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What is Involved in Designing a Garden

When you contact us we will arrange to visit you to discuss what you wish to achieve and any features you may wish include in your new garden, view the site, discuss the best way to progress and costs.  The initial visit is free with a standard black and white final design drawing in the region of £650 -£750 from which the garden could be built.

A time will have to be arranged to survey the existing garden area and note items that you wish to retain, take full measurements, calculate height differences, soil type, surrounding areas and existing features to enable the design process to begin.

Our job is to listen to your vision, wants and needs, the physical restraints of the site, offering advice and inspiration to then produce a layout that incorporates all these factors.  This layout can then be discussed and any changes made then a plan can be produced in draft form for approval.

Finally a meeting to present the completed garden design which will be either hand drawn, inked and fully annotated or a CAD document, as required, which is the blueprint for your garden plus a copy for your implementation or given to your chosen landscaper.

In addition to this bespoke design there are several additional options you may wish to consider:

Maintenance Schedules

Materials Lists and Quantities

SUDS, Water Storage and Irrigation

A Design for Specific areas of the Garden

Specifications (for obtaining Quotations)

Full Project Management

Planting Plans

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Water in the Garden

Water features take many styles, sizes and construction methods. In ancient times water in the garden was used for air conditioning, a place to grow fish or fowl for food or to symbolise rivers and other natural features but in modern gardens the uses are normally for light reflection, the sound of the water running, attracting wildlife, growing water plants or ornamental fish and cascades in rockeries.

The style of the garden often dictates the type of water feature included from a simple half barrel with something the water pours out of to a natural swimming pool and all between.

Open water can be made safer with the inclusion of safety grids placed just on or below the surface that are strong enough to take the weight of a grown man but are invisible from a short distance, often used in school premises where natural ponds are used to increase biodiversity and an interest in natural things, they also protect the fish and amphibians in the ponds from predators.

Water features do not have to have open water, some may have cascades that fall into shingle, or similar, and disappear into a sump for circulation.

As with most things there are dangers with water features that need to be addressed, the safety of the area for all and in particular children has to be assessed and there are issues with water and electricity together, appropriate fixtures and fittings need to be used installed and checked by qualified contractors.