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…And it’s Goodbye from Him…

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…And it’s Goodbye from Him…

Lewis | November 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

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 leave the Oakleigh family was a difficult one. I have learnt a lot during my time here and made some lifelong friends. However, what I have enjoyed most has been bringing you regular blog articles on a weekly basis. Whether you keep in touch with the Blog through Facebook, Twitter or by regularly checking the website, I hope you have enjoyed the work we have brought you during my time with this exceptional company.

As a thank you to you, the reader, I have put together the twelve blog posts I enjoyed the most, whether that be in the writing or researching process, during my stint as Oakleigh Manor’s Marketing Administrator. See it as an early Twelve Days of Christmas!

For the purposes of this, though, previous series of blogs, such as the Employee Spotlight Series, the Garden Pest Series and the ‘How to…’ Series have been omitted; the twelve on this exclusive list are included as standalone blogs only. The spontaneous ones always seem best, don’t they?!

But I digress. Without further ado, and for the final time, please read on. The countdown begins…

12) Saharan Sustainability, Seriously?

Originally Published July 23rd, 2015

“Audacious yet plausible”. A research visit to the Reuters website found this gem: a plan, currently at the concept stage, from French architectural company OXO outlines a potential “sustainable vertical city” in the Saharan desert, complete with workspace and accommodation.

11) Turning Japanese?

Originally Published November 16th, 2015

“Elements of Japanese garden design are so calming”. Tastes and trends come and go in each and every industry; landscape design is no different. In the first of two blogs discussing Oriental gardens, we look at the rise of gardens in the West that pay homage to the East.

10) London, a National Park?

Originally Published June 16th, 2015

“Strange, farfetched or even downright ridiculous”. But it’s possible. Published on the website for two of the UK’s leading newspapers, is it possible that London will one day become a national park? Nearly half of the capital is green space; make up your own mind.

9) My Day on Site

Originally Published April 8th, 2015

“A rare trip pout of the office”. Early into my time here at Oakleigh Manor, I went with Rupert Davis to a Garden Design client to survey the garden. A nice experience, but an early start!

8) Can you Grow the Cream to Go with These?

Originally Published March 24th, 2015

“Unless you have a dairy farm”. Alongside mango, the strawberry is my favourite fruit! As such, after finding an article in The Telegraph which outlines how to grow your own, it simply had a place on the Oakleigh Manor blog for the whole world to see.

7) Landscaping: a Crime Deterrent?

Originally Published March 3rd, 2015

“The uses of landscaping seems to be never-ending”. Not as odd as you may think, as designing and constructing your landscape is the perfect way from deterring possible crime, particularly burglary. If you wanted an ingenious way of doing this, look no further.

6) Moakleigh Manor?

Originally Published October 15th, 2015

“My efforts with facial hair are laughable at best!” As you can see from our Facebook page, I have been taking part in Movember, a great cause which raises awareness for men’s health. It has been definitely worth the regular jokes at my expense and the itchy face!

5) Bug Killers and Bee Decline: a Link?

Originally Published April 9th, 2015

“A key factor in bee decline”. The decline of bees, a key pollinators into human foodstuffs, is well-documented. Here, we are looking into the possibility aerosol bug killers are contributing factors. Make up your own mind…

4) Leylandii: The Debated Hedgerow

Originally Published February 11th, 2015

“There are 55 million”. Popular, indeed, for a choice of hedgerows in this country. They promote privacy and become natural boundaries. But what happens when neighbourhood relations are strained due to them? It’s more common that you may think.

3) Calling All LOTR Fans…

Originally Published September 3rd, 2015

“It’s not a hoax, a publicity stunt or the like”. Seriously. People were trying to crowdfund, to the tune of £2bn, the construction of a replica of Minas Tirith, the fictional city and castle from the Lord of the Rings universe!

2) Houseplants to Improve Air Quality

Originally Published February 17th, 2015

“Rid the atmosphere in your home of toxins”. Houseplants provide more than just aesthetic benefits. Some can even remove harmful toxins from the air within your home. Want to see which one can suit your home? Look no further.

1) Rainwater Harvesting: The Best Worst-Kept Secret

Originally Published February 12th, 2015

“Hosepipe bans are commonplace”. The ingenious way of saving money, all from recovering the water than falls from the sky! Keep this in mind; make the investment and make it back when it’s raining!


Enjoy the reads. I know I will.

Adieu. LW.