An award, new member of team and soft landscaping a very special garden

An award, new member of team and soft landscaping a very special garden

In October 2016 Our soft landscaping scheme at project The Brook, Tunbridge Wells (see previous post) was nominated and then received a Royal Tunbridge Wells Civic Society (RTWCS) 2016 Award.

I was invited to collect our award along with the Architect, Building Contractor and Client at the RTWCS annual awards ceremony. The panel particularly liked the overall garden design and planting scheme, very nice comments to hear. Great clients and a special project to be part of.

A very special project

Another rather special event happened in 2016. Both myself and the team also appeared on the BBC1’s DIY SOS ‘The Big Build’ where we assisted with the relocation of Chris Beardshaw’s Gold medal winning Chelsea show garden to the Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital. Whilst on site we assisted with various soft landscaping aspects which included moving the additional 14 tonnes of soil that was required, delivering, setting out and planting of the garden. It was a very special and rewarding project to part of and a great experience for all involved.

Planting up Chris Beardshaws Great Ormand Street Childrens Garden

Chris Beardshaw discussing the garden with DIY SOS presenter Nick Knowles

New member of the team

During 2016 a new member also joined the team, Steve Gardiner. Steve is a very experienced and talented site manager and it’s very nice to have him on board with us. He has already completed several high quality projects and we have lots more lined up for him!

The team received numerous compliments last year both from clients and members of the public for their hard work and efforts on site. With a very healthy looking order book and several projects already underway, 2017 looks set to be another great year for all of us here at Slate Grey.

If you are contemplating a new garden, please do feel free to contact us to discuss your requirements and arrange an initial site visit from myself or one of our designers.

A catch-up review of 2016 and new projects for 2017

A catch-up review of 2016 and new projects for 2017

It seems like an appropriate time to give an update of all that we achieved at Slate Grey in 2016. It was a very busy year for us as a company, with much work coming from recommendation.

We carried out a very wide array of design and build projects during 2016, the highlights of these were:

  • A roof terrace with various bespoke elements in Frant Rd in Tunbridge Wells
  • A contemporary terrace area for a property in Sevenoaks
  • Soft landscaping project at The Brook, Blatchington Rd in Tunbridge Wells
  • A re-designed front garden and driveway at Warwick Park in Tunbridge Wells

Projects currently underway in 2017 include restoration of a large Victorian walled garden located close to the centre of Tunbridge Wells, this is set to be an exciting and an interesting project for the team. We have also started the redesign and landscaping of a basement level terrace and side access to a property in Calverley Park Gardens, Tunbridge Wells. Our design includes new bespoke steel railings, London Stone’s porcelain paving, steps and coping, subtle lighting scheme and water feature, more images to come from both of these as they develop.

Slate Grey garden design lighting scheme on a newly finished project in Sevenoaks, Kent

Whether a Tunbridge Wells town plot or rural idyll on the Kent downs, a wildflower meadow is possible anywhere with Wildflower Turf

Whether a Tunbridge Wells town plot or rural idyll on the Kent downs, a wildflower meadow is possible anywhere with Wildflower Turf

Green circular logo for Wildflower Turf. Slate Grey is a WIldflower Turf Accredited Partner for Tunbridge Wells Kent and surrounding areasI am very pleased to announce we are now Accredited Partners for Wildflower Turf and offer the creation of garden wildflower meadows as part of our services for gardens across Kent, East Sussex, Surrey and throughout the South East.

The wildflower market is one which is attracting a lot of attention and quite rightly so. Wildflower meadow areas created using Wildflower Turf encourage biodiversity, require little maintenance and present garden designers with a whole host of new and interesting design options and solutions.

Wildflower Turf has many benefits for clients wishing to establish a wildflower area:

  • A striking array of natural colour – Wildflower Turf will deliver stunning colour and contrast to any landscape. Using only native plants that support existing flora and fauna, Wildflower Turf will delight the eye and compliment landscapes in a range of diverse settings.
  • Supporting biodiversity – Wildflower Turf naturally produces a biodiverse habitat supporting native birds, mammals, bees, butterflies and other invertebrate species. Where large grass areas can create monoculture, Wildflower Turf can measurably improve biodiversity.
  • A versatile product with a wide range of applications – Wildflower Turf can be used for a wide range of landscaping projects including gardens, parks, estates, schools, verges, steep soil banks and urban spaces.
  • Speed and ease of establishment – Wildflower Turf is the fastest way to establish a wildflower landscape. It’s unique ‘soil-less’ growing method allows roots to establish five times quicker than conventional turf.
  • A low maintenance solution – Wildflower Turf’s unique ‘soil-less’ structure allows roots to bind together to form a thick mat. This carpet of roots naturally suppresses weed growth, avoiding the need for routine maintenance. An autumn cut is the minimum requirement for the upkeep of Wildflower Turf.

