The Design Process

Caroline frequently works with developers to secure ‘Outline Planning Permission’ for new builds, submitting plans to local planning authorities. Working from tree surveys and tree officer reports, she produces a design that satisfies their requirements. She can also orchestrate the implementation of the hard and soft landscaping features.

Caroline has collaborated with many Architects, working from their plans and surveys, and is often asked to design a garden for a house or extension that is not yet built.

Whether you require a garden that is all about plants or whether you require hard and soft landscaping, the design process can involve the following;

1. Initial Visit

Our first meeting allows us to look at the garden and discuss your requirements as well as introduce the way I work. This is summarised into a brief for you to check, which becomes’ the basis for the design and quotation..

2. Site Survey/Analysis

An accurate survey of the existing garden is needed before any design work begins. Often this can be undertaken by myself, but if levels are complex or the garden is large, a dedicated land surveyor can be recommended for a topographic survey. Site analysis records soil type, predominant winds, views, sheltered spots to sit, aspect, privacy etc.

3. Concept Plan

This will help you visualise how the garden might look and allows for adjustments before the next stage. Using the survey, site analysis and brief, a concept plan is prepared, accompanied by perspective drawings, elevations and image board showing the type of materials and type of planting that may be used

4. Setting Out Plans

These are scaled and dimensioned plans that landscape contractors can quote from and incorporate any amendments agreed after discussing the concept plan. Written information on materials, lighting, and processes are detailed in the ‘Scope of Works’. Construction drawings, detailing garden features, may be required and a health and safety file is included.

5. Planting Plans & Schedule

Plants give atmosphere, colour and year round interest to a garden. Plants are chosen to suit the gardens soil and aspect and the ‘Planting Plan’ (showing location and spacing of plants) and ‘Planting Schedule’ (list of botanical plant names with quantities and sizes) are used for costing, ordering and setting out plants. I organise planting and can also help you with aftercare by writing up a Maintenance plan.

6. Project Monitoring

To ensure a satisfactory outcome I am able to monitor the progress of the garden as it is implemented..