First steps | One customer’s journey: Lepton, Huddersfield

Lepton Huddersfield BeforeAt the end of last year, we introduced you to a Huddersfield domestic landscaping scheme in Lepton.  We continue our customer’s journey this month as they take the first steps to their newly landscaped garden.

Justin Paxman met with the homeowners back in May 2015.  The couple and their small family were looking to develop a piece of land in the middle of their garden.  The proposed area had a mound for us to contend with and the access was not the easiest (as is common with private gardens).  They had some smaller projects around the garden area but the couple outlined their hopes for an area of water and a patio to maximise their view of the outlying garden areas.

Justin talked them through their options, the timescale and the potential budget for their plans.  He then briefed the Paxman team who set to designing and planning how the garden would take shape.  The scaled drawings took in the slope and gradients and paid careful consideration to the client’s brief, the ultimate aim of the new garden and the use of the best quality materials for the hard landscaped elements.

Lepton Huddersfield Drawing1

Scaled drawing to illustrate plans

Lepton Huddersfield Drawing2

Slopes, gradients and materials planning


>>Next Phase: The Big Dig

The Twelve Months of Landscaping at Paxman Landscapes

PaxmanA month-by-month lowdown from the Paxman team

In the first month of landscaping, Paxmans prepped for Princess Anne.  Her university visit went exactly as per plan.

In the second month of landscaping, they planted up some more, but this time for Prince Andrew and in Leeds with shrubs galore.

In the third month of landscaping, they took on open space and made a scheme in Middleton a better public place.  Justin shared his knowledge and spoke of his career and it wasn’t long until another month had disappeared.

In the fourth month of landscaping, it was showtime for the team.  Their roof garden at Harrogate was really quite supreme.  They featured on the radio and took the show by storm with a gold award for everyone to praise their skills and form.

In the fifth month of landscaping, they were on the up and up, awarding a balloon flight and sponsoring Panthers in the Cup.

In the sixth month of landscaping, there were lawns, landscapes and decks.  Throw in a pampered patio and the seventh month was next.

In the seventh month of landscaping, the team had more to do.  With a care home, Aldi and Audi schemes to inspire the Paxmans crew.

In the eighth month of landscaping, they had plants upon their mind. A planting scheme in Sheffield was certainly one of a kind.

In the ninth month of landscaping, and another Golden spell, awarded for a show garden and partnering APL.

In the tenth month of landscaping, their newsstream came alive – with articles on their contract plans and Justin at Landscape Live.

In the eleventh month of landscaping, the focus was on snow – clearing, gritting and making plans for clients who need to know.

In the twelfth month of landscaping, you’d think they’d earned a rest but guess what? They’re up for an APL award – they really are the best!

twelve months of landscaping

December 2015

We’re on the APL Awards Shortlist 2016!

Rooftop terrace gains recognition in APL Awards Shortlist 2016

We know what our team does is top notch.  Our customers tell us that we’re doing great work for them too.  But when the landscaping industry and our associates see fit to tell us we’re bloomin’ marvellous – we can ask for no more!

APL Awards Shortlist 2016APL Awards Shortlist 2016Our rooftop terrace at Capitol House, Leeds has been nominated and shortlisted in the Hard Landscaping category of the APL Awards 2016.  The project, completed earlier this year, saw the refurbishment of a 1970’s podium terrace.  The Paxman team transformed it into a stunning roof terrace garden for use by the tenants.  Boasting an immaculate Grass Greener artificial lawn, the open space has flourishes of decking, paving, pebbles and gravel and is peppered with low level lighting for evening use.

The award, just one of a number of categories judged by a panel of key industry figures and experts, would be a fitting tribute to the team at Paxman Landscapes.

Let’s hope they bring home the silverware when these are presented on Friday 4 March 2016 at The Brewery, London.

APL Awards Shortlist 2016

December 2015


Bringing a landscape to life | One customer’s journey: Lepton, Huddersfield

We post a great array of images we take before, during and after our Paxman team are on site.  This gives you an idea of the high level of attention to detail we apply to each project and also outlines how our garden and landscape transformations take shape.

Over the next few weeks, we’re going to take you through a step-by-step walkthrough of an ongoing domestic landscaping project which the team has been working on in Huddersfield – complex, split level waterfall construction.

So, where shall we start?  Let’s go for the classic “before” shot.  Can you picture a waterfall yet?

Watch this space.

Lepton Huddersfield Before

>>Next update: The first steps

November 2015

Little things…mean a lot | University of Huddersfield grounds

Planting at University of Huddersfield | Grounds Maintenance in practice

Sometimes, it’s the little things that bring a landscape to life. This is certainly true of the finishing touches added to our grounds maintenance schedule for the University of Huddersfield this winter.

