The clients brief was to:
- Create a garden that was safe to use for family and friends of all ages, including elderly relatives
- improve the size of the patio
- design the planting to hide white rendered walls.
- create space for decking, platforms and different levels
- remove existing lawn area
- create a space for entertaining and outdoor eating
- maximize the views from the garden but retain some privacy from neighbours
- include a pond to help attract wildlife
- An area for a hot tub
- The garden was located on a very steep slope with a large retaining bank at the rear of the house
- Access was limited to a poorly constructed set of steps. The new design created a ramp along the side of the house and a set of steps. During construction this ramp gave access for machinery and materials.
- Using the existing slope in the design without creating tonnes of muck-away was challenging
- Creating safe access and steps around the garden without resulting in one long staircase
The new garden:
Using decking to create platforms and steps the garden became easy to navigate around – while raised planting beds and rusted steel screens provided an interesting route to move through the garden.
Privacy was created for the hot tub area by using metal screens and planting large evergreen shrubs.
The main deck created gives plenty of room for garden furniture and for entertaining.
The APL judges’ commented, “Superb job that fitted in seamlessly with existing landscape. The stonework was impressive.”
Frogheath also received a special Community Award for their project Donkey’s Matter.
The garden sponsored by The Donkey Sanctuary was built to act as a focal point to celebrate the charity’s 50th anniversary and to showcase its international work. Designed by Christina Williams and Annie Prebensen, the ‘Donkeys Matter’ garden uses water as its central theme, demonstrating how owning a donkey means access to clean and fresh water for some of the poorest and most vulnerable communities in the world.
The judges’ commented, “A lovely feature at the Donkey Sanctuary which will be admired by all visitors.”
Frogheath are also very proud to announce that one of our apprentices Harry Funnel who is now a fully qualified Landscaper won the APL Rising Star award. Having trained at Frogheath on the apprenticeships scheme he is now craving his way to a fabulous career as a landscaper.
A note from the Director of Frogheath Landscapes.
“Designing gardens is an absolute pleasure for us at Frogheath – it is made even more worthwhile when our gardens get the recognition from our peers and win awards!
Hilltop Hideaway and the Donkeys Matter garden were a fabulous opportunity for us to showcase a range of work and skills. We are also very proud of Harry winning the Rising star award. He has worked so hard and is so passionate about landscaping he’s a real joy to work with and we look forward to seeing him develop as one of the rising stars in Landscaping”.
Stephen Moody, Director