Whilst we’re raring to go with the projects we already have scheduled for 2017 in the commercial, domestic and grounds landscape, it is always quite satisfying to take a look back over what we’ve accomplished in 2016. And what better way than a month-by-month journey in a little video montage?
May we take this opportunity to wish you all the very best for the Christmas season and we’ll raise a glass to a prosperous and exciting landscape journey with you in 2017!
An ongoing landscape construction project in Hull, our Paxman team are nearing completion of this residential care home landscape. The latest in a growing portfolio of care home landscaping schemes, this functional and feature-rich garden landscape boasts lawn, resin pathways for access and navigation as well as ornamental and tree planting. Every bed and border has been painstakingly designed, built and planted with the residents’ comfort and enjoyment in mind.
Final images will be added upon completion of this care home landscaping endeavour, in partnership once again with Wates Construction.
Landscaper and Landscape Architect: A match made in heaven?
Justin Paxman will be giving a guest lecture to a group of undergraduate landscape architect students at the University of Sheffield on 8 December 2016. The students are keen to hear a landscape contractor’s perspective on the pivotal relationship between landscaper and landscape designer.
Presenting to a 50-strong audience of students past and present, Justin will elaborate on his own experiences at Paxman Landscapes. This will include real-life project studies and highlight the key elements of communication, realism, collaboration and mutual respect.
From small garden space to a small garden landscape of love
Our private homeowner client wanted a natural water feature but without the luxury of a huge garden landscape. We created a stunning multi-level water feature, constructed new walls. Wherever possible, we reused old stones and materials and ensured there was the perfect contrast of stone, water and ornamental and aquatic planting.
The existing steps were accompanied by walls fashioned from the reclaimed stone and crafted by local stonemason Nicky Stott. In the planting bed, we gave a new lease of life to a stone arch that had been uncovered and added news steps to line the walkway towards the statement hexagonal garden house. All subtle elements, brought together in a stunning gardenscape.
We love it – they love it. In fact, we loved it so much, we made a little Youtube video to celebrate. Take a look…
Paxman Landscapes shortlisted in six categories of the APL Awards 2017
It’s a credit to the team at Paxman’s that we’ve created so many projects that are award-worthy this year. And don’t just take our word for it – the APL have decided we’re in the shortlist for SIX APL Awards 2017! Three of our most prestigious landscape builds have been shortlisted in six categories:
Project under £20K
Project between £20K-£35K
Project over £75K
Overall Design and Build
The full shortlist has just been announced by the Association of Professional Landscapers – you can see it here. Winners will be announced at the Awards Dinner on March 17 2017 at The Brewery in London.
The Paxman Landscape team excels at large, prestigious and commercial landscaping schemes. But this doesn’t mean they can’t turn their skilled hands to the simple and straightforward. For our domestic customers, these two recent jobs demonstrate this flexibility perfectly. Remember the patio, steps and wall combination at Hartshead Moor? Well, add to it a stunning driveway block paving project at Fenay Bridge, Yorkshire. A homeowner’s landscaping dream.
Supporting one of the newest and most successful publishing companies in the landscaping sector, Eljays44, Justin’s insight can be found this month, nestled in three corners of their latest publication ProLandscaper September 2016. In their 5-year anniversary special, Justin was asked to comment on his use of excavating equipment (pg 106) and his thoughts on TV gardening (pg 8). He was also happy to speak highly of the Prolandscaper publication, events and supporting team in a testimonial in their special anniversary supplement (pg 30).
Spearheading our campaigns and landscape projects here at Paxman Landscapes, our Director, Justin Paxman has become a beacon for the landscape industry as a whole, too. Frequently asked to speak at events, conferences and open days, Justin can elaborate on landscape working practices, business development, training and marketing within the sector.
Never shy about speaking his mind, Justin has become a talisman for “straight-talking landscape” in the UK. Keep it up, Justin!
From the second the scheme began with the groundworks and site clearance, managing the waste and removing a tired softwood decking, paving, rockery and wall, this garden scheme was beautifully handled by our Paxman project team.
A hillside, exposed site in the heart of the Pennines at Hartshead Moor, this private garden has been transformed to accommodate a Marshalls Fairstone Natural Slate patio, framed by external block walls, built and rendered as a contrasting backdrop to the grey paving. Whether the homeowners are entertaining or simply chilling of an evening, they can now do so in style – and take in that stunning view across the Pennines from their very own hillside idyll.
“Thanks to you and your team for your work, we’re really pleased.” – Dr & Mrs F, Hartshead Moor
We design. We plan. We build. But what happens next? Well, Paxman Landscapes also have a thriving Grounds Team who maintain and manage open spaces, commercial, public and private, across the North. It’s important to carry over our first-class landscaping ethos to the longer-term sustainability of a landscape. We’re never “plant-and-run”.
To demonstrate just that, we have a whole portfolio of images of the G-Team in action – and the results. Why build a fantastic landscape then leave it to, literally, go to seed? That’s not us.
Take a look. From lawncare to hedge management – parkland to play – private to public. It all looks GREAT.
New outdoor learning experience and wildlife garden: Landscaping school grounds
In partnership with BAM Construction, Paxman Landscapes have completed a £30K landscaping scheme at a school in Huddersfield. As part of the overall development of the site, which incorporates Royds Hall Secondary, Royds Hall Primary and Beech Primary, the new outdoor gardens and play areas can now be enjoyed by the school community of over 1150 students aged 3-16.
Once we’d supplied and spread the topsoil, we set to preparing the ground, ready for planting. The grounds now boast trees to punctuate the spaces and shrubs to create swathes of foliage and borders. An area of Grass Greener artificial grass has been professionally installed by the Paxman team, creating a hard-wearing, all-weather surface to look stunning and work hard all year round.
Add in 2000 square metres of turf and sculptured areas and paths of textured surfacing and you’ll be hard pushed to find a more diverse outdoor playscape. But don’t forget – we’ve also sowed wildlflower seed to encourage wildlife. When landscaping school grounds, it’s great to encourage bio-diversity as well as practicality and structure – and it brings out the best in the children as well as our insect communities!
We think you’ll agree – we’d go back to school in a flash if it looked like this!