Specimen Planting for residence in Oxshott, UK

Specimen Planting for residence in Oxshott, UK

The Client’s vision

newly built detached family home. The property developer had installed a basic landscape plant to sell the house but the new owners wanted more and had a keen interest in gardens and art. They were also concerned about privacy with a planned new build next door.

Our Solution

To visualise our interpretation of their vision, we firstly provided comprehensive design and mood boards. To address the privacy concern, we sourced a selection of large specimen trees & plants from Europe to not only block out views of neighbouring properties but also to create an interest bespoke space with character & confidence. Some of the trees had to be internationally sourced & delivered on escorted low loader truck trailers from Belgium, requiring specialist lifting equipment. Additional hard landscaping was also added for access through the new garden. We also found that the soil in the area was very poor draining and a heavy marl clay, so we had to replace this. In addition, we also installed a new high percolation lawn with a comprehensive drainage system that is pumped out into the main drainage.


This was a complicated build with a large amount of ground works required, starting with the soil itself. This involved removing 1200M3 of waste material and 1600M3 of imported, new soil. We also had 12 Articulated truckloads of new trees and plants with over 1800 man hours!


My wife and I used Outlook to completely redesign and rebuild our garden from scratch. It was a big job that took several months, a lot of plant and the removal and replacement of mature hedges for access. Throughout the process Dermot and his team worked with professionalism and consideration. The end result was better than we could have imagined leaving us with a wonderful garden that looks as though it has been in place for twenty years.

Gary & Fiona Shepherd – Surrey UK

Specific services provided

  • Full design service
  • Cross sections and specifications
  • Bill of quantities
  • Project management
  • Groundworks
  • Land drainage
  • Hard and soft landscaping
  • Natural stone paving
  • High percolation sports lawn
  • Specimen tree and shrub planting
  • Mature hedge planting
  • In Situ reinforced concrete
  • Lighting & Irrigation
  • Fencing and security
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