Cheshire Country Garden 20 years on

30 Years in Garden design As we approach our thirtieth year designing and building gardens, it is inevitable that I am drawn back to visit previous defining projects. I always think it can take 20 or more years before a garden shows its true maturity, with the relationship and interplay between trees, larger shrubs and small plants, becoming finally resolved. We have tackled a number of larger country gardens, the largest, near London, being 140 acres! These schemes need specific attention to get right, since they often include large tree and shrub planting, a forward looking vision is needed to plan and understand how this will resolve over many years to come. Country  Garden, Tarporley Cheshire This scheme was about…

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Large Nature Pond

This large garden needed a striking feature to make sense of the area away from the main garden, (formerly a horse Manège). The clients also wanted a chill-out zone in contrast to the formality of the garden area nearer the house. (Newly Finished and Planted) The main design concept was to have a dramatic water feature, combined with a seating area and dramatic planting. This was achieved by applying the principle of two large circular ponds defined by inter-linking timber-sleeper pathways. The paved area was achieved using large stone off-cuts laid in an informal manner (with little or no pointing between) to allow for herbs and grasses to be planted in the gaps, and to be allowed to colonise (thyme,…

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Wraysbury

Wraysbury – We were proud last year to be asked to design and build a landscape on a large-scale at the famous Wraysbury lakes near Heathrow Airport.The Wraysbury Nature Reserve is a large (over 140 acres) of semi-wild landscape with SSSI status (Site of special scientific interest). History – It developed in the last 100 years primarily as it was used to quarry aggregates (for the Heathrow runways and other projects). As the sand and gravel was removed, the remaining pits were left to fill with water, attracting new plant life and, in turn, insects, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. By the time of the second World War, this process was already forming the lake at W1-Wraysbury Nature Reserve,…

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Two London Gardens

These two gardens in Putney are next door to each other. While the first garden was in the design stage their neighbour asked us to design and build them a new garden too. Normally their only access would be through their house, the remodeling of the first garden gave them the opportunity to use its gated access to construct their garden at same time. Reducing disruption for them considerably. The gardens are quite different in layout; one fairly traditional following a circular theme, the other more contemporary and rectilinear. The circular one has two concentric circles, the inner one featuring herbs, the outer regular shrubs. It also featured two beautiful medium sized olive trees, which gave the garden instant maturity.…

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Country Estate, Cheshire

Just to show not all our projects are contemporary! This was a country estate near Tarporely in Cheshire and was a total of six acres in all and all had to landscaped. The main area was on a gently sloping, south-facing site, with beautiful views over the adjacent golf course. The grade 2 listed Georgian house and garden were both in need of complete renovation, and most of the crumbling brick walls were taken down and rebuilt. During the initial excavation process we were intrigued to find a huge underground pit with brick lined walls…the local conservation officer was called in and informed us that it was a rare ice-pit used in Georgian times to store game and other meats…

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