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A Town Garden in Huntingdon Avenue

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

A collaboration between Gardenproud and local designer Micheal Taylor, to create a town garden in Huntingdon Avenue, Tunbridge Wells.

Huntingdon Avenue is set in the prestigious new Royal Wells Park development by Berkeley Homes. It comprises of a mix of medium and larger proportioned town houses and apartments. The town houses all benefit from small gardens adjoining terraces, leading off kitchen and dining areas.

The approach to Gardenproud came through a recommendation.

Our client had recently moved into the property from a nearby house and enjoyed her gardening. She therefore wanted to create an outdoor space that would provide an interesting vista from the house, with room to develop and maintain a planting scheme. The design needed to include a pond, a summerhouse, plus provide some screening from nearby buildings. It needed to include a patio area adjoining the kitchen, plus beds for planting.

Mike came up with an innovative concept, that maximised the use of the space and created interesting focal points. The team at Gardenproud then helped bring this to life with working drawings, turning the concept into a 3 dimensional space and adding attributes, including the mirrored monoliths, raised bed and pond features.

Client Mari Mason, commented…..

“I am delighted with the gorgeous garden that the team at Gardenproud have produced for me.

Tim has worked closely with Mike and me, interpreting our design and adding beautiful touches of his own. Throughout the project he has been sensitive to my wishes, and has made changes as needed.

The team working in the garden were wonderful, always cheerful and a pleasure to have around, despite working through some of the most unpleasant December and January weather.

The workmanship throughout is of the very highest standard with attention to every detail. I thoroughly recommend the whole Gardenproud team, and I am certain they will create your dream garden, as they have mine.”

For further information about this garden and our work in Huntingdon Avenue, or a copy of our case study brochure, please contact Tim Sykes on 07725 173820, or via email at reallygardenproud@btinternet.com

New Look at Gardenproud!

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

The new Gardenproud brochure is printed and available for you to see.

It features some of the highlights from our recent Landscaping projects.

To get your copy, or for more information about our

Design, Construction or Maintenance services,

just contact us at info@reallygardenproud.com

or, call Tim Sykes on 07725 173820

Winter Garden Repair Service

Sunday, January 13th, 2013

It’s at times like this that we can see the impact of the Autumn and Winter months on the garden. The lack of foliage often draws our attention to problems that need addressing.

It might be a broken fence panel or post, a shed roof that needs resurfacing, a patio or terrace that needs repointing, broken walls, lawn edging, decking surfaces that require cleaning and recoating, pathway and driveway repairs, or broken garden or water features.

These are just a few of the many tasks that you may be facing in the garden that are beyond the remit of your gardener, but nevertheless need attention.

The Gardenproud Landscaping Team are here to help. If you are interested we’d welcome the opportunity to call and discuss any particular tasks you would like addressed, or undertake a review of your garden and provide a list of potential repairs that might deserve consideration.

Now, while the garden is still relatively dormant, is the best time to address these issues.

If you would like us to help then please contact Tim Sykes on 07725 173820

From dangerous bog to running water

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

A client recently asked us to apply our minds to how we could enhance a water feature in his garden and create a safer, more beautiful running stream.

The stream had silted up over the years and this silt had become weed infested and reacted like quick sand when you tried to walk anywhere near it.

Similarly the banks of the stream looked uninteresting and deserved attention. Part of the historical problem here had been that the steepness had made it almost impossible to maintain and had resulted in one or two gardeners slipping back into the muddy abyss below!

Everybody agreed that it was a potentially rather attractive feature of the garden, but it deserved some attention.

The Gardenproud team came up with a plan that dredged the stream, created a permanent liner for the new stream with improvements to the rock waterfalls, recycled the silt as a soil improver along the banks, and incorporated a new maintenance pathway and rockery along the once steep upper bank.

First step was to clear the site of weeds and plants that might get damaged by the works. Then the digger came in!

This dredged the silt and took the stream surface down to a more solid base. Then Gardenproud laid a tough PVC membraine along the entire run of the stream ( some 50m) factoring in the different levels created by a series of shallow waterfalls. This was affixed one side to the supports for a new timber and bark pathway and on the other to a treated timber framework that was pegged into the ground.

Pebbles were laid along the surface of the new stream, and the Rock surfaces of the waterfalls were relaid and improved.

Some VERY large rocks were sourced and these were very kindly moved into the rear garden by a very friendly farmer. We then had the task of lifting these into their new positions on the steep upper bank. One rather heavy specimen didn’t quite make it but looks fine in it’s new resting place!

Rocks in place and the digger and other machinery could be taken off site. Next step was to get the pathways in and repair, rotovate, grade and reshape lawned areas adjoining the new beds and the stream. A rather large quantity of turf was needed! So this involved a large lorry, a large rotovator and a lot of barrowing.

The finished result is looking really good. Nice safe bark pathways, clear running water, a rockery, new upper and lower banks ready to plant and a newly landscaped and laid lawn area.

The client wanted to add a few very important comments to our blog post……….

“The stream has been a worry to me for the last ten years or so. When the first of our eight grandchildren was able to walk freely and enjoy a degree of independence (from adults that is) in this large garden I was greatly relieved. Ideas in the past have been considered and discarded, but it was when I made contact with Tim on another problem I was having to address (too many mature trees blocking the sunlight), that we discussed the stream and surrounding area and how to address the risks. Tim came up with an exciting plan, at a reasonable cost, given the difficulties in accessing the site with heavy equipment and the site being some way from the house and the road. Years of leaf mould were removed from the stream to be used on the bed prior to planting and the base made secure. The whole exercise took about four weeks, but it was four weeks well spent. All the boys who did the heavy work should be complimented on their commitment and enterprise. It was at times a dirty job but now the structural work has been completed, my wife and I are delighted with the result. The exciting part is still to come of course – deciding on the planting – but by the Summer of 2013, I shall be proud to show visitors what can be achieved with a little vision, and a whole lot of hard work and enterprise. It was a garden for children; it is now a safe garden for children, who will always be made welcome. My thanks to Tim, George and Daniel and ‘the boys’ for an excellent job completed in the right spirit.”

