Now the summer holidays are over, looking forward to a busy autumn. First off - Landscape Show in Battersea Park, 18th / 19th September..hopefully lots of new ideas for materials and interesting talks from great industry leaders: http://www.landscapeshow.co.uk/seminar-programme-18
I wrote this small article for the Cotswold Times to help homeowners think about how they could go about designing and constructing a new garden. I hope it's helpful !
I've actually won an award for one of my designs !! Excellent news ! The garden that won is in Long Compton, Warwickshire and was a delight to create. I'm really pleased !
Here's the link to the award feature:
I've just found out that I've been nominated for an award !! What fun !
Let's see what happens......here's the link:
Below is a very useful list of things to do in winter in preparation for spring provided by Albina Paige of Craig Manor Hotel.
by Craig Manor.
On the 10th September 2016 two of my garden design colleagues (Jenny Burke & Marian White) and myself will be leading a garden design workshop at Batsford Arboretum from 10.00am to around midday. Entrance fee is £15 via the Batsford website: http://www.batsarb.co.uk
If you want to learn a little bit about garden design come along.
See you there !
Many thanks to the Editor and staff at the Cotswold Times for publishing my article on garden design in the Chipping Norton Times, Stow Times, Bourton Times and Moreton Times ! See the features (all on pages 19):
The works of Charlie Bell are truly extraordinary. He's an Irish Stonemason who has recently moved to the Cotswolds. As he put it, he moved here 'to work with the beautiful golden Cotswold stone.' Charlie's been working in stonemasonry for 19 years and his works are masterpieces although, as he admits, he has been influenced a little by British artist Andy Goldsworthy ! His passion lies in creating stone artwork for natural landscapes and 'wow' pieces for bespoke garden designs using his skills to produce intense, unique but sympathetic works of art that complement the design. Of course, as you'd expect, his portfolio also covers dry stone walling, patios, steps and lettering. Below are just some examples of Charlie's work - Wow ! Garden designers use this man !
A very good friend of mine recently asked me to redesign a garden for his buy to let property in Shropshire. As the house was a buy to let, the investment in the garden needed to be minimal yet the outcome needed to be a well thought out design that would allow easy maintenance but provide a haven for a potential young renting family. Good use of space was essential as well as little if no construction work. Some potential eyesores needed to be hidden too. The design was ecstatically received and the budget accommodated. You don't have to spend thousands to have a great garden !
It's good for designers to get hands on experience with landscaping. Knowing how and what to design so something can be built by a good landscaping firm is essential. So, in the last few weeks I've been helping Gardenmakers (http://www.the-gardenmakers.co.uk/) out in a couple of gardens near Stratford upon Avon. The gardens won't be finished until the new year but a lot has gone on already including clearing, levelling, paving, fencing, wall building. Check out my facebook page for photos.