The first step would be to arrange to meet you, view the garden and discuss your requirements. Whatever level of assistance you require, we would write to you following the initial meeting to provide you with a written brief / work list and also a quote for our design fees against that brief.
We begin by carrying out a survey and analysis of the garden as it stands, including its exact size and shape, position of buildings, trees, hedges etc, any changes of level and all other relevant factors. All of the information we gather at this stage helps to inform the design decisions taken further down the line.
From our meeting with you, the agreed brief and the information gathered during the survey the next step is to draw up a layout or masterplan. This plan contains our design proposals for the garden. We would meet with you again at this stage to present our proposals in detail and answer any initial queries you may have.
The next step is to work the design up into greater detail e.g. looking at the choice of specific materials and their use (e.g. paving types - colour, sizes, layout, method of laying), or the detail of the proposed planting (the specific varieties to be used, their exact location in each planting bed and the number to be used)..
Having completed the design phases, the next step is to draw up tender documentation, which together with the drawings previously produced, enables prospective landscape contractors to quote for implementing the design proposals. Once a contractor has been appointed we can monitor the implementation of the project for you, making site visits to check on progress and answer any queries that may arise.
Depening upon the arrangements you wish to make for the maintenance of your new garden we can provide you with a detailed maintenance schedule showing exactly what needs to be done to every plant within in the garden and at what time of year to ensure the garden develops and reaches its full potential. Even if you don't require such detailed information we are always very happy to return to the garden and answer any queries you may have.