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Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown 300th Anniversary

Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown 300th Anniversary

              2016 marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of England’s greatest gardener, Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. To mark the occasion there will be a year-long celebration of the life and work of ‘Capability’ Brown. He changed the face of eighteenth century gardening, designing country estates and mansions, moving hills…

Oakleigh Manor Enters Chelsea Football Club Stadium Gate Competition

  Chelsea Football Club has submitted an application to redevelop its stadium, Stamford Bridge. Keen to build upon its status as a community club Chelsea FC have opened up design elements of the redevelopment to its supporters. A competition has recently closed to design gates for the Stamford Bridge itself, which crosses the West London…

NHS England To Develop Healthy Towns

NHS England is embarking upon a radical rethink of how we live in the built environment. NHS England is teaming up with architects, town planners and landscape architects in an ambitious project to develop ten ‘healthy towns’ across the country. It is thought that a more considered approach to our built environment can make a…

Progress Report: Oakleigh Manor’s First Extension

  Extension works are coming on nicely with construction well underway for Oakleigh Manor’s first building extension. The walls are formed and the roof is ready to be weatherproofed with GRP. In the meantime, the garden works are marching ahead with the tumbled sandstone being laid to the terrace, pre-formed steps and wall capping detail….

10 Must See Gardens In The UK

Alnwick Garden, Northumberland Aside from the gardens themselves, though they are spectacular in their own right, to my mind the main draw to Alnwick is the Treehouse. Nestled in mature lime trees the Treehouse is built from sustainably sourced materials. Located in the heart of the Treehouse is one of the most unique restaurants to…

Victor Grennan Explores Parc Andre Citroën

Victor Grennan Explores Parc Andre Citroën

In this blog Oakleigh Manor Landscape Architect, Victor Grennan, explores what influenced the design of one of his favourite Parisian landscapes, Parc Andre Citroën. Victor also reflects on how the designers’ saw the park fitting into the Parisian landscape and how they intended visitors to interact with it.   Parc Andre Citroën, in the 15th…

Royal Academy Exhibit: ‘Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse’

The Royal Academy’s exhibition, Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse, opened Saturday 30th January and will run until Wednesday 20th April. Featuring works from the likes of Monet, Renoir, Kandinsky and Matisse the exhibit explores the influence and relationship between the garden and art. ‘I perhaps owe it to flowers that I became a…

Bare Root and Root Ball Planting Season!

Though some readers may well have completed their bare-root and root-ball planting in the late autumn and early winter the ship has certainly not sailed for those who haven’t. Another prime time to plant your trees and shrubs is fast approaching, in the shape of the late winter and early spring.  To ensure the success…

Attracting Native Mammals Into Your Garden

Attracting Native Mammals Into Your Garden

Regardless of whether your garden is in the heart of the city or deep in the countryside the chances are that you will receive the occasional visitor. But, wherever you are or whatever the size of your garden with a little work you are sure to be rewarded with sights of native British mammals. Though…

Testimonial – Wilson

Testimonial - Wilson

It is always rewarding to receive words of thanks on completion of a project, and today is no exception. Today we received these kind words of thanks from Mr Wilson after installing an Automated Whingham Gate. Please be good enough to pass on my thanks to all the lads who were involved in the installation of…

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