and a fabulous greenhouse.
West Country Stately Home
This project was enormous fun to do but also a lot of hard work! It involved completely redesigning the main formal garden of the house. The centrepiece for the design was the Merboy Fountain. The design of this fountain was a joint project with Bulbeck foundry who cast it and it was exhibited at Chelsea flower show before it was installed in this garden. I am very fond of Stilt Hornbeam hedging and it is one of my favourite design elements for formal gardens. We also installed an automatic irrigation system using water collected from acres of roofing on the estate.
West Country Town House ~ An Award Winning Garden
This Garden won us and award for both the design and construction of the job from the British Association of Landscape Industries BALI. The garden was redesigned around a new gym, swimming pool and fitness suite built to the rear of the house. Access was a major issue and materials had to be handled a number of times before being used and all of the work was carried out by hand as it was impossible to get any machinery in to the garden. Lots of hard work! The design included 2 water features, low voltage external lighting, irrigation and drainage with lots of hard landscaping softened by interesting and eclectic soft landscape work.
Central London Courtyard
This is the smallest garden we have ever created as it is no more than 2 m wide by 7 m long however it was also, per a square foot, one of the most expensive and complicated. In landscape design, quite often you do not see the work that has gone into creating what you see on the surface ! My client was very keen on the oriental theme and I based my design on the fabulous Ryoan-Ji gravel gardens at Koyoto with raked gravel and Sarsen stones brought from Avebury. He also liked fish and they were Koy carp in the black granite Fishtank and smaller fish swimming in
Historic west country Manor House
This is a formal design to a fabulously restored important Manor House in the West Country created in the 1990’s. The design created garden rooms bounded by Pleached Hornbeams and Yew Hedging. There are 2 small sunken rectangular fish ponds in 2 of the rooms. A very special garden.
We design and build many kitchen and productive gardens as so many people like to grow their own produce, it is such a rewarding past time. In this one we also contracted the Greenhouse Builders who have won awards at Chelsea, a real Gem! There are some photos of my own Kitchen garden with raised beds which keeps me very busy.
An Historic West Country Manor
When we designed and built this garden in the late 1980’s it was privately owned, it has now been taken over by the National Trust. It was an enormous project and we had a team of 10 people hard at it for 6 months. We created a highly scented rose garden with old fashioned roses framed with box and lavender hedging. We also created a herb Knot Garden which was copied from Henry VIII’s Knot Designer.
West Country Family Home
I love this project, a simple classical design to provide the clients with a place to quietly reflect and relax. My design for the summer house had 16 corners all built out of Purbeck Stone as was the Pergola also.
Semi Mature Tree Planting
Not many people will have seen the whole process of lifting and root balling a big tree therefore here we have shown you some of the process here. The tree spade is one of the biggest in the country and capable of moving very big trees! It’s possible to move very big trees successfully when you have the right skill and machinery.
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