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BRIGHTVIEW property maintenance provides years of experience. I take pride in delivering consistently excellent service and results for my costumers. maintenance, design to enhancements my comprehensive service makes your job easy offering thoughtful solutions and an experience consistent in both quality and reliability. keeping your property at its best now and in the future. I'm someone you can rely on.

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Reviewed by Sue on 18/3/2021

Prompt. Efficient. Polite. Job done at a fair price

If you wish to get in touch direct please call the number displayed on our home page thank you White oak tree&landscapes fair and negotiable prices for great quality work to the best of our ability from tree felling, pruning, topping, pollarding Hedges trimmed, shaped landscape designs inc turfing, artificial grass, patios, fencing and more For more photos of work we have carried out check out our instagram If you live within a 30 miles radius of chippenham wiltshire for a free quote get in touch direct

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Reviewed by David on 25/2/2021

Communication was excellent and Roy went above and beyond in my opinion to get the job done. Very competitively priced, communicates well and definitely worth hiring. 5 stars.

we are a family run tree surgeon and landscape business with a passion to turn your dreams into your reality

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Reviewed by Kieron on 2/4/2021

Wouldn't rate this person at all, we arranged that he would call round to give a quote on his way to pick up a new truck, he failed to turn up to, wouldn't mind I turned down the other two people who wanted to quote because their feedback wasn't as good. Ended up getting someone who pushed a leaflet thru the door, came round same day job done in 1 1/2 hrs.

We are a local plumbing and heating company from Ayrshire carrying out domestic service install and repair on both plumbing and heating systems

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Reviewed by Addam on 8/3/2021

Always reliable, does a great job.

DKL property services Ltd are a family run company, based in the home counties. We provide our customers with the complete property improvement package. Together with trusted trades persons and partners we have built up many years of experience, and we always provide a professional and reliable service.

Keystone Builders Sw is your local bricklayer offering high quality work and also a specialist in stonework. At Keystone Builders Sw - We pride ourselves on our commitment to provide a professional and speedy service at all times, whilst maintaining the highest quality of work. We have a proven track record of innovative designs, effective problem solving and attention to detail and our goal is to meet and exceed the expectations of every customer. We take on all types of jobs from small domestic work to larger projects, all carried out to the highest standards, and at very competitive prices.

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Reviewed by Jonathan on 11/3/2021

Totally excellent. Dan and his team are friendly, efficient, well priced and really helpful. Would happily use again.

Handy man !!!

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Reviewed by helen on 12/4/2021

Very good quality work

GilliesPropertyServices We're a small business covering all aspects of property maintenance, from Heating & Plumbing Electrical Services all part P and 18th addition. All engineer's fully Qualified Domestic & Commercial

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Reviewed by Mark on 31/3/2021

Spot on service, very quick response and dealt with the problem with ease Thank you

Im a garden designer passionate about making the most from peoples ourdoor spaces! I have a Citb qualification in heath and saftety supervision & City and giulds in woodwork

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Reviewed by jOHN on 1/4/2021

Great Works did a great job very polite and even help with neighbour complaining. Highly recommend also good price

We are a family run business specializing in various types of gardening/landscaping/tree/property maintenance services/roofing, lawn care, garden designing, pressure washing, patios, driveways and much more. Please contact us for more in depth information and advice or for a no obligation quotation.

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Reviewed by Ricky on 21/1/2021

Emma and the guys who carried out the work were brilliant from start to finish. We arranged the job quickly and easily and I’m seriously impressed with the quality of work on show. Very happy, I’d 100% recommend SE Landscapes.

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Garden Design specialists - what you need to know

Below you’ll find information to help you understand the different elements of garden design and the key things to be aware of before you start transforming your outside space. Find some initial ideas to talk through with a garden designer, including making the most of a small garden.

What does garden design involve?

Garden design is about more than mowing a lawn and putting a couple of plants in the ground. A good design takes into account a few key elements:

  • How you want to use the space.
  • The amount of light the garden receives, and at what times of the day.
  • The quality of your soil.

For example, you won’t want to put a shed in the best spot for catching a bit of sun, or have a patio that’s entirely in the shade.

A garden designer will help you make the most of the available space, no matter how big or small. They’ll also establish how keen a gardener you are to make sure the finished garden is either easy to maintain, or gives you something to get your teeth into – if you’re the green-fingered type.  

Cost of garden design work

The cost of the work will depend on what you’re having done and the size of your garden, but prices tend to start at around £200. A good garden designer will discuss what you want to get out of your garden and ask you about your budget before coming up with ideas.

Low maintenance garden ideas

  • You can stop a garden from looking untidy by dividing it into small sections. Plants, hedges, low walls and raised beds give a sense of order. Paths made from wood chips, slabs or bark help prevent weeds.
  • Growing plants at different heights can give the illusion of there being more than there are, so you get the look of a fuller garden, with fewer plants to keep healthy. Shrubs, herbs and verbena are low maintenance plant options for adding colour.
  • Rockeries and water features don’t need much looking after. Avoid shallow water features to save needing to top them up when they dry out. If you’d like a pond, avoid getting fish as the pH balance of the water settles naturally without them, giving you fewer algae problems so less cleaning time.
  • To save cutting the lawn, artificial turf could be your best friend but if you want the real thing and don’t mind doing a little cutting every now and again, slow growing or drought resistant turf could be better options.

Ideas for small gardens

  • To create more space, choose similar flooring to the inside of your home when picking the outside tiling.
  • Divide a garden into different sections and add diagonal or winding paths. Extending the time it takes to get from one side of the garden to the other will make it feel bigger.
  • Laying pavers at an angle to the property instead of parallel will draw the eye across the garden and extend the space.
  • Attaching foliaged climbers to wires across areas of your garden will give it an extra dimension.
  • Think about growing upwards rather than outwards with a trellis attached to your fence, or a vertical wall made up of climbers, grasses and ferns. A green wall can also help you lower your energy bills through providing more insulation and reducing the amount of heat that’s lost through the wall of your home. When it comes to choosing other plants, pick types that grow upwards like sweet peas and black-eyed susans so they take up less room.

Planning permission for garden design jobs

Planning permission only comes into play when you’re building or installing decking, fences, walls and gates. You’ll need to apply for planning permission if:

  • The decking would be higher than 30cm above the ground.
  • The decking or other raised platforms would cover more than half of the total area of the garden.
  • A fence, gate or wall would be over 2 metres high, or over 1 metre high near a highway that’s used by vehicles (or a footpath next to the highway).
  • The fence, gate or wall would form a boundary with a listed building or land.

If you live in a listed building or you have a front garden that you want to pave over, you should check with your Local Planning Authority as different rules may apply.

Insurance for garden design work

While it’s not a legal requirement, it’s a good idea for all garden designers to have public liability insurance so they’re covered for personal injuries or accidental damage to a property.

Questions you should ask your garden designer

  • How long have they been working as a garden designer for?
  • Can they show you examples of work they’ve carried out?
  • Can they give you a scaled design of what the finished garden will look like?
  • Do they have public liability insurance and what does this cover?
  • Will they give a guarantee for the work and how long does this last? Are there separate guarantees for different plants?
  • Does the quote for the work include waste disposal? If not, check with your local council how you would go about getting it taken away.

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