PROJECT NEWS: Design and build landscape in Holmfirth

Yorkshire landscape with reservoir view

Whilst our landscape team often collaborate with designers, landscape architects and clients on their own landscape designs, we also provide a “design and build” full landscape service. In this instance in a cottage garden overlooking the Digley Reservoir in Holmfirth, the client wanted just that: A landscaping company who could understand, interpret and translate their ambitious garden plans as well as transform the area beyond their home into an outdoor living space to enjoy throughout the seasons.

Excavation and Demolition

Working off an agreed design concept and detailed landscape plans, the JPL team set to work in July 2020 to demolish the existing outhouses, removing the existing stone wall and retaining the stone for reuse and commencing the excavations required for the new levels.

The Design

The garden will have upper and lower patios connected by steps, lawn and pathways, overlooked by a new timber decking platform with stainless steel and glass panel balustrade. The design incorporates different levels and themes whilst retaining connectivity and flow through the garden towards the reservoir views beyond. Wrap-around steps take the garden from upper to lower levels, across a lawn dissected by a new pathway and flanked by existing and new trees matched in height and variety.

The sloping lawn will meet gravel planted areas with pockets of lavender and Juniper Sky Rocket statements for height and foliage interest.

On firm foundations

Accessing the rear of the property with heavy machinery to begin excavations is no mean feat. Careful consideration has been paid to access and logistics ensuring the minimum of disruption to homeowner and neighbours and the maximum activity to get the grounds ready to prepare the foundations of the new walls, steps, patio and pathways.

Stone Walls and Patios

Removing the existing stone wall and reusing the stone on new block walls, the upper patio foundations are underway. A patio and pathway is taking shape, using Marshall’s Charcoal Limestone.

A drainage channel to the soakaway will prevent any standing water from rainwater run-off and the full-colour graphite rendered walls will coordinate perfectly with other elements of the hard landscaping.

Follow this garden’s progress

The JPL team continue on site so return regularly to the J Paxman Landscapes news updates to follow its journey to completion later this Summer 2020.