Interesting Articles

Victor’s Design Insight: The Power of Simplicity

September 23rd, 2020 by

Welcome to our new blog series ‘Victor’s Design Insight’. Within these articles, I explore the influence behind landscape design and where I take my inspiration. In this introductory post, I am starting from the very beginning and exploring the root of my passion for spatial design, and the power of simplicity within Landscape Architecture. The […]

Swimming in Savings: Making Your Pool More Energy-Efficient

June 27th, 2019 by

The National Price Hike is in full effect, with some of us feeling the heat in the form of higher electricity, water, and cable bills.  What’s worse is that there have been talks of another energy price increase in the UK in the coming months. If you want to lower your energy consumption to prepare for the […]

Top 5 Items in the Oakleigh Barrow this November

November 9th, 2016 by

  The cold weather has just begun, but there is still plenty you can be doing in your garden to create a beautiful space, even through winter, and to prepare your garden for the colder months ahead.   Here are Oakleigh Manor Horticultural Service’s top 5 items in our Wheelbarrow this month: 1. Leaves Leaf […]

Attracting Native Mammals Into Your Garden

January 27th, 2016 by

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 […]

…And it’s Goodbye from Him…

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November 26th, 2015 by

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 […]

Turning Japanese?

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November 16th, 2015 by

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…

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November 12th, 2015 by

…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 […]

32,000 Reasons to Save a Wildlife Garden

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October 19th, 2015 by

The image to your left is a photograph, courtesy of, 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?

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October 15th, 2015 by

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 […]

10 Stunning Tours That You’ll Adore

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October 6th, 2015 by

I actually didn’t mean to make the title of this blog post to rhyme; it was a happy accident! After reading a fantastic online article from The Guardian and including said article in October’s edition of the Oakleigh Journal, our free e-newsletter, I thought I would bring it to you in the form of a blog post […]

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