The onset of the Coronavirus pandemic has had a profound effect on all of our lives, changing how we work, socialise and otherwise spend our time. For many of us, as social distancing restrictions continue, the home has become an even greater focus than usual. Maybe you are spending more time in your garden and have ideas about how it might be improved. Perhaps you had already planned to have your garden re-designed this year. The Cheshire Garden continues to offer its expertise in landscape design and can help you to achieve the garden of your dreams even during lockdown.
As is the case for all businesses, The Cheshire Garden is closely monitoring and acting in accordance with government guidance in relation to the ongoing outbreak of Covid-19 Coronavirus.
Whilst seeking to continue progressing projects for clients, The Cheshire Garden has adopted the following protocols:
Wherever possible, face-to-face contact with clients, suppliers and landscapers will be minimised and remote forms of communication such as telephone, email and video calls used in preference;
Regular contact with suppliers and landscapers will be maintained and clients will be informed of any changes to previously agreed timescales;
Where presence on site is required this will only take place by agreement with clients, and staff and contractors will maintain a safe personal distance at all times (a minimum of 2m in accordance with government guidance on social distancing);
Staff and contractors associated with The Cheshire Garden will not enter the inside premises of clients at any time;
Should a member of staff or contractors associated with The Cheshire Garden become unwell following attendance at the site of a client, the client will be informed as soon as possible.
Clients are asked to do the following:
Notify The Cheshire Garden prior to any site visit if any member of the household is over 70 or otherwise considered to be of higher risk to infection due to a medical condition, in order that appropriate action can be agreed;
Notify The Cheshire Garden prior to any site visit if any member of the household is unwell or self-isolating;
Notify The Cheshire Garden if any member of the household becomes unwell within two weeks of a site visit.
Clearly, this is a fast moving situation and it may be necessary to further modify the approach of The Cheshire Garden as government guidance evolves. The health and wellbeing of clients, suppliers, landscapers and our own staff is of the highest importance at this very difficult time and The Cheshire Garden will do all it can to any minimise risks.
Recognition for The Cheshire Garden at Industry Awards
March 18, 2020 - Author: Ann Cooke
At The Cheshire Garden we have worked hard over the past five years to establish a reputation, both for the quality of our landscape design and of the service we provide to clients. It is therefore extremely gratifying to gain recognition from our peers in the landscape industry for our work at, not one but, two awards ceremonies.
The Cheshire Garden Shortlisted for Designer of the Year Award
December 6, 2019 - Author: Ann Cooke
The Cheshire Garden is delighted to have been shortlisted for the prestigious Association of Professional Landscapers Awards 2020 in the category of Designer of the Year. The design which has captured the imagination of the judges is the Georgian Cottage Courtyard. This small urban garden is a project of which we are particularly proud. The scheme transformed a rather gloomy, concreted yard into a beautiful oasis at the heart of the city. The design needed to make effective of use of a restricted and challenging space to provide an attractive garden, whether for a quiet moment or entertaining friends, while also accommodating practical requirements such as parking and refuse facilities.
The clients for this project were looking for a complete transformation of the gloomy, concreted courtyard to the rear of their Georgian cottage into an oasis in the city. The design needed to deliver an outdoor space which would be both attractive and functional, all within a restricted footprint.
The challenge was to provide a beautiful view from the kitchen window and a seating area which could be enjoyed at any time, while also accommodating a small car and utilities such as recycling bins. The clients wanted a versatile space which could be used for entertaining and also wished to keep maintenance to a minimum. The overall appearance of the garden needed to be consistent with the neighbouring listed buildings and conservation area.
RHS Tatton 2019, Let’s Go Fly A Kite! – Definitive Plant List
July 15, 2019 - Author: Ann Cooke
The Cheshire Garden is delighted to be exhibiting a show garden at the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park 2019 in the ‘Back-to-Back’ category. The garden is called “Let’s Go Fly A Kite!” and depicts the work of the Children Today charity in its 25th anniversary year. The garden symbolises the work of the charity in supporting children and young people with disabilities to engage with activity and the outdoors. The planting scheme has been designed to reflect the colours of the Children Today brand and to include plants which are symbolic of the characteristics displayed by the beneficiaries of the charity’s work.
In order to try and raise more money for the Children’s Today charity the “Let’s Go Fly A Kite!” garden is available for sale, either in its entirety or elements from the garden. If you are interested in buying the garden or any of its features, including plants, please contact email@example.com or call 07534 414909
When you’re busy with multiple projects at various stages of development, it can feel like there’s no time for anything else. However, it’s always good to get out from behind the desk to visit established gardens for ideas and inspiration, or just for sheer enjoyment – even better when it is only stone’s throw away! Tirley Garth is a private garden in a beautiful rural location in Cheshire which opens on a handful of dates each year for the National Garden Scheme. Arriving on a gloriously sunny, late Spring afternoon I was greeted by dramatic swathes of colour delivered by mature Rhododendron and Acer luring visitors up the winding driveway. At this point I knew it would be a good afternoon.
The Cheshire Garden was approached by the clients for this project after they had an extension completed on their house. The extension had encroached on an existing patio and had an overhang which made it quite a dominant feature. The clients were looking for a complete redesign of their outdoor space to complement the expanded footprint of their home. In addition to the impact of the new extension, the garden was also overlooked by an adjacent property. The clients wanted a garden which provided a variety of different spaces where they could enjoy sitting in the sunshine throughout the day, and which they could use for entertaining friends and family. As keen gardeners they had a number of existing Acer and shrubs they wished to retain in the new planting scheme.
As previously announced The Cheshire Garden will be exhibiting a show garden at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park 2019, following on from our award-winning design of 2017. The design for this year’s show has been developed as a celebration for the 25th anniversary of inspirational local charity, Children Today. The garden will encapsulate their work in raising funds for specialist equipment which assists children and young people with disabilities to engage with the outdoors. The Cheshire Garden is now pleased to reveal the details of the design.
Who amongst us has not had the urge, during a long hot summer, to plunge into the cool waters of a shimmering pool? Gloriously, our garden designer, Jane had the opportunity to do precisely this while visiting Ellicar Gardens, near Doncaster, with the Society of Garden Designers North West Group, on a flawless day last June. This beautiful naturalistic garden is found at the family home of Sarah Murch, a co-founder of the company Ensata which specialises in the design and build of natural pools and swimming ponds. Sarah welcomed the group with a tour of the gardens which have been designed to provide a haven for wildlife. Entering via a beautiful enclosed area offered a tantalising and unexpected glimpse of the wonderful natural swimming pool which sits at the heart of the gardens.