We now have a fantastic selection of Wildflower Turf products that we are able to supply and install at very competitive rates and the end results are simply stunning; just see the selection of pictures below.

If you are interested in creating wildflower meadow areas in your garden then please do call or email us for more information.

Wildflower Turf edging the brick path to a home studioWildflower Turf brings the countryside into the garden by edging this tranquil walkway Wildflower Turf used as a border next to a formal lawn

A Slate Grey garden design up for grabs to the highest bidder at The Big ASL Charity Auction

Back in December of last year a colleague asked if I would be interested in donating a garden design as a lot in a charity auction to help raise funds for a school in London, after little thought I agreed, as anything that can help with the education of children has to be a very worthwhile cause.

I have recently heard that the event was a great success and the auction of my garden design services raised a significant sum for the school, which is very good to hear. I am now very much looking forward to working with the successful bidder and helping them to create their dream garden.

A Which? Trusted Trader Endorsement helps takes the guesswork out of choosing a trade professional

Many of you will have heard of the champion of consumer choice, Which? magazine. Well Which? have ventured into the trusted trader market and are now putting their name to a selection of strictly vetted businesses across the UK. The vetting process involves supplying trade references, at least 10 client references and also passing a strict two-hour assessment in which all accounting, insurance, contracts and general business administration is checked. It really is very thorough indeed!

So here at Slate Grey we are very pleased to confirm that we have passed the Which? Trusted Trader vetting process and are now full members of the scheme; this should give any potential and existing clients that all important peace of mind that comes with a recommendation from a trusted source. Visit our Which? Trusted Trader page for more details.

Double success for first show garden design at Blenheim Palace Flower Show 2014

Double success for first show garden design at Blenheim Palace Flower Show 2014

We were invited to create a show garden for the Blenheim Palace Flower Show in February 2014, our design was called ‘Inner Space’ and the theme was ‘Mysterious Seclusion’. The design incorporated over 1400 plants, 18 metres of mature hedging, a limestone path, preformed steel edging and David Harber’s ‘Dark Planet’ sculpture as the centrepiece.

Best in Show and Garden Designer of the Year

All our hard work on the design, preparation and build was rewarded on the Friday of the event when we were awarded both ‘Best in Show’ and ‘Garden Designer of the Year’. The awards was presented by garden writer and tv presenter Monty Don, and Judges Tim Miles and Jim Buttress who were very complimentary about the garden we had created.

During the weekend we were delighted to speak to so many visitors and receive so many great comments from them all, it really made all the hard work worthwhile. We also had visits from Joe Swift, Charlie Dimmock and Tommy Walsh who were all equally complimentary and enjoyed spending time with us in the garden. Overall, The Blenheim show attracted around 40,000 visitors and the weather was stunning – all in all a perfect end to all the effort put in by the Slate Grey team and also our sponsors to whom we would like to say a big thank you.

Our sponsors were: CED Ltd, David Harber, Kinley Systems, Ready Hedge and Woottens of Wenhaston. We are also very grateful to Aztec Events and Blenheim Palace for putting on such a fantastic show.

Visitors wander around the Blenheim Palace Flower Show 2014 wining show garden

Planting schemes from a team passionate about plants

Planting schemes from a team passionate about plants

At Slate Grey we love plants, and creating stunning planting schemes is extremely rewarding. We love returning to see plants maturing in all their glory.

Having built a good relationship with a number of the South East’s leading nurseries, we can source a large variety of quality plants for our clients.

As part of our Planting Scheme service we carry out a site assessment to check soil PH and ground conditions. We produce a report detailing any necessary soil improvement and current PH levels. With this information we can then create suitable planting list and designs ideal for the garden.

We always like to finish our planting with organic mulch, which helps keep moisture in and weeds down.

Enhancing an outdoor living area with high quality decking

Slate Grey offers professional design and installation of decking areas for gardens in Tunbridge Wells and the surrounding areas. Garden decking is a great way to enhance your garden and provide an additional seating and entertaining area for family and friends. Wooden decking offers a warm and organic feel and creates a good contrast to harder stone surfaces.

high quality contemporary garden deckingDecking can also be used to great effect on difficult sloping sites and provides a cost effective solution to terracing.

