Archive | September, 2012

New project

We have just started on a small project in south Herefordshire. We are replacing the front wall with one built from reclaimed walling stone and leveling the lawn slightly.

We had a bit of a problem today when one of the rubber tracks on the digger started to snap, not a good idea to have this break while the digger is in the middle of the garden! I have a new set on order so should be going again by tomorrow lunch time.

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Replacing the brick wall with a stone wall and picket fence

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Finishing touches

All the hard landscaping is now finished on the Britvic job in Hereford. I have been working out a planting plan with the client which is now on order. It will be an interesting planting with lots of edibles mixed with some ornamental and areas left for annual vegetables.

See Joy Larkom’s book Creative vegetable gardening which I used for inspiration.

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Ready for planting



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Water play feature

I have been designing a range of water play features that can easily be installed into any playground. I believe enabling a child to play with water in a safe manner can provide a hugely beneficial addition to the natural play environment and is also stacks of fun.

I will soon upload onto the web site several designs and photos of complete water play kits, the photos below give a taster of what I’m thinking.

Water play feature

Water play


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Natural stone path

The photo below is of the Britvic garden that we are landscaping in Hereford. The path is laid with Hereford stone as ‘crazy paving’, this gives a good visual contrast to the uniform flagstones used for the patio area.

Natural stone path Hereford

Natural stone path Hereford


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Natural play space

I came across this on twitter and think it is spot on.

“Imagination inspires dreams and dreams open doors” Debbie Green

Copper Beech have been lucky enough to build some great natural play spaces at play groups and schools, I like to put an emphasis on creating spaces that will encourage kids to use their imagination.

The photo below illustrates this well, we were commissioned to build a temporary play area for Kindergarten children while building work was happening at the school, the whole area was later moved to a permanent location once the building work was over.

With this simple frame and a good amount of smooth chestnut stick the children instantly started creating dens, ships, look outs etc etc, endless fun.

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A natural play space



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Hereford flagstones

Copper Beech Garden Design Ltd was set up to provide a landscaping service that would consider the impact of our activities on people and the environment. One of our aims is to reduce our carbon footprint as much as possible, landscaping does involve the use of a lot of machinery and moving a lot of materials to and from work sites.

The photo below is of the flagstones we are laying in Hereford on the Britvic job. The stone is quarried in a small scale quarry, two guys and a disc cutter, and is only fourteen miles from the job.

I know I keep on about it on this blog, I promise I don’t have shares in the quarry, but its a good quality local resource and in my opinion looks beautiful. No need to import stone from around the world.

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The Britvic job taking shape


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School grounds

We had a good week last week despite some terrible weather. The raised beds are in place, I’m really pleased with the curve of these beds and the paths.

School grounds natural play

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