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Garden Design Willesden Green visual 6

This client wanted a gardener’s garden. Whilst the client is a keen gardener they are also getting on in life and therefore wanted a garden that is more manageable. The Garden Design, Willesden Green in this garden is currently on a reasonably steep gradient, making it difficult to grow plants or indeed create any defined landscape. There is also a need for some storage at the far end of the garden as well as a small utility area for potting up and storing things.

Garden Design Willesden Green

Landscape Design Willesden Green

The space has been divided in to four sections each with a 40cm rise, allowing a much easier transition from one end of the garden to the next. The area directly outside the back door can remain the same should the client wish, however to replace with a lighter colored stone such as Indian Sandstone would be preferable. The next level is retained with a block rendered masonry wall, to which a railway sleeper bench is attached to give ease of gardening in this bed. Ascending  3 shallow steps to the first level where an area of decking is covered with a wooden pergola, to aid privacy from the tall building behind and to allow a little height to combat the overbearing nature of the surroundings, the client can also use this to grow scented climbing plants as well as having some shade, should she choose. A lavender bed to the left of this decking allows for year round interest.

Garden design Willesden Green

The third terrace access via a gravel pathway meets the gate at the side of the property, to allow for access to the shed and storage area at the back of the garden. A raised bed allows the client to grow some vegetables without the need for bending down to tend to the plants too much. The third terrace also allows for a small lawn, which could be artificial lawn should the client feel that real grass is too much work.

The fourth terrace houses a shed and optional storage, placed on gravel.

Thick Bamboo poles sunk into the masonry walls provide a semi screen from the shed whilst again creating interest with height and allowing to display showy climber of the clients own hanging baskets.

Landscape Design Willesden Green

Willesden Green Garden Design

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Landscape Design Willesden Green