All our decks are built to last and to the highest standards using quality fixings. We are committed to using sustainably sourced (FSC) timber for all of our projects and have an array of samples available to demonstrate the wealth of different timber finishes that are available today.

Once installed, all hardwood decks are finished with a high quality oil to enrich the colour, protect from UV damage and create a safe, anti-slip finish.

We keep up-to-date with the latest planning regulations and if required can carry out any necessary planning applications for our clients.

For larger or more complex decking areas Slate Grey also offers a complimentary deck design service.

As well as decking construction, we can also design and build timber pergolas, arches, arbours & other wooden garden structures to enhance your garden.

To help get the most from your deck, we can also install subtle low voltage lighting systems, which create a warm mood to the finished deck during the evening and helps prolong the time you can enjoy sitting outside. Our lighting systems can be controlled by conventional wall switch, by remote, or even your smartphone. Read more about our Garden Lighting Service.

Welcome to the Slate Grey Design, Build & Maintain news page. Here you will find updates on garden design and landscaping projects, lighting and decking, plants and planting schemes, as well as any important events in the Slate Grey diary.

We are an award-winning garden design and landscaping business creating high quality bespoke gardens in and around Tunbridge Wells and throughout Kent, Sussex and Surrey.

"We used Slate Grey on a large garden design project to complement our Grade II Listed house. This involved constructing three patio areas, designing the planting and creating a lighting scheme. Richard has been delightful to work with ensured every aspect of the project was perfect."

SAM & JOHN GLENDINNING, KENT

"We have been so impressed with how the work has been carried out and it looks brilliant, even better than we imagined.
Please pass on our thanks to your guys, they are the nicest, tidiest and most considerate workers we’ve ever come across."

MR & MRS BRISTOW, KENT

"I am very happy with the work, you have done an excellent and very professional job. I am looking forward to the hedging coming to life in the Spring."

MR FOSTER, EAST SUSSEX

"We have worked with Richard at Slate Grey on a regular basis for over 10 years while he has updated and restored many parts of our large country garden. Richard is very professional and his work is always to the highest standards."

DAVID & EDITH JESSUP, SURREY

"Slate Grey designed a contemporary, useable, family friendly garden. They understood our needs and had the vision to create what we required. Every aspect was considered and professionalism apparent throughout."

MR & MRS WHILEY, EAST SUSSEX

"In just 12 weeks in winter, our 'plot' was transformed from a drab space to a beautiful garden with curves, colour and lighting. Slate Grey were punctual, reliable, and worked with dedication and craftsmanship. We cannot rate them highly enough. They have done a fantastic job and we are amazed at the transformation."

MR & MRS BROOK, EAST SUSSEX

Slate Grey Design is an Accredited Partner trained specialist for delivering wildflower meadows

Welcome to the Slate Grey Design, Build & Maintain news page. Here you will find updates on garden design and landscaping projects, lighting and decking, plants and planting schemes, as well as any important events in the Slate Grey diary.

We are an award-winning garden design and landscaping business creating high quality bespoke gardens in and around Tunbridge Wells and throughout Kent, Sussex and Surrey.

An award, new member of team and soft landscaping a very special garden

An award, new member of team and soft landscaping a very special garden

In October 2016 Our soft landscaping scheme at project The Brook, Tunbridge Wells (see previous post) was nominated and then received a Royal Tunbridge Wells Civic Society (RTWCS) 2016 Award.

I was invited to collect our award along with the Architect, Building Contractor and Client at the RTWCS annual awards ceremony. The panel particularly liked the overall garden design and planting scheme, very nice comments to hear. Great clients and a special project to be part of.

A very special project

Another rather special event happened in 2016. Both myself and the team also appeared on the BBC1’s DIY SOS ‘The Big Build’ where we assisted with the relocation of Chris Beardshaw’s Gold medal winning Chelsea show garden to the Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital. Whilst on site we assisted with various soft landscaping aspects which included moving the additional 14 tonnes of soil that was required, delivering, setting out and planting of the garden. It was a very special and rewarding project to part of and a great experience for all involved.

Planting up Chris Beardshaws Great Ormand Street Childrens Garden

Chris Beardshaw discussing the garden with DIY SOS presenter Nick Knowles

New member of the team

During 2016 a new member also joined the team, Steve Gardiner. Steve is a very experienced and talented site manager and it’s very nice to have him on board with us. He has already completed several high quality projects and we have lots more lined up for him!

