A project that has been ongoing throughout most of the year has been one for a private client of ours in Mersham, a small village near Ashford in Kent. This picturesque settlement is known for its winding country roads, being mentioned in the Domesday Book as well as being owned by the Archbishops of Canterbury for over half a millennium. However, now it has another claim to fame: the site of an excellent landscaping project by Oakleigh Manor!
The project has encompassed works for both the Driveway and the rear garden. However, with the former currently in construction, in this latest Portfolio addition I am bringing you the finished back garden, which looks stunning! I had a nice day weather-wise when I visited the property to take photographs, which always helps! But your eyes aren’t drawn to the blue skies; they are envious of a Garden Design we have brought to life through the skilled Landscape Construction which has formed the foundations of our ever-growing reputation in the industry.
Have a good look through of a select few photographs from the project in the slideshow, as below we will outline how we managed it:
Let’s start with the terrace areas. For that of the Grey Granite paving, topsoil was first excavated, before the installation of a geotextile membrane, a 10cm deep layer of recycled hardcore and a 10cm deep layer of Type 1. This all formed the sub-base, before both Silver Grey Granite flags and Black Granite planks were installed, both onto a 20-40mm thick 1:4 plasticised mortar bed. This was finalised with the grouting of all joints with a black 1:3 front proof grout.
Now onto the decked terrace. Topsoil and vegetation excavation was followed also with a geotextile membrane layer install. Then, deck support frame ground posts were put into place – each onto a corner of the deck – bedded into concrete post foundations and then this area was mass filled with GEN2 concrete, which was mixed in-situ. When this was all in place, Western Red Cedar deck boards were fitted, using Spax disguised fixings by our Garden Joinery department.
If I were to write about everything in this garden, this Portfolio addition would be rather large! But what really catches my eye is the feature wall, built on the corner of the raised bed. After a concrete foundation was poured in, the wall was constructed using 215mm-wide high density concrete blocks, mortar0bonded and at a height of 2000mm.
There are other services that this lucky client benefited from, such as Garden Lighting and Garden Maintenance, which encompassed the treatment of his lawn and the number of stunning flower beds and in-ground planting schemes. However my favourite parts of this garden are the feature arches, handcrafted from softwood and the bench, an enhanced grain of Western Red Cedar.
All of the above are the ingredients of a stunning garden, especially when entertaining company in the longer Summer evenings!
Garden Design for this garden is credited to Mandy Buckland.