GLOBAL WINNERS – LANDSCAPING & OUTDOOR SPACES 2019

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Feb 032019
 

As detailed on this website. We consulted on and installed this scheme in the below. This scheme won the GLOBAL LANDSCAPING & OUTDOOR SPACES 2019 award after winning the European award earlier this year.

Ahead awards are organised through the https://www.sleepermagazine.com/

 

 

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Cotswold garden design animation

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Nov 062018
 

We were recently commissioned to design what was an old vegetable garden into a walled garden, party garden with garden building to match. Here is our concept production. We are now working through samples and budget costings ahead of presenting and agreeing best way to proceed. Watch this space….!

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Project finished – time to party

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Sep 282018
 

A video of garden party from a project we just finished in Condicote, The Cotswolds. There are some nice night time pictures of the garden showing off our lighting design. We were also welcome guests and can been seen in the background if you look closely.

Party hosted by and videoed by  – http://www.moversandshakerscocktails.co.uk/

 

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‘Can you meet me in London to look at this project’

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Aug 042017
 

In 2013 Bas Smets rang me. ‘Can you meet me in London to look at this project?’

We have worked with Bas Smets Bureau – http://www.bassmets.be/ on a couple of projects and they have been small but very interesting. So i replied, ‘of course, let me know when and where’. Down the rabbit hole it was.

We became involved in creating a Babylonian garden in central London for the 34 bedroomed ultra luxury boutique hotel in central London The Mandrake – http://www.themandrake.com/. In time we will write a full project report but for now see some pictures below of how the gardens are now 1 month before opening.

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Video of Yelford Manor

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Jan 152017
 

Because we are so proud of our what we do we had this video commissioned of our landscaping work at Yelford Manor in the Cotswolds. Enjoy the summer breeze blowing through the site.

There are some beautiful shots of peak flowering through out this video and wonderful cameos from the insects. Be sure to watch it all!

 

Halfway post – 2016

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Jun 132016
 

Now just 12 days off of the solstice and i thought it was about time to update this blog as everyone is sleeping in, a rarity with two children under two.

As ever, we have been engaged in a range of projects from contemporary to the very traditional, everywhere in between and even a private playground. It has also been nice to see some of our bigger commissions from the last few years filling out and looking really lush this year. I offer some pictures of where we have been and what we have been doing.

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Cornus kousa, atop of the wildflower meadow atop the best garden playground in Cheltenham.

Our party trick. Burying trampolines. We have done it a couple of times. It is always much more work than you appreciate but so effective.

Our party trick – burying trampolines. We have done it a couple of times. It is always much more work than you appreciate but so effective.

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Work continues at Yelford Manor. Here the patio is starting to settle in.

A close up of our attention to detail stone work.

A close up of our attention to detail stone work.

This is a transition area in a garden in Cheltenham between the edible and the ornamental garden. Deliberately loose. Forest garden style.

This is a transition area in a garden in Cheltenham between the edible and the ornamental garden. Deliberately loose. Forest garden style, you can see Rhubarb, mixing with Chives and Rosemary. Valeriana officinalis used here as an ornamental.

Wrapping up 2015

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Dec 142015
 

I sit in the office reflecting on the year. We are two employees stronger, 5 in total and i have another heir with Floyd John Jones being born in a rush on the night of 19/9/15. We are in a good place. The order book is full until April with a series of diverse, challenging and interesting projects. While we are in the process of finishing off some of our best work to date.

Below are some pictures of works over the last few months and i thank you for taking the time to look at this blog while wishing you the festive best and an enjoyable 2016.

 

A stone wall built to match recent extension. Lewis installing some lights for us

A stone wall built to match recent extension. Lewis installing some lights for us before adding to the existing paving.

Recomendation landscaping, Cheltenham

This un-prompted compliment was most welcome

A mixed selection of York stone cut by hand on site to minimise the jointing gap. Limestone cobbles sourced on site

A mixed selection of York stone cut by hand on site to minimise the jointing gap. Limestone cobbles sourced on site.

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Looks so shiny after cleaning

There was a bank of grass. The designer had the idea to make stone risers and grass treads. We found these cills from an old Mill House in Halifax which seem to have done the job perfectly. I think this is one of the best things we have ever built.

There was a bank of grass. The designer had the idea to make stone risers and grass treads. We found these cills from an old Mill House in Halifax which seem to have done the job perfectly. I think this is one of the best and most interesting things we have ever built.

'5 men went to lay, went to lay a meadow'. Not a true wildflower meadow but a pictorial meadow as seen at the Olympic Park.

‘5 men went to lay, went to lay a meadow’. Not a true wildflower meadow but a pictorial meadow as seen at the Olympic Park.

Laid and the grass seed starting to emerge.

Laid and the grass seed starting to germinate.

Specimen tree planting – Lower Slaughter, Cotswolds

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Oct 302015
 

We recently cleared an over grown border in Lower Slaughter for planting in the spring. While this was much needed it was apparent afterwards that removing a tree from my home opened up views of the bin store from the neighbouring hotel. A big evergreen tree required.

The problem was the only access into the garden was a through a 95cm wide gate which meant we couldn’t get any machinery in. Cue a few tricks learnt over the years for moving things you can’t lift or drag.

 

Walk like an Egyptian

Walk like an Egyptian

Day release

Day release

Arbutus unedo - bins screened.

Arbutus unedo – bins gone.

Apr 062015
 

Part of my extraordinary enjoyment in this work is the wonderful places it takes me. I have been lucky enough to see some not many do and that many would like to. A recent project has made a new entry into my top ten work places. We are implementing the first phase in what i hope will become a multi layered garden landscape built considerately over a few years.

 

Chris loves his job nearly as much as me

Chris loves his job nearly as much as me

Moody morning in the garden

Moody morning in the garden

Unloading some native specimen trees

Unloading some native specimen trees

Top right; a solar eclipse. These don't expose too well on a phone

Top right; a solar eclipse. These don’t expose too well on a phone

 

Apr 062015
 

It felt like time for an update of the fun we have been having through the winter. We seem to have been fortunate with the weather which has allowed us to get on with some really good work and the diary is slowly filling up with bigger and better projects for the spring and early summer.

 

Our newest member, Callum, was very happy with his first garden in Cheltenham

Our newest member, Callum, was very happy with his first garden in Cheltenham

A simple design which shall reveal itself once the summer comes

A simple design which shall reveal itself once the summer comes

A surprising scene plant buying in the West Midlands

A surprising scene plant buying in the West Midlands

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The little one auditions for a Terry Gilliam film

 

Part way through a recent large Yorkstone patio

Part way through a recent large Yorkstone patio

An example of a recent proposal

An example of a recent proposal

The garden design for our next project

The garden design for our next project