The team received numerous compliments last year both from clients and members of the public for their hard work and efforts on site. With a very healthy looking order book and several projects already underway, 2017 looks set to be another great year for all of us here at Slate Grey.

If you are contemplating a new garden, please do feel free to contact us to discuss your requirements and arrange an initial site visit from myself or one of our designers.

A catch-up review of 2016 and new projects for 2017

A catch-up review of 2016 and new projects for 2017

It seems like an appropriate time to give an update of all that we achieved at Slate Grey in 2016. It was a very busy year for us as a company, with much work coming from recommendation.

We carried out a very wide array of design and build projects during 2016, the highlights of these were:

  • A roof terrace with various bespoke elements in Frant Rd in Tunbridge Wells
  • A contemporary terrace area for a property in Sevenoaks
  • Soft landscaping project at The Brook, Blatchington Rd in Tunbridge Wells
  • A re-designed front garden and driveway at Warwick Park in Tunbridge Wells

Projects currently underway in 2017 include restoration of a large Victorian walled garden located close to the centre of Tunbridge Wells, this is set to be an exciting and an interesting project for the team. We have also started the redesign and landscaping of a basement level terrace and side access to a property in Calverley Park Gardens, Tunbridge Wells. Our design includes new bespoke steel railings, London Stone’s porcelain paving, steps and coping, subtle lighting scheme and water feature, more images to come from both of these as they develop.

Slate Grey garden design lighting scheme on a newly finished project in Sevenoaks, Kent

Whether a Tunbridge Wells town plot or rural idyll on the Kent downs, a wildflower meadow is possible anywhere with Wildflower Turf

Whether a Tunbridge Wells town plot or rural idyll on the Kent downs, a wildflower meadow is possible anywhere with Wildflower Turf

Green circular logo for Wildflower Turf. Slate Grey is a WIldflower Turf Accredited Partner for Tunbridge Wells Kent and surrounding areasI am very pleased to announce we are now Accredited Partners for Wildflower Turf and offer the creation of garden wildflower meadows as part of our services for gardens across Kent, East Sussex, Surrey and throughout the South East.

The wildflower market is one which is attracting a lot of attention and quite rightly so. Wildflower meadow areas created using Wildflower Turf encourage biodiversity, require little maintenance and present garden designers with a whole host of new and interesting design options and solutions.

Wildflower Turf has many benefits for clients wishing to establish a wildflower area:

  • A striking array of natural colour – Wildflower Turf will deliver stunning colour and contrast to any landscape. Using only native plants that support existing flora and fauna, Wildflower Turf will delight the eye and compliment landscapes in a range of diverse settings.
  • Supporting biodiversity – Wildflower Turf naturally produces a biodiverse habitat supporting native birds, mammals, bees, butterflies and other invertebrate species. Where large grass areas can create monoculture, Wildflower Turf can measurably improve biodiversity.
  • A versatile product with a wide range of applications – Wildflower Turf can be used for a wide range of landscaping projects including gardens, parks, estates, schools, verges, steep soil banks and urban spaces.
  • Speed and ease of establishment – Wildflower Turf is the fastest way to establish a wildflower landscape. It’s unique ‘soil-less’ growing method allows roots to establish five times quicker than conventional turf.
  • A low maintenance solution – Wildflower Turf’s unique ‘soil-less’ structure allows roots to bind together to form a thick mat. This carpet of roots naturally suppresses weed growth, avoiding the need for routine maintenance. An autumn cut is the minimum requirement for the upkeep of Wildflower Turf.

We now have a fantastic selection of Wildflower Turf products that we are able to supply and install at very competitive rates and the end results are simply stunning; just see the selection of pictures below.

If you are interested in creating wildflower meadow areas in your garden then please do call or email us for more information.

Wildflower Turf edging the brick path to a home studioWildflower Turf brings the countryside into the garden by edging this tranquil walkway Wildflower Turf used as a border next to a formal lawn

A Slate Grey garden design up for grabs to the highest bidder at The Big ASL Charity Auction

Back in December of last year a colleague asked if I would be interested in donating a garden design as a lot in a charity auction to help raise funds for a school in London, after little thought I agreed, as anything that can help with the education of children has to be a very worthwhile cause.

I have recently heard that the event was a great success and the auction of my garden design services raised a significant sum for the school, which is very good to hear. I am now very much looking forward to working with the successful bidder and helping them to create their dream garden.

