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To be or not to be, That is the Question: Following in Your Parents Footsteps!

To be or not to be, That is the Question: Following in Your Parents Footsteps!

Potentially, for some, the prospect of following in the footsteps of your parents is not always the most desirable career path one can take. The child in any professional household, in any era, may wish to strike out and forge their own destiny. However, a recent article in the FT Weekend Magazine brought to my…

…And it’s Goodbye from Him…

...And it's Goodbye from Him...

All good things must come to an end. It is with a heavy heart that I have to reveal that today, Thursday 26th November, is my last day at Oakleigh Manor. I am moving onto pastures new and I am very excited about the next stage of my career. Having said that, the decision to…

The Sublime Simplicity of Japanese Gardens Ideas

The Sublime Simplicity of Japanese Gardens Ideas

If there is one thing that’s commonplace with homeowners, especially in the South-East of England, it is their adventurous nature regarding the décor of their gardens. It seems everyone has simultaneously agreed to take on worldly garden aesthetics. Myself included… There are homes with gardens that are largely influenced by Mediterranean themes, by the energy…

Turning Japanese?

Turning Japanese?

Anyone else a fan of the early-1980s new wave band the Vapors? Me too! I that case, I’m the song title which has been taken by the heading of this blog post brings back various memories for you. However, I won’t talk about the intricacies of 1980s music any longer, although I would like to!…

Only 193 Sleeps ‘Til…

Only 193 Sleeps 'Til...

…the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016! With Christmas, all I seem to hear is “only x amount of sleeps until Christmas”, or other variants of the phrase. However, all the while I am excited for the festive period, duty calls first! And one of my duties here at Oakleigh Manor is to keep the Blog…

Dublin to Dargate?

Dublin to Dargate?

Wow, it’s been a long time since we’ve done one of these! However, if you are a regular receiver of the Oakleigh Journal, our monthly e-newsletter, you may be familiar with the fact that Rupert Davis, the Chartered Landscape Architect who had been with us for many years, has moved on to pastures new. Due…

Project Update 2: Landscaping in Folkestone, Kent

Project Update 2: Landscaping in Folkestone, Kent

Here’s the highly-sought after second Project Update blog post for the Landscaping project we currently have in progress in Folkestone, Kent. You may recall that this project is one of our largest this year; if you need your memory refreshed surrounding this job, click here to read the first Project Update blog. However, in this,…

Project Update: Landscaping in Sevenoaks, Kent

Project Update: Landscaping in Sevenoaks, Kent

For those of you who receive our monthly e-newseltter in the Oakleigh Journal on the first Monday of every month, you may be familiar with the fact that we currently have two of our largest landscaping projects of the year underway simultaneously. One of them is in Folkestone and we will bring you the second…

32,000 Reasons to Save a Wildlife Garden

32,000 Reasons to Save a Wildlife Garden

The image to your left is a photograph, courtesy of foter.com, of the stunning Natural History Museum in London. If you haven’t been before, I personally strongly recommend it; I went once on a school trip and I loved it, but not as much on my second visit in my twenties! It’s great fun for all…

Moakleigh Manor?

I’m sure you have heard of ‘Movember’; for the month of November, men all over the world grow moustaches to help raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer and testicular cancer, as well as mental health issues. This has been circulating since 2003 thanks to The Movember Foundation, a worldwide charity set…

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