Category Archives: events

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 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

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.

Grade II Kent - copy - copy


"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."

Patio TW - copy - copy


"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."

Hedging E Sussex - copy - copy


"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."

10 years Surrey - copy - copy


"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."

12 Weeks E Sussex - copy - copy


"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."

12 weeks E Sussex - copy - copy


"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."

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.

website by ginger & fig

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.

website by ginger & fig. copyright © 2015 slate grey