A Which? Trusted Trader Endorsement helps takes the guesswork out of choosing a trade professional

Many of you will have heard of the champion of consumer choice, Which? magazine. Well Which? have ventured into the trusted trader market and are now putting their name to a selection of strictly vetted businesses across the UK. The vetting process involves supplying trade references, at least 10 client references and also passing a strict two-hour assessment in which all accounting, insurance, contracts and general business administration is checked. It really is very thorough indeed!

So here at Slate Grey we are very pleased to confirm that we have passed the Which? Trusted Trader vetting process and are now full members of the scheme; this should give any potential and existing clients that all important peace of mind that comes with a recommendation from a trusted source. Visit our Which? Trusted Trader page for more details.

Double success for first show garden design at Blenheim Palace Flower Show 2014

Double success for first show garden design at Blenheim Palace Flower Show 2014

We were invited to create a show garden for the Blenheim Palace Flower Show in February 2014, our design was called ‘Inner Space’ and the theme was ‘Mysterious Seclusion’. The design incorporated over 1400 plants, 18 metres of mature hedging, a limestone path, preformed steel edging and David Harber’s ‘Dark Planet’ sculpture as the centrepiece.

Best in Show and Garden Designer of the Year

All our hard work on the design, preparation and build was rewarded on the Friday of the event when we were awarded both ‘Best in Show’ and ‘Garden Designer of the Year’. The awards was presented by garden writer and tv presenter Monty Don, and Judges Tim Miles and Jim Buttress who were very complimentary about the garden we had created.

During the weekend we were delighted to speak to so many visitors and receive so many great comments from them all, it really made all the hard work worthwhile. We also had visits from Joe Swift, Charlie Dimmock and Tommy Walsh who were all equally complimentary and enjoyed spending time with us in the garden. Overall, The Blenheim show attracted around 40,000 visitors and the weather was stunning – all in all a perfect end to all the effort put in by the Slate Grey team and also our sponsors to whom we would like to say a big thank you.

Our sponsors were: CED Ltd, David Harber, Kinley Systems, Ready Hedge and Woottens of Wenhaston. We are also very grateful to Aztec Events and Blenheim Palace for putting on such a fantastic show.

Visitors wander around the Blenheim Palace Flower Show 2014 wining show garden

Planting schemes from a team passionate about plants

Planting schemes from a team passionate about plants

At Slate Grey we love plants, and creating stunning planting schemes is extremely rewarding. We love returning to see plants maturing in all their glory.

Having built a good relationship with a number of the South East’s leading nurseries, we can source a large variety of quality plants for our clients.

As part of our Planting Scheme service we carry out a site assessment to check soil PH and ground conditions. We produce a report detailing any necessary soil improvement and current PH levels. With this information we can then create suitable planting list and designs ideal for the garden.

We always like to finish our planting with organic mulch, which helps keep moisture in and weeds down.

Enhancing an outdoor living area with high quality decking

Slate Grey offers professional design and installation of decking areas for gardens in Tunbridge Wells and the surrounding areas. Garden decking is a great way to enhance your garden and provide an additional seating and entertaining area for family and friends. Wooden decking offers a warm and organic feel and creates a good contrast to harder stone surfaces.

high quality contemporary garden deckingDecking can also be used to great effect on difficult sloping sites and provides a cost effective solution to terracing.

All our decks are built to last and to the highest standards using quality fixings. We are committed to using sustainably sourced (FSC) timber for all of our projects and have an array of samples available to demonstrate the wealth of different timber finishes that are available today.

Once installed, all hardwood decks are finished with a high quality oil to enrich the colour, protect from UV damage and create a safe, anti-slip finish.

We keep up-to-date with the latest planning regulations and if required can carry out any necessary planning applications for our clients.

For larger or more complex decking areas Slate Grey also offers a complimentary deck design service.

As well as decking construction, we can also design and build timber pergolas, arches, arbours & other wooden garden structures to enhance your garden.

To help get the most from your deck, we can also install subtle low voltage lighting systems, which create a warm mood to the finished deck during the evening and helps prolong the time you can enjoy sitting outside. Our lighting systems can be controlled by conventional wall switch, by remote, or even your smartphone. Read more about our Garden Lighting Service.

Slate Grey Design is an Accredited Partner trained specialist for delivering wildflower meadows

Based on the border between Kent and East Sussex, we cover a wide radius within the South East – from Sevenoaks to Uckfield, Cranbrook to East Grinstead.

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