Clearance and preparation    
~ Remove existing paving and sub-base    
~ Remove existing lawn    
~ Remove general garden waste    
Waste disposal (skip hire)    
Paving (MOT base)    
Install sandstone various patios as per design:     
To comprise:    
~ Excavate areas to be paved to depth of approx. 150mm – 175mm below finished level of paving (paving should
   be at least 150mm below the damp proof course of any adjoining building)    
~ Lay MoT hardcore base at 100mm compacted thickness     
~ Install drainage channels and connect to wastewater drian     
~ Install Indian Sandstone paving in random pattern (various sizes of slabs) to cover approximately 28 square
   metres (including treads on each set of steps)    
All materials for above    
Disposal of excavated waste    
* Paving to be laid on full mortar bed (min. 25mm thick). Mortar joint sizes not to exceed 10mm.
  Paving to be laid with 1:80 run-off to drainage points.    
Gravel path     
Install pathways (including around proposed shed at bottom of garden) as per design. To comprise:
~ Install weed suppressing membrane    
~ Install gravel dressing at 50mm depth    
Lay softwood decking as per design. To comprise:    
~ Install pressure treated timber support posts in concrete foundations as necessary  
~ Construct frame from pressure treated timber using exterior timber screws and galvanised steel joit hangers
~ Install weed suppressing membrane    
~ Install softwood decking boards (145mm x 22mm) to cover approx 8 sq metres. Green coated deck screws to fix. 
Board direction as per design    
All boards to be laid with expansion joints of not more than 5mm  
All screws to be countersunk    
Retaining walls and steps (with bamboo screens)    
Construct retaining walls, raised bed and steps as per design. Includes 2 x bamboo cane ‘screens’ as designed. To comprise:
~ Excavate and lay concrete foundations 500mm (w) x 300mm (d)  
~ Construct construct block walls (225mm thick) to retain terraces, along front and sides of each terrace.
   Insert drainage weep holes at 1000mm intervals. Total amount of wall approx. Hollow concrete blocks to be used to
   construct retaining walls. Backfill hollow walls with concrete.    
~ Coat rear of retaining walls with paint-on waterproof membrane  
~ Render block walls. External render bead to be used to achieve smooth, chip-free lines  
~ Paint walls with weatherproof masonary paint (client to choose colour)  
~ Back fill the terraces to level using soil from foundation excavations    
~ Install bamboo poles in wall, as per design. 15 poles in total. Each pole 100mm in diameter with 1.7m visible above ground.
~ Imported soil to part-fill raised planting bed*     
All materials for above    
Construct softwood timber structure (2500mm high), as per design. To comprise:  
~ Pressure treated 100mm x 100mm timber     
~ Exterior timber screws to fix    
~ Concrete to secure support posts (minimum 600mm in ground)  
~ Dark woodstain to treat    
Railway sleeper bench seat    
Construct railway sleeper bench seat as per design. To comprise:  
~ New pressure treated softwood railway sleepers    
~ Timberlock screws to fix    
~ Stainless steel threaded rod and nuts to secure to wall    
Waste disposal    
Install plants to all beds as per planting list in supplied design presentation. To include:  
~ Decorative bark chips to mulch planting beds (at depth of approximately 50mm)  
~ Labour prepare beds and install plants     
Artificial Lawn    
Install artificial lawn (approx 4500mm x 3500mm) as per design. To comprise:  
~ Luxury artificial turf with two-tone pile*    
~ Compacted sharp sand base    
~ Kiln dried sand to dress    
~ ‘Everedge’ classic lawn edging to retain    
~ Labour to lay    
* Please note that artificial turf is supplied in 4 metre wide rolls, therefore some wastage may occur
Various lighting and electrical installation. To comprise:    
~ 4 X Stainless Steel adjustable mounted spotlights for corner posts of pergola  
~ 24 x low voltage spike spotlights throughout planting beds    
~ Rope light to install beneath railway sleeper ‘floating’ bench seat  
All necessary connectors, lamps (bulbs) and transformers for fittings  
All electrical installation materials*, to include RCD, armoured cabling, weatherproof switch**, etc
Electrical installation by qualified electrician***    
Labour to manually install fittings    
* All electrical materials to be suitable for exterior use and rated to at least IP65 where appropriate
** Lighting to run on one single circuit,  i.e. controlled by a single switch (all lights come on together). The exact location of the 
 switch will be determined on site and may be dependent on the recommendations of the electrician
*** A copy of the appropriate NICEIC Domestic Electrical Installation Certificate will be given to the client on completion of the work
PLEASE NOTE (1): Wherever possible, all cabling and junction boxes will be hidden. However, due to wiring regulations and the nature 
of some of the materials used, in some cases this may not be possible and some cables, boxes, etc may be visible. These will be made 
as inconspicuous and sympathetic with the style and finish of the garden as possible.   
PLEASE NOTE (2): The above specifications and quoted price for the work is dependent on the existing interior electrical installation 
being safe and suitable for the addition of further wiring/fittings (for example the main consumer unit must be must be properly earthed). If it 
becomes apparent during installation that the existing electrical installation is unsafe/unsuitable for purpose then Earth Designs may be 
unable to complete the exterior installation (i.e. Earth Designs may be unable to connect the installation to the mains power or issue a 
certificate) until the client has undertaken the necessary remedial work. The cost of any necessary remedial works is not included in the 
quoted price above. It remains the responsibility of the client to organise and contract any necessary remedial work, although Earth 
Designs may administrate/organise this for the client at additional cost on request.

  Astrantia major ‘Claret’  Astrantia
Clematis ‘Fleuri’   Clematis ‘Fleuri’
Lavandula angustifolia ‘Lavender Lady’ Lavender ‘Lavender Lady’
Lonicera ‘Copper Beauty’  Honeysuckle ‘Copper Beauty’
Phlomis italica  Phlomis
Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Tom Thumb’  Pittosporum ‘Tom Thumb’
Rosa ‘Climbing Cécile Brunner’  Rose ‘Climbing Cécile Brunner
Rosa Jenny’s Rose Rose Jenny’s Rose
Sedum spectabile ‘Star Dust’  Ice plant ‘Star Dust’
Solanum crispum ‘Glasnevin’ Potato tree ‘Glasnevin’
Stachys byzantina  Lambs ears
Trachelospermum jasminoides Confederate Jasmine