How I work

How I Work

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    Initial consultation

    I will meet you on site to discuss your aspirations for the garden, and how you intend to use the space. This meeting is usually free of charge. I will then draw up a written brief for the project, which will include details of the process and an estimate of the likely costs involved.

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    A full survey will be required to detail the layout of the site, existing features, utilities, level changes, and views. I will usually carry out this survey myself, but on complex sites, it may be necessary to commission a specialist surveyor. I will also carry out soil analysis and will make a full photographic survey.

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    Initial concept and sketches

    I will produce sketches of the proposed layout of the garden, along with mood boards to illustrate the look and style. We will discuss these before moving to a final, detailed design.

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    Detailed presentation plan

    This is a scale plan (usually A1 size) which shows the layout of the garden, the position of key features, including paving, screening and flowerbeds, and any named trees. It provides sufficient information on materials and dimensions to allow a competent builder to determine the likely build cost. Should you wish to commission more detailed construction specifications, I will provide these for an additional fee.

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    Planting plans

    I will provide a set of planting plans for your garden. These will show the size and position of plants, along with a schedule for easy ordering, and a montage of images to give a sense of the final planting scheme.

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    Building your garden

    I can work with your own builder or I can introduce you to local contractors. The contractual relationship is between you and the appointed business. If required, I can project manage the building process for an hourly fee.

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    Supply of plants

    I source plants at discounted rates from quality nurseries across the North of England and Scotland.


I tend to take on a small number of commissions so I can give each one the attention it deserves. I have a 2-3 month waiting list all year-round. As you can imagine, I’m even busier from Easter onwards and by May or June I’m usually fully booked for the year ahead.

Likely cost

Each garden is different. It may be useful, however, to have some idea of costs. For a modern new-build garden of average size (10m x 15m), a design concept and presentation plan would cost approximately £450, with planting plans an additional £150. For projects where an hourly fee is more appropriate, my rate is £40. I do not charge for travel time or expenses. I am not VAT-registered. Landscaping costs are contracted separately with a builder and vary depending on the specification. It would be unlikely that a modern new-build garden of this size would cost less than £8-10,000 to build, and a further £1-2,000 to plant.