Garden design hotline #7:

Hadleigh garden design for all the family

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This client was searching for a Hadleigh garden design and landscaping company in Essex. They were looking for a Hadleigh garden design, and called out senior designer Katrina Kieffer-Wells. They had a large garden that had remained untouched for some time and were looking for some creative solutions to turn it into a fabulous family space.

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A garden design sketch for Hadleigh Essex that appeals to all the family

As they wanted so many things from the garden, Katrina set about dividing it up into sections each with a different use. She placed a raised bed made from railway sleepers for some “grow your own” in line with the existing shed. And gave the bottom half of the garden over to the younger members of the family.

Play area

Trampolines are unforgiving. Katrina managed to propose a square trampoline that could be tucked in behind the existing structure and hidden. The huge oak tree in the garden was such a dominant feature of the space that it needed to be embraced. An elaborate playhouse/treehouse was proposed with a interconnecting rope bridge and slide.


Being a family space, having a lawn is important. By adding a pathway around the edge of the lawn, it serves two purposes: one is to make it easier to mow the lawn as a clear mow line is defined, he second is that it becomes a track. Kids can ride their bikes, scooters, or just push the toy cars around it. It kills two birds with one stone.

Dining area

The area close to the house was to be set aside for more adult relaxation. In this Hadleigh garden design, an integrated bench formed an L-shape to the left of the space. At its end it travels vertically and horizontally across the space in order that it could tie in with the hot tub. A raised bed running behind the bench helps to define this area.

Hot tub

The client had been given a hot tub and were wondering whether to sink it or not. The budget was not that big, and to create a sunken hot tub would have been a costly exercise. Katrina proposed that the hot tub was clad around two sides, with steps leading up to it on another. This way it would give the appearance of being part of the interface of the garden but for another cost.

Specimen trees

By bringing a specimen trees up close to the house, it plays with the sense of scale. Katrina use this design technique to give the space a playful, magical feel. Three olive trees were proposed to run parallel to the fences, creating a visual divide between the dining and lounging area.

Book your free garden design consultation now by contacting Katrina and Matt on 01702 597587 or email us at