construction & planting
Landmark has been at the forefront of garden construction and planting since the mid 1990’s.
During this time we have developed gardens of all shapes and sizes, from small city courtyards to large private estates.
We try to be as transparent as possible with our pricing and we employ industry standard cost estimating software. So, regardless of the size of the garden or the scale of a contract, our prices will always remain fair and uniform
i ) groundworks
Groundworks refer to the work done (usually with heavy plant) to prepare sub-surfaces for the start of construction works.
Aside from any demolition or site enabling works that may need to be carried out, groundworks are usually the first stage of a construction project.
The choice of building materials is crucial to both the appearance of a garden and also its longevity.
But often the social and environmental impact is overlooked.
For example, much of the Indian sandstone that is imported, has been quarried by a child workforce or by 'bonded labour'.
If its cheap, alarm bells should ring.
We carefully evaluate the functional and aesthetic properties of our chosen building materials, as well as the social and environmental provenance.
When appropriate, we advocate and particularly enjoy reusing salvaged building materials from reputable suppliers, close to the contract site.
ii ) material sourcing
We take a lot of pride in our work and like to refer to our dedicated team as Craftsmen and women.
The traditional skills required to work with vernacular building materials and to understand their properties is a precious resource that we cherish and aim to pass on through our apprenticeship schemes.
Whether we are building drystone walls or laying mixed native hedgerow, our craftsmen will work with pride to ensure a such skills are preserved.
iii ) craftsmanship
We are particularly careful about bio-security when sourcing plants and trees.
We commit to using only reputable UK trade nurseries that are diligent in their sourcing of plants from mainland Europe.
Where necessary, we work with agents on the continent to procure only the very best large specimen shrubs, trees and topiary.
iv ) plant sourcing
The plants are why we got into gardens in the first place. They are the living, breathing, ever changing clothes that a garden wears throughout the seasons.