David Burton, Beechwood House (September 2012)

So next step is a planting plan for the rockery and lower beds.

For further information about our experience or help with water features call Tim Sykes on 07725 173820.

2012 – Happy New Garden!

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Happy New Year to you all from Gardenproud.

There’s nothing quite like a beautiful garden in full bloom to lift the spirits!

And as we all sit watching The News at Ten and listen to the threat of a double-dip recession we all need something to hang onto.

Well for just £250, plus the dreaded VAT( I’m sorry according to George Osborne this isn’t likely to be coming down yet) we can make you feel better and hopefully inspire you onto greater things!

That’s all it costs for Gardenproud to provide a series of concepts demonstrating how you can transform your garden. It maybe that you just want a fresh look at your planting, or a new terrace designed, or a vegetable garden, or the kids are getting bigger and you need to re-think the front driveway, or maybe you’ve bucked the trend and just moved into a new house and the whole garden needs a re-think. Whatever your desires we have the experience and expertise to help you realise your dream.

Don’t leave it till the tulips come out, call us now and be sure to have a much improved view by the Spring.

For a FREE consultation call Tim Sykes on 07725 173820 today, or email us at info@reallygardenproud.com

Create a Garden in Mayfield!

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

Challenge

Quite simply – create a garden!

The Client had recently moved into a new home at an exclusive estate in Mayfield, East Sussex.

The developer had provided them with a large garden with a basic grassed area surrounded by some hedge screening.

-       There were no flower beds

-       The site was exposed to rabbits and other animals

-       The land steeply fell away in places rendering spaces unusable unless cleverly adapted

-       A large volume of building waste still existed above and below ground

-       There was the problem of disguising a water outlet and pipes acting as an overflow to a nearby reed bed

-       The only access to the site was via a flight of 13 steps

The Client wanted the garden to be relatively low maintenance and for areas to harmonize with the surrounding woodland. They also wanted to provide for storage of bikes and garden machinery/equipment and create a log store.

Solution

Gardenproud designed a solution that transformed the shape of the rear space and provided for a staged build process that included a garden and enlarged rear terrace.

The site was cleared of rubble and the perimeter was secured to minimize any animal infestation.

The new garden was created incorporating a number of features and focal points. This included an ingenious adaptation of the water outlet into two sets of waterfalls and rockeries with surrounding planting.  It included a woodland pathway leading to a vista point where a new solid oak bench has been erected. Here you can sit and enjoy an extended viewpoint down a waterfall and beyond the garden into a woodland stream below.

A number of specimen trees have been planted to create strong verticals and under one of these a beautiful tree seat has been situated.

There is a shed built on a platform with a composting system fitted behind it, and a log store to its side.  A bike shed separately uses an otherwise wasted corner.

Finally a planting plan was created and the new beds were filled with appropriate shrubs and perennials. All the beds were then mulched.

We are pleased to report that the client was delighted with the finished result and since completing the project Gardenproud have been invited to tender for two further properties on the same development.

A garden to harmonise with a contemporary house transformation

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011

Challenge

The Client was undertaking a major refurbishment of their house, transforming it from a rather ordinary looking 1960′s property into a contemporary structure reminiscent of North American cedar clad buildings.

The garden was suffering from collateral damage from the building works and this needed remedying.

The Client also wished to create new pathways, a much enhanced pond and water feature, and wanted the terraces refurbished.

Gardenproud were required to dovetail their works schedule with all the contractors on site.

Solution

Gardenproud designed a series of pathways and beds that improved the presentation and access around the house.

They also designed a new waterfall feature, plus sandstone surround that helped transform this area into a subtropical terrace thus integrating with the building design.

New centralised steps were incorporated, dramatising the view of the terraces from the garden and improving access.

The upper terrace was cleaned, completely relayed, re-styled and re-pointed to work with new door and window openings.

An area to the side of the house was enhanced with further timber steps, driftwood, rocks and tropical plants.

Finally the lawns were re-turfed and fertilised in areas where they had received heavy damage.

All the works were completed on schedule and project managed by Gardenproud to cause least disruption to the Client, their labrador Nelson and other contractors.

A walled garden in the centre of Tunbridge Wells

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011

Challenge

Revive and re-integrate 2 gardens previously separated and more recently damaged by extensive building works.

Update a space previously the domain of 2 teenage boys into a multi-purpose garden with a bias towards adults.

Include a water feature to help combat local traffic noise.

Incorporate entertaining areas and extend the use of the garden beyond daylight.

Create focal points and improve the privacy of the area.


Solution

Gardenproud designed a garden to harmonise with a new orangery and surrounding terraces. This included creating a series of pathways to integrate the two gardens, designed in a pattern to dramatise the footprint of the house and it’s new extension.

A mediterrenean style pond and fountain were incorporated, creating a point of focus and soothing background noise. Trellis was used to unify the gardens and extend the privacy afforded by the walls.

A central seating area featured a handmade Edwardian bench and 2 unusual urns. Spot and back lighting was built in to create subtle light effects against wall panels and behind trellising – all switched via a remote from inside the new orangery.

A decking entertaining area was incorporated and a folly in the shape of an intriguing doorway made sense of some victorian steps that led nowhere. All the beds were redesigned and replanted and finally the lawn area was relayed.

Phase 2 is to redesign the front garden!