Site visits and consultation

A meeting on site provides us with the expectations of the client and the sense of place.  This is followed up by a written brief for discussion - a vital document upon which the design is based.

Site survey and site analysis arranged

Site surveys and analyses are necessary parts of the garden design process to determine the size and shape of the landscape to be designed.  A full topographical survey is commissioned from professional surveyors.  We then prepare a Site Survey and Inventory for an accurate record of everything within and outside the site that in anyway affects it.

Outline Sketches & Ideas for discussion

Following discussions with the client a scaled plan is finalised and drawings made to help visualise the design if necessary.  Detailed construction drawings for the builder and Planting Plans / Schedules are prepared.  These, together with the design plans(s), provide all the detail for the garden to be built and provide a basis for fixing the budget.

Detailed Plan (2D and 3D CAD). Construction, drawings, planting

We create our designs using only professional CAD software to ensure accuracy.  Many clients find that added perspective helpful in visualising the final project so 3D plans can also be included as part of the design package.  The use of CAD software for the design enables any amendments to be made quickly and easily so that they can be emailed straight to the client for approval.

Specification (hard and soft landscaping) and Tender

The Specification document details exactly how the garden is to be built and is sent to 3 different contractors for cost itemisation and production of a bill of works.  The consultancy only works  with contractors who achieve the highest building standards and deliver value.

Project Management 

We are able to monitor all works to completion ensuring that the project is finished to a high standard, to agreed timetables and budget.

Planning Permission for Landscaping Works

Planning permission is a system where the local authority can consent to building and landscaping work.  Most types of landscaping work do not require planning consent.  However there may be rules if the project is sited within an Area of Outstanding Beauty (AONB) or in a Conservation Area.  Trees may be protected under a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) and any works in the vicinity of the tree will have to avoid tree root damage.  We can help with this process, working with local councils and organising a Tree Protection Plan (TPP) and Arboricultural Methods Statement (AMS)