Sutton Courtenay, Oxfordshire

Grass Roots Garden design and Incastone had several meetings with the client in order to confirm the design and major transformation of the garden of this quaint Oxfordshire cottage.

Once confirmed Incastone began the landscaping works to include the digging out of the rear garden, retaining walls faced with Cotswold walling stone, steps, seating a BBQ area, pathways and outdoor lighting.

We hired a local labourer and digger driver to try our best at keeping some of the monies within the local community. We sourced all our materials from local quarries and builders yard and during the week we hired a static caravan for staff at a very picturesque camp site along the river Thames.

In week one we removed over 60 Tonnes of soil and clay allowing us to push the rear garden back some 5m or so. This brought much more light into the rear of the house and allowed for a ground level garden and seating area.

We stumbled across an underground spring and rerouted this within a channel drain system and piped the flow around the property out onto the soak away bordering the highway.

We then laid footings and retaining walls and used steel wall ties to secure our faced Cotswold stone wall with regular weep holes and Indian sandstone coping.

We created a second level semi circular seating area built into the garden with steps leading up to the lawn.

From the parking area to the front door we laid a buff coloured Hoggin pathway with a Cotswold stone edging.

Outdoor lighting was installed with brick lights and ground lights allowing relaxing BBQ s during warm summer evenings.