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.

PROJECT NEWS: Ground preparation and seeding at York Business Park

York Business Park Phase I

The J Paxman Landscapes (JPL) team have new and long-standing contractor clients who call on them to bring their sites to a timely conclusion. That often means being on site at the very end of a project and making sure that all transit, parking and access areas are clean, presentable, practical and attractive.

At York Business Park, the team have been working diligently and safely through July to prepare all outlying landscaped areas for seeding. With this now complete, the resulting beds and verges will be managed on an ongoing basis by the JPL Maintenance Team to ensure its healthy establishment with their 12-month maintenance contract as the site enters Phase II.

July 2020

PROJECT NEWS: Lidl Chesterfield Shrub and Tree Planting

Softening a high street store approach with soft landscaping

The timely and professional completion of soft landscaping at this Lidl store in Chesterfield has been an absolute must. Main contractor Castle Construction expected nothing less; and once again, J Paxman Landscapes have delivered. Delivered topsoil, shrub and tree planting. Delivered turf, mulching and a complete soft landscaping scheme in a busy high street.

With a heavy standard tree selection of maple, birch, cherry and lime and a planting palette to ensure healthy ground cover and foliage contrast throughout the seasons (including berberis, choisya, hebe, skimmia and viburnum), the planting scheme is handed over this month.

July 2020

PROJECT NEWS: Porsche Experience Centre, Silverstone

Peripheral Planting at top UK racing circuit

The new Porsche Experience Centre at Silverstone is a prestigious racing and entertainment venue under construction by BDB Design and Build. Working once again in collaboration with our building contractor, the Paxman soft landscaping team have been on site in 2020 as the project nears completion.

Woodland Planting

The Preparation Hub at the Centre includes valeting, workshop and car storage. The peripheral landscape works includes ground preparation and seeding for planting and grass reinstatement. The boundaries and banked areas have been planted with woodland mass planting, including a beech hedge, with the addition of standard upright hornbeams (Carpinus betulus Frans Fontaine) for height and contrast. The team have added individual tree shelters to each young plant to prevent rabbit damage and ensure growth and establishment of the newly wooded areas.

July 2020

PROJECT UPDATE: Design and Build Garden, Sheffield

Operation: Family Garden

Enjoying its newly-completed dry stone wall and lower garden finished with wetpour safety surfacing for the play area, fencing and border planting, phase one of this challenging and rewarding design and build project is now complete.

The garden looks GREAT – thanks!

Homeowner, Sheffield

From design…to build

May 2020

Creating the dry stone wall – March 2020

Design takes shape – February 2020

NEWS: Food4Heroes – J Paxman Landscapes are helping, can you?

Helping to deliver meals to NHS staff at Huddersfield Hospital

Part of a growing number of businesses working together to show support for those who are working tirelessly in our health service, family members at J Paxman Landscapes have volunteered and will soon be helping to serve meals to NHS workers at Huddersfield Infirmary – and potentially other NHS facilities across the region.

You can help too:

The campaign, set up by caterers Amanda Guest of Guest Dining and her brother, John Brownhill has rallied support from chefs and other businesses in the supply, preparation and logistics involved with getting the meals to those on the NHS frontline, fighting the coronavirus head-on.

Freshly prepared meals and their delivery to those working through immensely hard and harrowing shifts need donations, support and resources.

To offer your support to this cause, visit and keep up with the Food4Heroes story on their Facebook page.

PROJECT NEWS: Trafford Centre Landscaping after Tree Clearance

After making such a grand job of completing the site’s tree clearance at the beginning of 2020, J Paxman Landscapes were commissioned to return to site in March to put the finishing touches to the landscaping in front of Selfridges at the Trafford Centre, Manchester.

Pruning, patching and planting

A beautiful pattern of box hedging planted prior to the site’s pathway construction needed a little TLC. Filling gaps, clipping and shaping to reinstate the hedge to its former glory, the team have also added to the bed planting with hydrangeas and hebes for extra foliage and ground cover. Some new standard trees have been added for height and visual impact.

March 2020

PROJECT UPDATE: Sheffield Garden Dry Stone Wall

On schedule for a March finish, this Sheffield private rear garden continues to take shape. Impressive both for its dry stone wall construction and its careful consideration of levels, the team continue to excel in social conditions that are difficult, but not impossible, keeping clean and safe for client and colleagues.

Soft Landscaping

Once the dry stone wall is complete, the J Paxman Landscapes team will set to the soft landscaping, planting ornamental shrubs, trees and low level plants.

How the project began

Explore this project in its early stages, from design to construction start: Design and Build Sheffield

March 2020

PROJECT NEWS: Design and build, Sheffield

From design options discussed and approved by this private homeowner, work begins this month on an ambitious design and build landscape in a rear garden in Thurlstone, Sheffield.

The Plan

Ok, so right now it might look like just a new fence and some diggin. But, picture this: A new patio, steps down from the house onto a pathway that leads you through the garden to the lawn. With planted borders bursting with shrubs, grasses and palms on all sides as you head towards a second paved area – this time in porcelain – the new turfed expanse heads towards the lower garden.

Here, this family-focused landscape then turns its mind to play, in a barked area with safe surfacing and play equipment, a concreted pad ready for a new timber shed and a fully-fenced border for screening and security.

This domestic project, designed by Green Dream and managed and constructed by J Paxman Landscapes, will be completed this Spring 2020 – an impressive multi-functional outdoor space for the whole family to enjoy.

The Next Stage: Dry Stone Wall

After the fencing and ground preparation comes the impressive dry stone wall construction. Find out more here.

February 2020

COMPLETE: Soft landscaping Costa, Heckmondwike

Forecourt finery in plants and turf

Driving through Heckmondwike and need a coffee stop? The new Costa Coffee site now sports its new turfed forecourt and is accompanied by ground cover planting around its perimeters and shrubs trained on trellis to add a natural element to the fencing.

J Paxman Landscapes completed the ground preparation and planting scheme in February 2020 upon the building completion by NuConstruction of Elland.

Costa Coffee, Heckmondwike (Image credit: NuConstruction)

Updated: February 2020

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