Planter University of Huddersfield

A step in the right direction | Domestic Garden, Flockton, West Yorkshire

Paving and artificial grass give garden new lease of life

We like nothing more than taking a blank canvas of a domestic garden and building it into an outdoor space that suits its new owners perfectly.  And it doesn’t need to be the biggest garden for us to make the most of your space, with hard landscaping, planting and artificial turf to add to the perfection.  This was just the ticket in one of our latest domestic projects to the rear of a property in Flockton, near Wakefield, this autumn.

Flockton garden

November 2015

Sharing the knowledge at Kirklees College

Training, Sharing, Engaging – Justin speaks at Kirklees College

Justin at Kirklees College

Student selfie at Kirklees College

A really important part of our development at Paxman Landscapes is training, sharing knowledge and engaging with the community.  This takes many forms  and our Director, Justin Paxman, can regularly be found speaking at colleges and training events, telling of his experiences running a successful, professional landscaping business.  It is vitally important that we encourage young adults to take up skilled and technical professions such as landscaping, particularly when the industry is crying out for apprentices and the managers of the future.  The opportunities within landscaping are huge – learning everything from planting to machinery management, costings to design.

Grounds maintenance CollegeJustin returned to Kirklees College yesterday (4 November 2015).  He has visited before to “spread the word” of landscaping to the students embarking upon their final year at the College.  Some are studying Countryside Management, others are working towards a Landscaping Diploma.  Likewise, some are focusing on arboriculture, agriculture and other associated disciplines – all of which could gain benefit by embarking on a career in landscaping.  Justin started as an apprentice himself and puts great value on his experiences gained through on-the-job training.

Nat Adams from Kirklees College who engaged Justin to talk to the students said:

“Thanks so much for coming to talk to the group today.  They [the students] all seemed to gain something from it.”

Find out more about the Paxman Horticultural Apprenticeships and other recruitment opportunities or contact us for further information.

November 2015

Tree Services Yorkshire | Going up in the world

Paxman Tree Services Yorkshire – New Arboricultural Expertise

Paxman Landscapes Tree services in Yorkshire1Paxman Landscapes Tree services in Yorkshire2When a homeowner or commercial client contacts our Landscaping team for their new garden and landscape projects, there are always the existing plants, trees and grounds to consider.  We like to keep our customer’s demands at the forefront of what we do.  So, we have recruited our new team of arboricultural experts.

Our new Tree Services Yorkshire Team can help address the maintenance and treatment of pre-existing trees, whether clearance, felling or surgery.  As always, they have the benefit of working alongside our Landscaping and Maintenance teams with established and new clients and have their own specialist equipment within our armoury.PaxmanArb3

Most recently, we have been engaged by The Gregory Property Group of Leeds to help control and maintain the existing tree population at a private property in Yorkshire (see pictures).

Having our own arb experts in-house allows us to continue to develop that “one-stop” professional landscaping solution our domestic and commercial clients demand across the region.  The team are going up in the world in more ways than one!

October 2015


Keeping Yorkshire moving this Winter

Snow Clearing, Gritting and Forecasting – we’ve got it covered this winter

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Spread-ready for winter

For full details of our Winter Services available across Yorkshire and the North, you can download our Paxman Landscapes Winter Services Pack.

logosThe Paxman Landscapes team provide full Winter forecast gritting and snow clearance services in the winter months with their own clearing equipment and forecasting service, managed by the in-house operations team.  Servicing clients across the region, the team are poised and ready for the winter weather to kick in at any time.


October 2015

Landscape Live 2015 | UK Landscaping Panel – Live Debate

Industry-Debate-Artwork-980x454Taking place at Yorkshire County Cricket Ground at Headingley, Leeds on Tuesday October 6th 2015, the 2nd Landscape Live 2015 event will be another celebration of the supply chain and the end product in UK Landscaping.  Brimming with landscape suppliers keen to engage with the world of the landscaper, this event is a North-based extension of the events hosted by ProLandscaper magazine – FutureScape in the South and ScotHort North of the border.

Justin Paxman has once again been asked to sit on the panel to debate the issues at the forefront of UK landscaping.  The live debate will take place in the break-out zone at the event and will also feature Barry Randall from Leicestershire Garden Design, Richard Kay from Green-Tech and Tim Reid from Urban Wilderness.

As ever, we expect the event to be a great success and that the debate will raise and address the hot topics for landscapers, designers and suppliers into the industry – primarily  focussing on the benefits of creating a better working practice between landscapers and designers.

The debate starts at 12.30.

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